Soldier Biography Continued - Sgt. John Thomas


In an effort to keep the incident from becoming known, the Navy quietly transferred Thomas and the other sailors involved out of the U.S. Navy and into the U.S. Army. Thomas spent the next few years becoming a soldier with the 2ND Infantry Division before transferring to the 1ST Infantry Division. When the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor on December 7th, Thomas envisioned himself getting another crack at them. It wasn’t to be so. The 1st I.D. sailed for England, and then on to invade North Africa, in what would become known as Operation Torch. Fighting the Germans would turn out to be a whole lot tougher than those Japanese Soldiers in Shanghai...

John Thomas

 

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