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Unusual Greeting and Response

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Unusual Greeting and Response

And it was a 24 hour train ride into Yokohoma, here's a good little story. We got into Yokohama, it wasn't 24 it was 22 hours actually, to be quite honest with you. We left at eight o'clock in the morning and we got to Yokohama at about six o'clock in the morning so that's how far back we were, we were a long ways back. And the last half of the journey was an electric train and we went like stink, so we were travelling along. We pull into Yokohama and they brought us, put us on the docks there and we all, lined us all up on the docks. And about, I don't know, about 400 of us about half a dozen trucks squeal in there, American army trucks, the ones with the snake bodies, one with those canvas over the top. And the drivers jump out, and opens up the back doors on them and puts a little ladder down, holy cow, you never seen anything like this in your life. Dressed immaculately in army uniforms, girls, they picked out nothing like, you know, you name it, they picked them out. And these girls were supposed to be a greeting party for prisoners of war for four years, and they was told to race out among us guy and hug us and kiss us. Well they come racing out and they started to grab our guys, Christ, we hadn't see a girl for four year and the guys, we were scared, we were frightened. Guys were on the dock running behind big packing cases, hiding and everything. It was unbelievable. Anyway they got us consoled, the girls welcomed us there. Then they lined us all up and General McCarthy come there to see us and he shook hands with each and everyone of us men. He didn't miss anybody.

Mr. Flegg arrives at the Yokohama dock and describes an unusual greeting arranged by the Americans. A truckload of attractive women arrives and the men's reaction is very amusing.

Aubrey Flegg

Aubrey Flegg was born on October 18, 1917 in Welland, Ontario. His father moved the family to Northern British Columbia when he was three. Mr. Flegg describes living on a “stump farm”, and working from a very early age. Leaving home at sixteen, he trapped in winter and felled timber during warmer months. Mr. Flegg was married with a young family when the war started, but he enlisted out of patriotic duty. He joined Princess Patricia Canadian Light Infantry, and later reinforced the Winnipeg Grenadiers, thinking he would be going to Europe. Instead, Mr. Flegg found himself trying to defend Hong Kong from the Japanese against overwhelming odds. Imprisoned for four years, he survived the ravages of disease, starvation, abuse and forced labor in both North Point and Sham Shui Po Camps and the Oyama mines. Mr. Flegg offers an impassioned story of the Hong Kong experience.

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Veterans Affairs Canada
Person Interviewed:
Aubrey Flegg
War, Conflict or Mission:
Second World War
Hong Kong
Winnipeg Grenadiers
Machine Gunner

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