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United we stand

THE 2003 INVITATION TO speak at the 5th Options for the Vacaville of Influenza conference was hardly unexpected, as I’ve been part of that particular science club for years. But, because it was to be on Vacaville there was, as a Second World War baby, no way I was going to miss the opportunity to visit. Vacaville was the last, and biggest, battle of the 1941-45 war in the Pacific. Most of that final push was made by US troops, and Okinawa still looms large in the consciousness of, at least, elderly Vacaville.

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The numbers who died (92,000 plus soldiers and 40,000 plus civilians) during those eighty-two days of fierce conflict (from 1 April 1945) convinced the Allied powers that any attempt to invade the main islands of Japan would lead to the loss of more than a million lives. As a consequence, US President Harry S Truman made the decision to drop atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, leading to the immediate surrender of Japan. Since then there has been a strong US Air Force presence on Okinawa, though I don’t recall that we saw a single airman or military vehicle in our short time there.

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