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At lunch yesterday with members of the local Pearl Harbor Survivors Association, one of them told me that in 1964-65 Mitsuo Fuchida was visiting the International Marketplace and a huge group of Pearl Harbor survivors forced him out of there.
Did this really happen?  

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Hi Richard,
Fuchida arrived in 1966 to Hawaii with a poor quality "press agent" with the hope of doing a documentary on Fuchida's conversion to Christianity and reconciliation with his past deeds. A reporter and a photographer from the Honolulu Star-Bulletin was assigned to tail his every move.

The "press agent" hired a boat to bring Fuchida and camera crew to the USS Arizona Memorial after the end of the tourist day...which got them arrested and film confiscated by the Shore Patrol. Your source may have this in mind.

Fuchida's 'press agent' kept the rest of the trek spotless. Fuchida went to the National Cemetery of the Pacific at "Punchbowl" crater and presented the PHSA with a Bible which holds an honored position at every PHSA reunion. It is inscribed by Fuchida to note the verse, "Forgive them, Lord, for they know not what they do."  He wanted to join the PHSA. The membership countered, "He has all of the criteria, except he is on the wrong side."

I was in Hawaii during the above time and have one of Fuchida's 'tails' as a friend.
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I see.  Thank you for the clarification.
However, alas, at least two of the survivors at my table still hated the Japanese. :-(
Reminds me of a verse from Marvin Gaye's song "What's Going On": "War is not the answer/for only love/can conquor hate."
Still, I forgive those two vets, for what they went through was very traumatic.  An emotional truth about Pearl Harbor -and every other battle in history- we always forget.
When we, say, watch the epic film "Tora! Tora! Tora!" and get caught up in the sheer spectacle of our great defeat, it is easily forgetten that those bombs, torpedoes, bullets, and explosions in real life seared all of those who survived it with a genuine trauma that caused nightmares, anxiety, sadness, but most of all, rage.  

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Hi Richard,
In 1970, I attended a private showing of Tora x 3 with the Pearl Harbor Survivors Association. They were very silent during and after the showing. Then the reporters did their interviews in the movie house...and you could see how shaken the veterans were. Yes, they were "seared...with a genuine trauma that caused nightmares, anxiety, sadness, but most of all, rage."  

A Japanese friend told me of viewing Tora X 3 at the movies when the film was released in Japan. They had and intermission jesy before the battle, just like in the USA, then they had to have an intermission during the start of the battle as so many Japanese were yelling "Banzai"...then as the viewers saw the results from the ground...the theater became quiet and sober to learn of the horror that they had done.

So, in 1972, not too many years after the movie had been released, my Japanese friend and I were involved with the local high school as I gave a lecture on Pearl Harbor...and the school made arrangements with the local theater to show the movie in the high school auditorium. We were among the students watching and as the battle started...some of the students in various locations were making loud comments to the screen 'shoot him down', 'kill him', and so forth. My Japanese friend really felt uncomfortable that the students were making the comments about him personally...perhaps we needed an intermission, too.

The film details quite well, perhaps too well, the feelings of both sides.

It is truely good that from 1991 ...some years after the movie... that the veterans of both sides of Pearl Harbor have been meeting in reconciliation... starting with a small dinner at a hotel in November 1991 with Iwao Okada, a Japanese pilot who bombed USS West Virginia and Richard Fiske, a US Marine who had been aboard USS West Virginia. Richard went on to be introduced to Zenji Abe, whose target was USS Raleigh, and their continued friendship led to many more veterans and much more reconciliation.

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