Hey denny....I have to report/retort that I am of no relation, whether it be by blood or in law, to anybody directly or indirectly connected to this subject. Sorry. I just expressed an opinion as many do on this forum. Nothing personal or malicious intended. Cheers.
One must question why Sakakida waited for months after the war to come in and report to U.S. officials. Why after taking Lou Jurikas father on a wild goose chase at the Chinese cemetery for the remains of his mother. Yet after being threatened with his life, the very next hole that was dug, contained the remains of Jurikas mother. There is a creeping movement to quietly rewrite history beneath our notice. As long as there are people willing to pull up the doormat and expose these cockroaches, it will not happen.
The only person we have any statement from concerning the manner in which Sakakida came into US custody, is Sakakida. Sakakida implies he was rescued, his detractors say he was captured. Now, what's more likely to happen to a Japanese in a tattered Japanese uniform, a gunpoint surrender or a group hug?
Now, here's where I go forensic, by testing that claim in the light of subsequent known facts.
If Sakakida was welcomed into the open arms of emissaries sent by MacArthur / or Willoughby, then why is it that shortly afterwards, he is under lock and key in Bilibid Prison? Why is he being subject of a hostile interrogation? Is it a quiet discussion or one hostile enough to be heard in the next room? Why are there no orders in MacArthur's files to be found "to go rescue" him? Why is it that after he is "rescued", there's no mention of his stomach wounds? A miracle cure for someone who was gut shot? Why during the course of a hostile examination, doesn't Sakakida name the names of the guerillas who could vouch for him? Why not brag about organizing a jail breakout? Because he's modest? No, because his story would have been shot full of holes, and shortly after, him too!
Stripped of names, what happens next? A Captain pulls a gun on an American sergeant found in a Japanese uniform, and threatens to shoot him if he doesn't admit, instantly, that he was personally present at the burial of corpses in two mass graves after a mass execution?
I agree that there is a movement to quietly rewrite history to make it less harsh upon some favored sons. It's called Revisionism. Its most insidious tool is to shame people NOT to use the words, concepts and descriptions and judgments of 1945 and to instead substitute weasel words of the devious and the insincere. They seek to demean our heroes and give us instead their turncoats.
There are more vermin than cockroaches under our doormat, and some of them are very powerful and influential persons indeed.
Post by Karl Welteke on Jun 30, 2012 9:40:16 GMT 8
Were there any victims of the Japanese Imperial Japanese Army's Kempeitai military police who survived and have anything written in regards to Sgt. Sakakida being present and his work or actions during the interrogations or did they all get executed?
I believe research was done at the Mac Arthur Museum in Norfolk in all the radio traffic between Gen. MacArthur’s HQ and the guerillas in the Philippines and there doesn’t seem to any traffic or information that has come from Sgt. Sakakida’s direction. Has anyone real information on that?
Where are the records of the interrogations of Sgt. Sakakida after his return to the American line. It is reported that they have disappeared. Does anyone know where they are and can they be shared with the public?
I am not aware of there being any known first-person memoirs in the English language which contribute anything concerning Sgt. Sakakida. There's a sequence of history books making brief reference to Sakakida, though these cannot be traced to any direct participants, but to Sakakida's own statements. So it appears that no one survived having Sakakida's direct assistance as translator.
Sakakida locating the mass graves, one of which contained Major Jurika's mother, occurred only after Maj. Jurika pulled his gun on Sakakida and threatened to shoot him. This was no friendly interrogation.
Correct. There is no record of any message traffic being found between Sgt Sakakida and those persons responsible for receiving reports from the Philippines. A claim by Sakakida to have sent a radio message predates there being any known guerilla radio in Luzon. Sakakida, during his lifetime, nor any person thereafter supporting his claims, has not been able to locate or produce any documentary message verification. It should be for the person making the claim of the message to prove the positive fact.
Only one author- researcher is known to have seen the original interrogation records, and he has not published to the general public. He has allowed some access to his unpublished paper, though. I have spoken with both Lou Jurika and Peter Parsons, and they consider that the absence of the records of interrogation from public access directly assists to cloud the issue of Sakakida's conduct.
Years later, an archivist at the National Archives in Takoma Park, MD, who, after a futile search for Sakakida's files, has been quoted as saying words to the effect that "It appears that someone did/does not want these files here (where they could be accessed)"
I have no way of knowing if anyone has ever brought a FOI application for declassification of Sgt. Sakakida's interrogation or any subsequent reports. I venture that when he again took up employment with the Army, they might have been placed with his personnel file. This would give the government a convenient excuse, were it to be needed, that they were destroyed in the St. Louis archives fire, though I myself would expect (based on no experience in the field) that detailed personnel records of military intelligence officers are not kept with general personnel files, and are not declassified on the same basis.
As far as is known, the only reason that Sgt. Sakakida's story was accepted was because a former colleague vouched for him. The colleague who vouched for Sakakida after the war was Arthur Komori, who at that time had not seen or heard from Sakakida since he (Komori) flew on last flight out of Corregidor to Panay and onward to Australia. When Komori made that supporting statement after the war, it was from a distance and without any evidence to support his statement except good faith in his old shipmate Sakakida from the 1941 trip from Honolulu to Manila and their subsequent time together on Bataan and Corregidor before the surrender.
Mr. Milligan, given an opportunity to reply to Mr. Jurika's article at corregidor.org/crypto/intel_01/sakakida_01.htm , has authored and submitted "SGT. RICHARD SAKAKIDA - AN ANALYSIS OF HIS UNDERCOVER EXPLOITS IN WWII PHILIPPINES" to BACEPOW, the Bay Area Civilian Ex-Prisoners of War.
I have had an opportunity to read it.
I have declined to publish it on legal grounds.
Post Script: BACEPOW have contacted me and advised that they will not be publishing Mr. Milligan's paper in its present state.
Through our friends at BACEPOW, and by author's permission, I now can post a copy of an Introduction which Peter Parsons has written concerning why it was that he found the Sakakida story deeply unsatisfactory.
History is important, otherwise revisionists would not spend so much time trying to change it. What we have here is more than a little scent of a scandal - the "cleansing" of WWII records by someone clearly most powerful and influential.
How About Plain Old Traitor? A forward to the following article by Louis Jurika; By Peter Parsons
I had an affidavit signed by Richard Sakakida saying that he was a witness to the execution of my grandmother, Blanche Walker Jurika. This small document was written in Japanese and was amongst my father’s (Chick Parsons’) archival stash. Some time in the early 1980s I had asked Dulce Festin Baybay to research for me whatever she could find about this execution, and to find out where this Sakakida had vanished to.
In the course of her searches she found his California address and wrote him twice asking for any information about what took place in North Cemetery at the end of August, 1944, or even in the earlier “trials.” He never responded to her.
I then wrote a letter to which he replied essentially that, yes, he had witnessed said execution and further that he would have gladly changed places with those prisoners—which apparently he did not do. I wrote him again for more details, but he stonewalled all my efforts to draw further comment from him.
I left this project behind me and went onto research in the mid 1990s the life and work of my own father. This took me to the National Archives in College Park, Maryland. While browsing through various files, I decided to see what I could find from the Sakakida material. I put in my request. And waited. Eventually the cart person returned with other items but he told me there was nothing on Sakakida. I squawked, because the stuff was listed; so I was taken to the head archivist.
This person took me into the archives to prove to me that an obvious error had been made. We got to the right section. This was deep in the heart of the holiest of holy places. The man looked up a few shelves, down several, to the left and to the right. He scratched his head.
“Someone wants this file not to be here,” he pronounced solemnly. “It’s definitely not here.”
Fast forward to 2011. I am now part of a fairly large number of people engaged in assisting my cousin Lou Jurika in researching the subject of Richard Sakakida. Lou’s article for the BACEPOW journal, Beyond the Wire, follows. I asked a friendly researcher at NARA, Bonnie Rowan, if she would look for the Sakakida papers—to see if they were still missing.
She replied that they were back in the archives, but it looked like our target did not exist before 1947. Everything earlier was gone. To use my own expression, the papers had been “sanitized.” It seemed to me that someone of immense political power or “pull” had removed the papers for this purpose.
Meanwhile, Sakakida and his brother in law had written/published a biography in which Sakakida claimed to have performed brave, invaluable feats of derring do in Manila.
On the other side of the Pacific I interviewed, once again, for different purposes, several guerrillas, Gustavo Ingles, Frisco San Juan, Manuel de Ocampo—all of them of the Hunters group. To a man they told me that Sakakida had nothing to do with the guerrillas, he did not assist in any way whatever in the planning of the famous escape from New Bilibid (in Muntinlupa) Prison, that he had never passed any information to them for MacArthur’s GHQ. In fact, their only knowledge of Sakakida was that he was a rough “interpreter” for the KempeiTai, and was known for beating prisoner witnesses if they did not remain quiet and accept the Japanese judicial process.
Cousin Lou very ably puts together a case against the bogus claims of Mr. Sakakida, and I hope you enjoy reading his article as much as I have. I do not want to step on his punch lines or any of his story, so I will end with a parting shot at Sakaida:
To date, I am not aware of other researchers or published authors who have been prepared to leave behind the legalistic weasel-word 'turncoat' and to call Sakakida out for the traitor he was. One could understand this during the time Sakakida was alive, which is one of the valid reasons why the most accurate histories are written after the death of everyone relevant. As a turncoat, Sakakida might have passively conducted his self-serving pro-Japanese activities. A traitor, on the other hand, is a "pro-active" participant for the enemy. Given that the Japanese Army regularly taught brutality to its lower ranks by forcing them to be brutal to lesser mortals, so as to harden them, I cannot accept that Sakakida was not similarly tested and hardened during his unexamined years. The Kempeitai were Gestapo-like in their ruthlessness, and became all the more so as time progressed, and Sakakida spent his war within that perverted culture.
He was captured by US forces at the end of the war, wandering around north central Luzon with a bullet wound festering in his own gut. He was not “rescued” as he and others would like us to believe. He was captured as an enemy soldier. When he was being “debriefed” (read: “grilled”) in the earliest of CIC interviews with him, he was being questioned as an unreliable, dubious witness. It is interesting that during these sessions he went so far as to say he did not have guerrilla contacts. No mention was made of his having masterminded the Muntinlupa breakout.
I am sure he made these stories up much later to cover up a much more toxic reality, and to further distract interested parties away from the truth.
I am sure that he, while on Bataan and Corregidor as an American soldier, witnessed the mighty Imperial Japanese Army at its best. He experienced perhaps the most punishing artillery and aerial bombardments ever in history! The American side had lied to its troops about assistance being on its way. It’s General had “abandoned” his men. By the time Corregidor surrendered, Sakakida had made up his mind: I look like them; I speak their language; I have been educated like them. I am them. Before the American POWs had been marched to Old Bilibid [which I witnessed, by the way], Richard Sakakida was already in a Japanese uniform. He was already a Japanese soldier, i.e. “one of them.”
He had been content, in his retirement, to lie low in California, but when Dulce Baybay, then I, and then Lou Jurika discovered his existence and his whereabouts—and with Lou actually visiting him in his own home—heaven forbid—he felt it was time to come out with his distracting and highly entertaining as well as self-serving claims to heroism, all of which claims have turned out to be false. The hot breath of researchers was getting close to his neck.
This man’s whole new life as a “hero” was made possible by the single, unsubstantiated statement of approval made by his prewar friend and cohort, Art Komori, who had not seen or known anything of Sakakida since Corregidor days and knew nothing of his activities in occupied Manila. I’m sure he’s OK, says Komori to GHQ. And thus begins the whole new life, the past immediately erased, just as was done years later, literally, at the National Archives.
Richard Sakakida, I name you not only a heartless liar, one who never talked to the survivors of the thousands of executed victims you saw to their graves, but I also call you a traitor; and I only wish you were alive to face these comments in person. You were a traitor to the USA, to the Philippines and even, in the end oddly enough, to Japan.
Hey EXO....This is good stuff. It brings to my mind a similar case involving one of "our guys", one Corporal or Sergeant John David Provoo, who supposedly turned on his American/Filipino comrades shortly after Corregidor surrendered and aided the Japanese. I have never gotten the whole story or how it ended, but if memory serves, this creep "beat the rap", also, although his crimes were more of being a "snitch" rather than being an outright traitor,etc. Are you familiar with the Provoo (Provo???) yarn?
Provoo was clearly one of the proverbial nine guilty men which the law sets free so that it can exalt itself as protector against false conviction of the innocent tenth.
The tragedy of cases such as these shows how society has drifted into a state in which there is no more distinction between good and bad, and immorality has more justification for it than morality.
Sakakida was clearly a traitor, and years of fraud, lies, revisionism and defective scholarship have spent much time, trouble and treasure trying to make him into something he never was - a moral hero. The fact that he was seriously proposed for a Medal of Honor makes it even more egregious. If this was his reward, what extraordinary deed was it that he did for the political party (D) that put its support squarely behind him?
What sickness is in political society which attempts to place people with no moral compass into such an institution as the Medal of Honor?
No, I cannot accept that Sakakida ever could have erased the moral corrosion he carried throughout his life. I am certain that the truth will never be known, because there are people within the US government whose job it is, is to prevent truth from ever escaping - and for the truth that has escaped, we have the revisionist squads, sponsored by the USSA, to rewrite History.
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