5. Kwajalein - "Unbroken" an unreal story of Louie Zamperini

  • 2014.12.24 Wednesday
  • 00:14

After accomplishing the series of "mission impossible", these three men are captured by the Japanese.

Then, what happens?

Zamperini and Phil are "brutally beaten, tortured and humiliated".

 
Quote; As Louie and Phil lay in their cells one day, they heard a commotion outside, the clamoring sounds of a mob. Then faces pressed into Louie’s door window, shouting. Rocks started flying in. More men came, one after another, screaming, spitting on Louie, hitting him with rocks, hurling sticks like javelins. Down the hall, the men were doing the same to Phil. Louie balled himself up at the far end of the cell. On and on the procession went. There were eighty, perhaps ninety men, and each one spent some thirty seconds attacking each captive. At last, the men left. Louie sat in pools of spit and jumbled rocks and sticks, bleeding. Unquote

Why do they do that?  Because the Japanese want information about the numbers of aircraft, ships, and personnel in Hawaii.

At one point, they are subjected to a creepy "experiment".

 
Quote; Louie and Phil were ordered to lie down. The doctors pulled out two long hypodermic syringes and filled each with a murky solution. Someone said it was the milk of green coconuts, though whether or not this was true remains unknown. The doctors said that what they were about to do would be good for the prisoners. If the solution worked as hoped— improving their condition, they were told—it would be given to Japanese troops. Unquote
    
Then, they go back to the cell. 15 minutes or so pass and they feel rash, itching and burning. A few days later, they receive injection again. Then, they get 3rd and 4th injection later on. 

Then, what happens?

 
Quote; Both men survived, and as terrible as their experience had been, they were lucky. All over their captured territories, the Japanese were using at least ten thousand POWs and civilians, including infants, as test subjects for experiments in biological and chemical warfare. Thousands died. Unquote

Back in his cell, both Zamperini and Phil feel a sharp headache and become dizzy, baking with fever and bone-ache. Doctor examines them and finds that they have got Dengue Fever.

Zamperini is subjected to yet another pelting and beating by a bunch of Japanese soldiers before he is brought to interrogation.

Then what?

 
Quote; The officers pushed a map of Hawaii in front of him and told him to mark where the air bases were. 
    
Louie resisted for some time, but the interrogators leaned hard on him. At last, he broke. He dropped his head and, with an expression of ashamed resignation, told them everything—the exact location of the bases, the numbers of planes. 
    
The Japanese broke into jubilant smiles. They opened up a bottle of cola and gave it to Louie, along with a biscuit and a pastry. As they celebrated, they had no idea that the “bases” that Louie had identified were the fake airfields he had seen when tooling around Hawaii with Phil. If the Japanese bombed there, the only planes they would hit would be made of plywood. Unquote

So, 80 to 90 of the Japanese men pelt two American soldiers with rocks and sticks. The Japanese inject an unknown liquid into both of them. They get Dengue. They survive. They lie to the interrogator and get snacks..

Here are some questions;
  1. Why would the Japanese military use its manpower of 80 to 90 soldiers just for two American soldiers, whatever the purpose is, when it was exactly one of the most scarcest resources?
  2. How badly were they injured after being subjected to the pelting and beating by 80 to 90 men? Each 30 seconds times 90 is 2,700 seconds, which is equal to 45 minutes. 45 minutes is a long time. Stoning execution under Sharia death penalty lasts only a few minutes.
  3. Considering that A) "whether the injected liquid was really juice of green coconut or not remains unknown" and B) they survived, does this mean that it is highly likely that what they received was actually coconut juice?
  4. They got Dengue Fever and yet they survived. Does this mean that there is a possibility that that coconut juice injected to them saved their lives?
  5. Who was "someone" who told them that what they were receiving was coconut juice? Coconut farmer? A Japanese soldier? The doctor? Who was it?
  6. "Ten thousand POWs and civilians were used in chemical and biological experiments.." Whose memory is this? Zamperini or somebody else?

You think injecting coconut juice is insane? Let us see how insane this is in a science website;
 
In tropical areas, it has been reported that 5 million children die every year due to diarrhea and subsequent dehydration. The mineral profile of coconut water is so similar to human plasma, that doctors have actually injected it intravenously to prevent dehydration. (2)
    
Inside an unopened coconut, the water is sterile and free of any bacteria, fungus, or parasite. It can be safely injected directly into the bloodstream without harming the blood cells and is non-allergenic. This was a common practice in WWII and during Vietnam, when intravenous solution was in short supply. A patient can safely receive as much as one quarter to one third of the patient’s body weight in coconut water intravenously. (3) 

On the interrogation by the Japanese, here is what Zamperini himself described back in April 7, 2005 in the interview with The Wall Street Journal (Link). 
 
Quote; Mr. Zamperini, who still lives in his hometown of Los Angeles, says his first encounters with Japanese interrogators were hardly pleasant, but to his surprise, "they didn't beat you to get information out of you" -- at least not always.
    
After subsisting on a diet of plain rice, Mr. Zamperini was led before "naval officers in white suits with gold braid" who sat feasting at "a table full of goodies." Refuse to answer and they sent "you back to your cell more miserable than when you started." To get some of the food, Mr. Zamperini says he used a ruse, pretending to crack under pressure and then offering misleading information about the location of U.S. airstrips. "I got a soda pop and I got a biscuit, so I won," he says. Unquote

One more question. Who is more truthful - Zamperini in "Unbroken" or Zamperini in the article of WSJ?

Here again..

Here is a tip for those who testify; 
  1. Refresh Your Memory
  2. Tell the Truth
  3. Do Not Exaggerate

Otherwise, you will lose credibility and everything you say will ring untrue..

So, dear readers, you are the judge.
  • Is this story true?
  • Is the whole story of "Unbroken" true?


To be continued.

P.S. Special thanks to 日本軍は本当に「残虐」だったのか 丸谷元人
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