Sunday, January 08, 2006

Who Liberated Dachau? Part Two

In a follow-up to the previous post, I located a few pictures from the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum regarding Japanese Americans (?) and Dachau.

Check out picture number four and a caption which reads...

Two Japanese-American soldiers with the 522nd Field Artillery Battalion stand in front of the crematorium in the Dachau concentration camp soon after the liberation.

One of those pictured is Bob Ikeda.

The 522nd Field Artillery operated as an independant battalion in the southern German campaign in the spring of 1945. The enlisted men of the battalion were all Japanese Americans from the west coast and Hawaii. Units of this battalion liberated prisoners on one of the death marches from Dachau near the town of Waakirchen on May 2, 1945.

Date: May 1945 Locale: Dachau, [Bavaria] Germany
Copyright: Agency Agreement (No Fees)

First off, there is no mention of Japanese Americans liberating Dachau at the USHMM website.

Secondly the picture is so blurred that I can't make out the face of the soldier on the left.

Thirdly, the soldier on the right doesn't look like an ethnic Japanese to me. He looks Native American. In fact he looks a lot like my cousin who's 100% Gros Ventre American Indian from Blaine County, Montana.

I've lived amongst Asians and Indians all my life. That's enough time to recognize one from the other and I'm willing to wager that is a picture of Native American soldiers from the Thunderbird Division.

The post provides a name "Bob Ikeda". There is no credit for the photographer so how can this be verified? Copyright is listed "Agency Agreement (No Fees)". Which agencies agreed to post this?

Unfortunately I have become skeptical of any history provided by Japanese Americans since the money bill fiasco of 1988. I could be wrong and if you can solve the mystery please do.

Until then I suspect this picture is planted by the reparations movement. It is historically questionable and deserves to be treated with skepticism.


At March 06, 2006 12:44 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey Anonymous, can't you put a full sentence together without your ad hominum attack on the Bainbridge Historian. You are the "racist" and a hater. Don't lecture others about your shilling work for special interests that do not represent the true best interests of Japanese Americans, either here on BI and nationally. Please direct me to your website so I can see what an intellectual vacuum you really are.

Stop listening to the GO-TO-GUY and his delusions of persecution and pyramid building.

At April 14, 2006 10:54 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The guy on the right looks like Marlon Brando to me. The guy has too much of a gut to be Japanese-American, especially a JA who's been out in the field with the military for months on end.


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