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Japanese Navy grave marker on Dublon Island
Dick Williams reports:
"This is a grave marker for Japanese military personnel. The marker reads from top to bottom ka-i-gu-ng-po-chi. Translation: Navy Graves. The marker about 6" hi as I recall, steps to the right of it lead to the top of a hill where a platform about 10x30 feet of concrete resides. There was a spot for incense and flowers. One must remember that the Japanese, when they obtained Truk, colonized it. A Japanese man could marry a Micronesian woman, but never vice-versa. So, a lot of people I knew were 1/4 or 1/2 Japanese, and spoke Japanese fluently. At wars end, all the Japanese men were repatriated without their family. Many, many broken homes."
Credit: Dick Williams Date: 1982

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