Korean Gakuhei by John Young Sohn
My Life in the Japanese Army

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A heart-wrenching memoir of Sohn's youthful years, wholly surrendered by force to the shameless directives of Japan s militarists in 1944-45. For Sohn, a young, righteous intellectual of Korea, to serve as a Gakuhei for the relentless Japanese warmongers occupying his country, was not merely a hellish expedition but also an exasperating experience. Assigned to a Japanese anti-aircraft artillery unit, Sohn describes the large-scale US Air Force bombings over Kyushu and Tokyo during the latter phase of the World War II in the Pacific. Witnessing the terrifying spectacles of B-29 bombings, the Korean youth-soldier makes pathetic lament over the stupidity of deranged Japanese rulers whose arrogance and insensitivity kept them from seeing the vastly superior military strength of their adversary. This book is a must for the readership of rising generations of Japan and Korea.

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John Young Sohn lives with his wife in California. He was born in Yanggu (North) Korea in 1923, graduated from Wonsan Commercial School, followed by a Seoul Commercial College. Drafted into the Japanese Army in 1943. After the War, he emigrated to the United States and received his Ph.D from Indiana University. He worked for the Defense Language Institute for many years.
Published May 16, 2008 by River's Bend Press. 307 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Travel, War.