‘A chance to grow up’ Wally Weisenborn remembers World War II

Wally Weisenborn

Wally Weisenborn, a veteran who served in Japan shortly after World War II, recently took time out from his gym workout to speak with The Sun about his years of service.

Deborah Wheeler | The Sun
Published: Thursday, November 7, 2013 at 04:45 PM.

Wally Weisenbornwas 17 years old when he signed up and joined the United States Army just after finishing high school in northern Wisconsin .

The year was 1945 and World War II had just ended.

"I would have been drafted when I turned 18 any way, so, I just went ahead and signed up," he says now.

Weisenborn was assigned to the 8th Cavalry Regiment 1st Division and sent to guard Japanese prisoners at Sugamo Prison in Tokyo .

The prison was one of the few things not damaged during the bombing and burning of Tokyo before the war ended.

" Tokyo was gone," Weisenborn told The Sun. "There was no Tokyo . It was set on fire. All the buildings were of flimsy construction any way and it did not take much to burn it down.

Weisenborn remembers the despondency of the Japanese after their surrender and the people who were desperate for everything — food, clothing, housing.

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