Working on my Postcard Collection

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A postcard from the Cote D’Azur

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posted to a resident of Belmont Park, Donnybrook, Dublin, Ireland.  I suspect I found this at one of the Dublin City Bookfairs.  I was probably attracted to the Belmont Park address – a flashback to my hometown address of Belmont Massachusetts.  The world shrinks sometimes.

11th Airborne Division in Japan

Pacific Paratrooper

Smitty’s, Broad Channel, NY

Atsugi Airfield, Japan

Just as General Douglas MacArthur said to Gen. Robert Eichelberger that it was a long road to Tokyo, so it was for Smitty. Yes, the stretch from Broad Channel to Camp MacKall and finally Atsugi Airfield was a long and arduous road, but here, the 11th Airborne Division arrives in Japan to begin the Occupation and to help start the rebuilding of a country.

Aerial view, Atsugi Airfield

With the initial arrival of the division, rarely was a female between the ages of 8 and 70 seen on the streets. The Japanese had heard their government’s propaganda for years as to the American looting and raping, so they were understandably afraid of the conquering troops. But many were confused about the peaceful attitude of the soldiers and a member of the 511th regiment was stopped one day by a Japanese officer, he asked…

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