VJ Day – in gratitude

A post about a Burma veteran written by his grandson and published in 2010.

George Blogs

August 15 2010 marks the 65th anniversary of VJ Day, the day that Japan surrendered, the official end to the Second World War. My Grandad was serving in Burma – now 92 his memories of that time are as vivid today as they were the first time round. My Grandad often says that he went to war as a boy and came back a changed man. He was, and is, a quietly reflective person; he’d admit himself that he’s a worrier, a sensible type; he’ll also readily acknowledge that he has only lasted this long with the support of my Gran, a solid tower of strength for him during and after the war. I can not begin to imagine what he must have been through, what he saw, what he had to live with. I know that my Gran discourages him from discussing the war nowadays as she feels it…

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2 thoughts on “VJ Day – in gratitude

  1. I thought of my uncle today. Captured by the Japanese in Burma, he was never the same man after the war, despite raising a family and doing his best to get over it. He died confused and addled, in his early 70s. I am pleased that the author’s granddad came home unscathed, and was able to tell his stories.
    Best wishes, Pete.

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