Monument honors Japanese & Americans who died during the bombing of Shizuoka
The Japan Times reports that a memorial plaque honoring Americans who died while bombing the city of Shizuoka has been unveiled near the spot their planes went down:
“(With the plaque, I expect) people to understand who was killed here . . . and the names of the people who honored those who were killed,” Jerry Yellin, 84, from Florida said before attending the ceremony, which commemorates both Japanese and Americans who died in the bombing.
On June 19, 1945, 123 B-29s took off from Guam on a mission to bomb the city. In the early morning of June 20, they dropped incendiary bombs that killed 2,000 people and wreaked havoc on the city. During the attack, however, two bombers collided and 23 airmen were killed, the ceremony organizers said.
Late city assemblyman Fukumatsu Ito found the wreckage of the bombers, buried the Americans and built two monuments — one for the Japanese victims and the other for the U.S. airmen.
A local doctor, Hiroya Sugano, later discovered the site and was impressed by Ito’s actions. Since 1972, he has been conducting a memorial service at the site each year for all of the victims.