• Amy Laskowski

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    Amy Laskowski is a senior writer at Boston University. She is always hunting for interesting, quirky stories around BU and helps manage and edit the work of BU Today’s interns. She did her undergrad at Syracuse University and earned a master’s in journalism at the College of Communication in 2015. Profile

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There are 5 comments on Bringing the Untold Story of 12 World War II American POWs to Light

  1. Congratulations to Barry Frechette and Max Esposito for creating such an inspiring and moving documentary. Beautiful story of dedication, compassion, and the importance of working together towards world peace. Thank Mr and Mrs Mori, for coming to the U.S., and for sharing your story with the world.

  2. A lovely movie. Having been there(Hiroshima) on that day when the bomb exploded, I was also shocked to learn from my own father about the POW who perished with us. My dad was at the seaport, a good distance from the ground zero and was charged with the rescue operations and tried to save 1 POW, about to be stoned on the T-bridge(Enola Gay’s target) by a tattered bunch of old men and women. He and others did not survive, their prison cell was close to the center of explosion. My father was instrumental in providing for their burial as he understood it to be the Western tradition, instead of cremation. He never talked about them until 20 plus years after the bombing. My reaction was a profound relief that there was a bond that connected us on opposite sides through grief and my dad stood for kindness and respect for human beings.

  3. My father’s cousin, James Ryan, was one of those 12 POW’s you have described in your article Ms. Laskowski. My father was a Marine who enlisted in 1942. He was sent to Guadalcanal where he contracted malaria and had to be sent home. I don’t know if James Ryan was killed immediately by the atomic bomb or whether he survived for two weeks. I don’t think President Truman had any idea of the 12 POW’s but he was confident Japan would surrender. Such is life.

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