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Jerome (JERRY) Odette Chong Oh Violla Orloff        

Jerome (JERRY) Odette

U.S. Navy

Born: 1926
Oceanside, CA
United States
Original home:
Kankakee, IL
United States

I was aboard the USS Saugatauc,AO75, we were anchored in Naha Bay Okinawa. It was about 3 or 4 AM we were sleeping on deck because it was so hot. The shore batteries began firing their big guns. We thought we were under attack and wondered why we weren't called to GQ. Then the news came over the loud speakers that the war was over and Japan had surrendered. We then joined in with the celebration. Shortly there after we were attacked by a squadron of Japaneze planes, they bombed and sunk a Destroyer or Cruiser (don't remember which) and caused all kinds of havock on the Island.Later either that day or the day after we again were told it was confirmed that the war was over. Instead of rejoicing we all started toward the gun mounts, saying OK Japs come on we are ready for this time. But this time it was true and we all rejoiced with the thought of going home,which didn't happen for several months later.

Chong Oh


Violla Orloff

(Maiden Name: Levy)

U.S. Army Air Corps

Born: 1921
Encino, CA
United States
Original home:
San Francisco, CA
United States

For a year, I had been stationed at Moore Field, Texas working in the radio shack days and nights in the control tower during night landing practice.

The news came over the control tower's radio, and we soon spread it all over the field. Additionally, the local newspaper had 6" headlines proclaiming the surrender of the Japanese, and stating "Texas accepts too."

Of course those of us who were not Texans laughed about that headline, but soon joined in the celebration. I felt relief, since my husband was on one of the Mariannas islands.

The next day while at work in the radio shack, I was ordered back to my barracks. My barracks buddies had packed my belongings for me. and then shoved me into a truck which took me to the railroad station. My orders contained a promotion to sergeant and to report to Camp Beale, California's separation center, where I was assigned as secretary to General Birks. I worked there until I was discharged.

During that time, I was most honored to help process a group of Japanese-Americans from the famous unit. We were so honored by their impressive battle records that we all stood at attention as they entered the room.

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