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Regarding the interesting article in the September, 1996 issue,”Justice Under the Sun.” I think there is a minor error.General Homma died by firing squad, not by hanging, as I recall.

Frank D. Slocum
Waianae, HI

In reference to your article, “Japanese War Crime Trials”in your September 1996 issue. The 98 people killed by the Japanese on Wake Island in 1943 were not Pan Am employees. They were civilian contractors left on the Island after capture to run the heavy equipment. The Pan Am employees were flown out by a China Clipper a few days after the attack began.

Stan Cohen
Enemy on Island: Issue In Doubt
The Capture of Wake Island
Missoula, MT

I wish someone would research an article on “The Freedoms We Have Lost Since WWII.” I was asked about this by my grandkids-and didn’t have a good reply- can you help? This is certainly NOT covered in the school system- where even Washington & Lincoln are almost ignored.

Bob Steiner
(combat vet from WWII and Korea)
Yoder, CO

I was reading the September 1996 issue of World War II magazine and the picture on page 14 caught my eye. It seems to me that the negative may have been reversed.

There are a few things that tipped me off to this, but I’m not positive. First, wasn’t it customary to tip covers to the right during the WWII era. Second, the Navy Cross was pinned on to his right chest instead of the left. Third, the Marine Corps Eagle Globe and Anchor is facing to the wearers left instead of his right.

My final inquiry is that of the Marine Corps Emblems on Sergeant Schmid’s coat. When I went through Marine Corps basic training,we were taught to wear the emblems with the anchors facing inboard.Did the Marine Corps change uniform policy, did Sergeant Schmid make an error, or did the reversed negative effect how they appear in the picture?

Thank you for your time! I have always enjoyed reading your magazine from cover to cover and always look forward to each issue. Please pass along my compliments to your staff for their excellent work.

Thomas J. Spratt
United States Marine Corps Reserve
Trabuco Canyon, CA