Some years back my involvement in matters involving Corregidor brought me into contact with two curious cousins. I'd known Peter Parsons for a few years already, and Lou Jurika (known as Joe Rica on Corregidor, but that's another story) was visiting him. Both were visiting Corregidor at the time. It's not really relevant here how I got involved with their research into Richard Sakakida, but I got willingly caught in their efforts to expose the truth of why it was that a American Nisei who had worked with the Kempeitai, that scurrilous Japanese equivalent of the Gestapo, had managed to have a noteworthy career post-war working with the U.S. Army Intelligence Corps. Had the Army agent become a turncoat, or had he always remained a patriot? Or was he always and ever just one of life's supreme opportunists?
The Sakakida story is a series of short vignettes, like pieces of a jigsaw. Taken individually, they don't seem definitive, but the more pieces you assemble, the more curious the picture becomes.
A Philippine Odyssey is a short introduction indicating why the Jurika and Parsons families will intersect with Sakakida, and why it is that a generation later, Lou and Peter have managed to assemble the picture of a turncoat spy, and literary fraudster.
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JackJensen: I came across my father's name - Capt. Paul Jensen - who was with the CIC, on the forum. I'm hoping to find more, though it appears that his area - Sicily, North Africa - was not the focus of the board. So, I'm not sure how much I can contribute.
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