Sorties into Hell: The Hidden War on Chichi Jima

Overview

In October 1946, Colonel Presley Rixey arrived by destroyer at Chichi Jima to repatriate 22,000 Japanese who had been bypassed during the war in the Pacific. While waiting for a Marine battalion to arrive, the colonel met daily with a Japanese commission assigned to assist him. When asked what had happened to American prisoners on the island, the Japanese hatched a story to hide the atrocities that they had committed. In truth, the downed flyers had been captured, executed, and eaten by certain senior Japanese ...

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Overview

In October 1946, Colonel Presley Rixey arrived by destroyer at Chichi Jima to repatriate 22,000 Japanese who had been bypassed during the war in the Pacific. While waiting for a Marine battalion to arrive, the colonel met daily with a Japanese commission assigned to assist him. When asked what had happened to American prisoners on the island, the Japanese hatched a story to hide the atrocities that they had committed. In truth, the downed flyers had been captured, executed, and eaten by certain senior Japanese officers. This is the story of the investigation, the cover-up, and the last hours of those Americans who disappeared into war's wilderness and whose remains were distributed to the cooking galleys of Chichi Jima.

Rixey's suspicion of a cover-up was later substantiated by a group of Americans returning from Japan who had lived on Chichi Jima for generations. It would take five months of gathering testimony to uncover all the details. Thirty war criminals were eventually tried at Guam in 1947, five of whom met their fate on the gallows.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780275980818
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 8/30/2003
  • Pages: 234
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.56 (d)

Meet the Author

CHESTER HEARN is the author of numerous books including The American Soldier in World War II.

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Table of Contents

Illustrations
Acknowledgments
Introduction
1 Prelude to Iwo Jima 1
2 War Comes to Chichi Jima 13
3 The Question 29
4 Return of the Natives 51
5 The Entrapment of Major Horie 69
6 The Search Begins 87
7 The Flesh Eaters 103
8 The Execution of Floyd Ewing Hall 117
9 The Flyers from the Bunker Hill 127
10 Semper Fi 143
11 The Search for the Unknowns 157
12 The Criminals of Chichi Jima 167
13 Decision at Guam 181
Epilogue 195
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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 17, 2003

    The Death Trap

    Sorties Into Hell: Chichi Jima The Death Trap. Iwo Jima was hell, Chichi Jima impossible, the most fortified spot on earth. What the Marines discovered when they occupied the island in 1945 was so revolting that even battle hardened Marines were horrified. Our Government thought it best not to reveal the details of how American prisoners died on Chichi Jima and kept this information hidden for over half a century. Only now are we allowed to know that any pilots taken prisoner on Chichi Jima were faced with beheading and their bodies actually eaten by the General Staff. What has been hidden from the American people, and the families of our martyrs has finally been brought into the light. Chester Hearn¿s careful research places us on Chichi Jima in 1945 as our Marine Intelligence gathers the evidence and the complete background of what transpired. His laborious research has gathered every iota of information that reveals the truth for the first time. He questioned the surviving Marines who discovered the murders and those who participated in the search for the guilty. We are allowed to be present during the interrogation of the general staff as the Japanese attempt to conceal their barbarism. We accompany Marine Intelligence as they dual with the Japanese fabrication concealing their barbarism. The book is packed full of drama and suspense. The book culminates in the details of the trail on Guam and justice being served. At last our comrades crying out from the grave for justice have been heard. This is a book that had to be written, a book that every American should read. A damn good read. Bill Farroll, Marine who witnessed the above.

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