Marine Corps News From World War Two: Interpreters To Wait ‘Til ‘Tokyo Day’ To Re-Enlist
Carl | July 29, 2014
A couple of interpreters with nothing to interpret, 2dLts. Cheung Keun Lee and Rev. Yonjr Hak Park are returning to civilian life after two months on Guadalcanal.
The young Koreans served as scout-interpreters but had only one live Jap’ to interview and he was so weak from hunger that he gave little Information.
“The Japs are good fighters because they are ashamed to be captured,” said Lt. Yong. “They wanted to die so the Marines had to kill them.”
The pair was attached to a Raider unit at the time they completed a years duty in accordance with a government contract, and traveled 15,000 miles through the Pacific and South Pacific.
Rev. Yong intends to return to his pastorate with the San Francisco Korean Methodist Church.
Cheung will remain in Los Angeles. B
Both hope to return to active duty when the time comes to move on Tokyo, they said.
From The May 1943 Issue Of The Marine Corps Chevron
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