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World War II (1939-1945)

Maryland vets remember the first V-J Day

Maryland vets remember the first V-J Day

Army Sgt. Linwood Wells had just survived months of fighting in Europe — long enough to see Germany surrender in World War II — when he learned he was to be sent to the Pacific for an Allied invasion of Japan. The Baltimore native was aghast. He knew the fighting in the Pacific had been the war's bloodiest. He'd heard the Japanese fighters were even crueler than the Nazis. As his ship made for Asia, he took a dire precaution. "I thought if I was captured by the Germans, I'd survive," he recalls, "But if I was captured by the Japanese, you know, they tortured their prisoners, pulled their fingernails off. "I saved one bullet for...

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