Haze was convinced he would only go off to World War II for around 4 months, but ended up fighting for 4 years. This hardened him inside. He went into the war intending to go back and be a preacher like his grandfather, but came out an atheist.
The 5"/25 (127 mm) battery aboard the U.S. Navy battleship USS New Mexico (BB-40) prepares to fire during the bombardment of Saipan 15 June 1944. Note the time-fuze setters on the left side of each gun mount each holding three "fixed" rounds of ammunition; the barrels of 20 mm machine guns at the extreme right; and triple the 14"/50 (34.5 cm) guns in the background.
Marine, pictured in July looks at the bodies of dead Japanese soldiers killed during the battle for control of Saipan.Nearly Japanese troops died
Japanese emperor Akihito worked to console the people reconcile with Asia The emperor who will abdicate soon has done much to build relationships with other countries in the region and is well-respected in his homeland. TOKYO: A special panel to debate the timing of Emperor Akihitos abdication Japans first in nearly two centuries meets on Friday setting the stage for a formal decision by the government. Akihito who turns 84 on December 23 and has had heart surgery and been treated for…
US soldier cradles a wounded Japanese boy in a cockpit during the Battle of Saipan 1944. Photo by Peter Stackpole.