Sunday, November 28, 2010

Going and Coming: Eleven Days in 1941

Shanghai, China: November 28, 1941

Sixty-nine years ago today, members of the United States Marine Corps, Fourth Marine Regiment Band (with accompanying troops) left the International Settlement at Shanghai. This photo captures the moment. It was but ten days before the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor and the entry of the United States into World War II.

Shanghai, China: 8 December 1941

Ten days later, on December 8, the Japanese occupied the International Settlement. In a Hollywood retelling, an English boy is lost in the confusion in a harrowing scene from my favorite Steven Spielberg film.

Note: Fourth Marine Regiment Band photo courtesy of China Marines website.

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