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ng as T. formation bombers 11, received sSr On the return on down in attending air son Distinguished and Wounded Soldier Kills Japanese Continued From Pace 1-BJ slit their stomachs open rather than surrender. Â· Drags Out Enemy "i draggeed out one live Jap, who had been shot in the leg. told.us where 30 other Nips holed up-in another cave. We ri*er them, but we might as have saved ourselves the trip all committed hara kiri by disemboweling disemboweling themselves . with hand grenades." Vasaiir-e's one word description of the 1 . Japanese as a fighting is "sneaky." . . 'They remind me of jungle said the infantryman. "They move as silently as rats and fight as savagely. Almost every night on ; , . = - Â· Â«""Â«Â·Â»Â«. tÂ»cij iiigjiL'-uii saipan they tried to sneak past outguards,_get in our foxholes us, and knife us. I. think one reason they try thasa tactics is a lot of their ammunition is very low grade stuff, and they probably probably figured they could kill more GI's with knives than with bui- lets. Choked To Death "One night a'. Jap. m anaged in get into a foxhole with two guys in my platoon. He was about to knife one of them in the back when the other fellow .grabbed Nip and choked him to death. I was in *a foxhole only a few feet away and could hear the scuffle, and the next morning I saw the Jap's body where the fellows had heaved it out of their hole." Vasaure related the difficulty American infantrymen had in conx'incins: conx'incins: Japanese civilians on Sai- pan they were not going to' be tortured and slain. "The Jap officers and soldiers wold boil them," he said, "that .volud boil them in oil and cut :hem up in small pieces if we iold of them, and many of them committed suicide by leaping off cliffs into the sea--whole families at a time--until we finally were able to get the word spread thai: Americans treat civilians decently. decently. Civilians Half Starved of today "The civilians I saw were more than half starved. I remember giving a piece of candy to one who was so hungry he gulped it down without even taking the I paper wrapping off." . Vasaure, who was enroute to Torney .General Hospital at Palm Springs", makes his home in Fresno with his grandmother, Mrs. .Mer- 1 cedes Mora. Vasaure wears the Purple Heart and has been awarded the Combat Infantryman Badge for exemplary conduct in action against the enemy. . .