A very personal post for me today--because of Memorial Day, I often think of my Dad, a WWII vet. He died in 2004, at 91. As I write this, I can hear his great-grandchildren he never got to see, playing by the farm's machine shop.
He never spoke much about his time in war--I know he was in the army in the pacific theatre. When the war was won with Japan, he was stationed on what was called "Occupied Japan." One of the mementos he brought back is on the wall behind his photo--a very old, delicate fan. It's evocative of the time, isn't it?
It sat on a shelf collecting dust for years before I took it and had it framed in an archival frame. It is to me an important reminder of not just my Dad's history, but of history. Brave men and woman have sacrificed in so many wars, but my dad lived and had a long, productive, life.
One of the most awesome moments I ever had with my dad was over this picture of him. I had brought my laptop and tiny printer home, 3 months before he died. I showed him his photo on the screen and then printed it out. He was so amazed! He grew up without electricity or running water and even though now he had all the amenities of a modern life, he was shocked at what I showed him. The changes he saw during his lifetime are phenomenal.
That's why his photo and the Japanese fan are prominently displayed together in my home. It reminds me of the past, my dad, and the long history of our country. I am proud to be an American and can honor my father on Memorial Day.
Reflect on the past, WW2 Occupied Japan military memorabilia. Aug. 15, 1945 the United States announced Japan's unconditional surrender. Kyoto Japan 6th Army Occupation Force 1945-1946. 3 pieces: Hand painted on cloth or silk. Silk flag- retractable bamboo pole. SOLD
L1833N It is surprising what turns up in old soldiers sheds. This is something unusual for the telephone collectors. One of two 1946 - 1952 (occupied Japan?), "wind up telephones in black Bakelite cases. (220mm x 180mm, H:100mm). Both appear to be in remarkably good condition. We are assuming that the old Australian Soldier, veteran of Occupied Japan, brought them back from Japan when he returned after his tour of duty. They are available for sale at Newlyn Antiques & Cottage Garden Nursery for $35.00 each. Note there is a spare handset for parts.