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—r^ ~ tf cprLesteTBugg.. ^P Acade my street, home from Academy Vau _ han Ggne experiences wmci H g, d , n j apan camps since late jn 1942 mos t of the time employed m work near th e co astt C pL Dor•^«.!- sey observed numerous' American air raids, saw entire cities burned out by incendiary bombs and was x .' air . oui oy mcenoiaiy DUIUDS n«u w« impressed by the sire of American planes, the deadly accuracy of the «..._ . n j J.. r ; n cr fho l=rf mnnthk pianes, uie ueouij «u;u»i;jf «.» me flyers and during the last months of thp war. the ease with which I *' Leo ~ •— - "\,f m *•"'.,* u ~ •? -i ; Bombed Out of Barracks in Jap Prison C- • „, .. , OVBIEN Two Janesville members of -the 192nd Tank battalion* who returned returned to their homes here this week on furlough, spent* many days toward the end of their more than 3K years in Jap .prison camps ducking bombs 'from- American planes but« both report now^that it was' a pleasure because as the air raids became more and-more intensive they realized that the day of their liberal on was drawing drawing closer. , , The returned men. both in,apparent in,apparent good health, are: CpL Leo Dorsey, 639 Chestnut street, wno is home for 24' days 'from Mayo Vaughan General hospital for 30 days. Both men, although confined in different camps, offer personal testimony to the .atrocity stories reported by other ' liberated -Jap concerning lack of food, rough treatment, unfavorable wor %, ng cations and other pri- vations but can also testify to some mrnm-ionmu: which WCrC BmUSing. since late they carried on V their job of "destroying "destroying * key military > objectives along the coast of Japan. The first 1 display of American ah- power in force was .seen by Dorsey in December/1944 when he was working on the west coast, of Japan/There were about, 20 raids iri December, more in January and from (then on they"-became even more, numerous and more destructive~as destructive~as the Jap opposition dropped off to practically nothing. It was during a raid in January that he saw a Jap plane knocked from the sky; It crashed in flames within a mile of the place" from which he witnessed the air battle between a few 'Jap fighters and a force of American B-29's, CUy Baraed Out While he was held in a camp at Tsuruga in Honshu on the See of Japan. < that city was completely burned out by American incendiary bombs. The American prisoners, having become accustomed to-air raid signals,'paid little attention to the first alert siren but moved pretty fast when the short blast came indicating planes almost overhead. Cpl^Dorsey went to the lower floor o his barracks during the-raid but attempted to reach his bunk on the third floor when the buTding burst-into.flames. He was unable to obtain any of his clothing to add to the wooden shoes and shorts he was wearing. He did find an old blanket and a i a. CM. u *- f

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  1. Janesville Daily Gazette,
  2. 16 Nov 1945, Fri,
  3. Page 1

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