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Comments for Don Tow's Website http://www.dontow.com Mon, 09 Jul 2018 22:29:19 +0000 hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.7 Comment on Massacre and Atrocities in Hong Kong during WWII by Don http://www.dontow.com/2007/04/massacre-and-atrocities-in-hong-kong-during-wwii/#comment-1128005 Mon, 09 Jul 2018 22:29:19 +0000 http://dontow.com/wordpress/?p=213#comment-1128005 Mitzi,

Thank you so much for sending us your comments about your Dad and his fellow soldiers’ experiences during the Battle of Hong Kong and the aftermath from 1941-1945. It is an important part of history which is seldom even mentioned.

I will go study the website “Hong Kong Veterans Commemorative Association.” Thanks again for you and your colleagues’s efforts throughout all these years.

Don Tow

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Comment on Massacre and Atrocities in Hong Kong during WWII by Mitzi Ross http://www.dontow.com/2007/04/massacre-and-atrocities-in-hong-kong-during-wwii/#comment-1127968 Mon, 09 Jul 2018 21:32:48 +0000 http://dontow.com/wordpress/?p=213#comment-1127968 I am the daughter of Lancelot Ross of Canada who was in the Battle of Hong Kong (1941 Dec. 8 – 25. He was one of 1,975 Canadian men who made up “C” Force who were sent to defend the garrison of Hong Kong. There were 2 Battalions sent over: the “Royal Rifles of Canada”(960 men), the “Winnipeg Grenadiers” (911 men) plus the Brigade Headquarters (104 men). He, along with his fellow soldiers, fought long and hard against the Japanese troops who completely outnumbered them. The battle went on for 17 days until December 25th. When the battle ended, my Dad and the other Canadian soldiers who survived were imprisoned from that day until August 15, 1945 – a total of: 3 years and 8 months of starvation, daily beatings, torture, lack of medicines and slave labour working in mines ship yards and factories.

My Dad returned to Canada after the war but many did not return. The numbers are: out Of the 1,975 who went over, at the end of the war there were 550 dead (290 died in the battle and another 260 died in the prison camps). This makes for a very high casualty rate. Those who survived and returned home were never the same. They had physical scars as well as emotional scars. Many died young.

If you would like further information, please check out our website about the Battle of Hong Kong and the nearly 4 years as POW’s. There you will find:
the history of the battle & the POW years, statistics, info and pictures of the Hong Kong Veterans Memorial Wall in Ottawa, Canada, a teachers zone, a list of books, personal accounts & diaries, coming events plus lots of other information you may find interesting.

The website of the “Hong Kong Veterans Commemorative Association” was developed and is kept up-to-date by some of the the children of the Veterans and can be found at:

hkvca.ca

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Comment on Massacre and Atrocities in Hong Kong during WWII by valerie davies http://www.dontow.com/2007/04/massacre-and-atrocities-in-hong-kong-during-wwii/#comment-1123677 Fri, 06 Jul 2018 00:20:27 +0000 http://dontow.com/wordpress/?p=213#comment-1123677 I’ve just written a blog ( Coming home) which includes some information about the Japanese invasion of Hongkong.
Some years before living in HK,I also lived in a house by the river at Pengalen Chepa in Kota Bahru Malaya, where the Japanese had sailed past as they motored up the river in their motor boats at dawn on the morning of Pearl Harbour when they also invaded Malaya at the same time. The bullet holes from their machine guns were still there in a long line piercing the pink stucco. They simply couldn;lt resist spraying everything with bullets

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Comment on Environmental Problems: Global Disasters Waiting to Happen by Daniel Wang http://www.dontow.com/2018/06/environmental-problems-global-disasters-waiting-to-happen/#comment-1110974 Sat, 23 Jun 2018 17:01:51 +0000 http://www.dontow.com/?p=5136#comment-1110974 Hi Don,

An excellent article.

I am concerned about the global warming and its effect on the earth, too.
So I monitored the earth’s temperature from the following link.
It appeared that the Earth’s temperate has risen to the peak in 2016
and started to fall since then. At the same time, China is pushing for the Electric Vehicles which don’t pollute. Tesla’a cars are also EVs.
China also is gradually replacing coal-based power plants with natural
gas and nuclear power plants.
So there are movements to reduce the pollution and hopefully, their efforts
will cool down the Earth.

http://www.drroyspencer.com/latest-global-temperatures/

Thanks.

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Comment on Trump Legacy: Changing Standard for Assessing a Political Leader by Don http://www.dontow.com/2018/06/trump-legacy-changing-standard-for-assessing-a-political-leader/#comment-1110940 Sat, 23 Jun 2018 16:17:00 +0000 http://www.dontow.com/?p=5131#comment-1110940 Steve,

Thanks for your comments. Even if we set aside differences of opinions on policies, a political leader should not constantly lie and distort facts, and make false accusations against others. Yes, there are many issues facing the American society that people may have very different opinions. But distorting facts and making outright lies about himself and others should not be how the president of the U.S. behaves and runs the country.

Don

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Comment on Trump Legacy: Changing Standard for Assessing a Political Leader by Sylvia Lu http://www.dontow.com/2018/06/trump-legacy-changing-standard-for-assessing-a-political-leader/#comment-1110915 Sat, 23 Jun 2018 15:45:18 +0000 http://www.dontow.com/?p=5131#comment-1110915 Great article! Love to share it with people with conscience.

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Comment on Trump Legacy: Changing Standard for Assessing a Political Leader by Steve Baer http://www.dontow.com/2018/06/trump-legacy-changing-standard-for-assessing-a-political-leader/#comment-1110907 Sat, 23 Jun 2018 15:39:53 +0000 http://www.dontow.com/?p=5131#comment-1110907 Don:

Nice to hear from you again. I always valued our conversations. I still think of you whenever I hear the song “Cats in the Cradle.”

With regard to your analysis, there are many times that Trump’s statements make me cringe and I wish I could help him get his facts, thoughts, and words better organized. There were also better-spoken candidates that I would have voted for. But you fail to understand several key points:

1 – There is a sizable portion of our Country that wants a strong (benevolent) country that has the rule of law respected. This extends to having an orderly, well planned and systematic immigration system. We do not have this today. (Perhaps Canada comes close to it.) They also want a fair tariff system. That portion of our Country strongly supports President Trump.

2 – Many of those supporters do not trust the news media. Up until the last week, I thought they were being paranoid, but I have now changed my mind. For example, in the past week I saw Gail King of CBS News (and others) very clearly editorialize during the main news segment. Those comments might have been perfectly appropriate for an Editorial segment (with equal time for other views), but they were carried in the main part of the main news hour. I am now thinking that what I thought was paranoia of the far right may have had some basis in fact. (FYI – I do not watch FOX.)

I think that the liberal side of the Country definitely has some basis to distrust President Trump (as I do Hillary Clinton, who was never mentioned in your analysis). But they are really missing something important when they become content believing that is the only (or even the major part of the) problem. Once you get outside the big cities there is an electorate that believes that the Country is headed in the wrong direction.

P.S. – I don’t want you to think that I automatically favor one party over the other in all things. For example, I much prefer Elizbeth Warren’s calls for more banking control over the current Republican approach. The same goes for many other issues such as the environment.

Cheers

Steve Baer

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Comment on Trump Legacy: Changing Standard for Assessing a Political Leader by carolyn schwebel http://www.dontow.com/2018/06/trump-legacy-changing-standard-for-assessing-a-political-leader/#comment-1110842 Sat, 23 Jun 2018 14:25:50 +0000 http://www.dontow.com/?p=5131#comment-1110842 Well done, Don,
i have shared it! Thanks for the research

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Comment on Massacre and Atrocities in Hong Kong during WWII by Carol Green http://www.dontow.com/2007/04/massacre-and-atrocities-in-hong-kong-during-wwii/#comment-1084279 Fri, 25 May 2018 13:08:27 +0000 http://dontow.com/wordpress/?p=213#comment-1084279 Hi, my father in law, who has dementia, was in the Fleet Air Arm attached to HMS Venerable. He tells me about when he was in Kai Tak and was routing the Japanese. I would love to know a bit more about this but am unsure where I might be able to find any information. Does anyone know of sites I can check out please

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Comment on Massacre and Atrocities in Hong Kong during WWII by Anne Carter http://www.dontow.com/2007/04/massacre-and-atrocities-in-hong-kong-during-wwii/#comment-1069219 Sat, 12 May 2018 06:11:54 +0000 http://dontow.com/wordpress/?p=213#comment-1069219 I was eight when I heard my mother crying one night. I found out she had just heard that her sister had been killed in Hong Kong. She never mentioned her sister to me after that. When I was old enough to buy books and then later to travel to various places like Hong Kong, I started researching and found out as much as I could.I still have two books”The Fall of Hong Kong” 1960 and written by Tim Carew and “The Lasting Honour The Fall of Hong Kong 1941”. written by Oliver Lindsay 1978. These books are worth finding if they are still available. I think a lot of questions could be answered. One, What happened to Dr. Black? He is buried in a mass grave with my aunt “Jimmie” Begg or Eileen Margaret Begg. Her husband was floating in the ocean when she was murdered. He survived the butchering and re-married after the war – someone he met in the camp. My family never contacted him again.
As for the cemetery today, I have seen quite a few groups or Japs, having their lunch in the cemetery, sitting on graves in the cemetery and just having a good time out for the day. I have been to Hiroshima and got a little bowl as a souvenier. What a pity the whole city was not wiped out!! Anne Carter

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