Follow WWⅡ US Veteran Frank's Footsteps 2
On October 13th, Frank and his party departed from Guiyang for Dushan County. Frank firstly visited the War Monument and laid flowers. Then he walked to visit the Anti-War Culture Garden and Qiannan Incident Museum. There were two carvings on the wall of Culture Garden, one was the scene where refugees fled from horrors of war, and Frank remembered: In Xianggui Retreat, he met the refugees with tattered clothes, carrying all their luggage on the shoulders and hands. Many mothers held their kids and cried ‘Please take my baby’; the terrible pictures came again clearly. The Qiannan Museum displayed photos and relics of Dushan during Sino-Japanese War, including cots and ammunition fragments. Frank looked carefully, and told us what he remembered from time to time.
In 1944, Japanese forces commenced a movement to advance from South East Asia to make a connection to mainland China. By the end of 1944, Japanese forces occupied Guilin and Liuzhou, and were attacking towards the Guizhou area. Frank followed the retreating troops and came to Dushan County, where there were 10 Japanese arsenals not far from Dushan. Their mission was to bomb these arsenals and bridges to stop the Japanese attack. They bombed two arsenals first, but it was difficult and they burned the arsenals that were left. The mission completed, Frank bombed the Shenhe Bridge outside the county with his troops, and cut the way to Guiyang, and then they retreated to Guiyang. Japanese forces occupied Dushan County, but Japanese forces could not move on any more as the bridge was impassable. Frank and his troops stopped Japanese Invasion at the last minute. The war turned against Japan and they eventually surrendered in August, 1945.
Frank also talked about the war with the local elders. Frank talked about the great changes in China and the differences in the town and villages from the country he knew more than sixty years ago. On October 14th, Frank and his party visited the old Qiangui Railway, the far scene made him remember that it was the place where he bombed the arsenals years before. Frank took photos in the place where he struggled against the Japanese forces years ago.
During the next two days, Frank visited the Jidao Miao Village of Kaili, Qianhu Miao Village of Xijiang and Shiqiao Miao Village. The ceremony upon entering the Jidao Miao Village, the technology of making papers in Shiqiao Miao Village and the folk customs left a deep impression on Frank. They also visited a country hope school on the way. When he saw those lovely children, Frank expressed a desire to do something for the development of the school.
On October 16th, Frank ended his time in Guizhou and flew to Guilin. He was eager to meet a 92-year-old Guilinese, Zhihong Lin, who was an interpreter for the Flying Tigers during WW11. On the17th, Frank went to Lin’s home where the two old men talked about the unforgettable times, and Lin showed many letters from Flying Tigers to Frank. Victor Shu a Director from China Highlights hosted a farewell lunch for Frank and his party.
On October 18th, Frank departed from Guilin by air. He stayed a short time in Shanghai, and then headed to USA to end another unforgettable time in China.
China Highlights wishes Frank all the best and an everlasting friendship between America and China.