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Walter Schmidt

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Join Linda Loomis as she interviews Walter Schmidt about his World War II experiences.Walter recalls basic training in Illinois and postings to Alaska, the Aleutian Islands, California, Texas and finally the Pacific island of Ie Shima. The war ended while Walter was still stationed in Ie Shima, a small island near Okinawa. The two Japanese planes, carrying representatives from the Emperor of Japan, had to land there and transfer their delegation to American planes before they were allowed to fly on to the formal surrender ceremonies in the Philippines. Walter witnessed the landing of the Japanese planes and the subsequent search of the delegation. He discusses the reasoning behind this demand and displays several photographs taken that day.

Linda Loomis is an English professor at the State University of New York at Oswego.

Running Time: 54:58

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