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Japanese Kamikaze pilot. Dad's ship, USS Hunter Liggett shot down four Zeros during the Guadacanal-Solomon Island Campaign.

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Corporal Araki Yukio holding a puppy, with four other pilots of the 72nd Shinbu Squadron around him, 26 May 1945. They were all Special Attack (kamikaze) pilots. The day after on 27 May 1945, Araki’s Ki-51 bomber took off from Kagoshima, Japan, and never returned. He died at the age of 17.

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Kamikaze - Envision yourself LOOKING FACE OF THIS Japanese driver - ITS DETERMINATION TO DIE WITH PRIDE IN YOUR COUNTRY

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Stories like this need to be told more often. Found on Shorpy among the comments below photo at http://www.shorpy.com/node/5051. Entitled "Other side of the story.". Widens our view of the bombing of Pearl Harbor from the pilots' experience. The pilots had no idea they were performing a sneak attack until afterward, and even then, if any of them had a problem with it, they were given veiled threats. Very interesting. I'm not surprised. Our history books never give us the total 'real'…

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