FEATURED BLOGGER REPORT: OSS in Kunming, China By Pacific Paratrooper #AceHistoryDesk reports

The OSS group that included Julia Child and her future husband Paul found themselves in a flood in mid-August 1945. But what they were encountering was nothing compared to the civilians. Chinese villages of mud huts were “melting like chocolate.” Farmers drowned in their own fields. As the flooding began to subside, Japan was hit with the second atomic bomb.

Julia Child with OSS colleagues

The incoming Russian soldiers only added to the Pandora’s box that was already opened in China. The OSS HQ in Kunming went into overdrive. Eight mercy missions were launched to protect the 20,000 American and Allied POW’s and about 15,000 civilian internees.

Elizabeth McIntosh w/ colleagues during Kunming flood

All the frantic preparations – for rescue operations, food and medical drops and evacuation – had to undertaken despite the weather conditions. Adding to the drama was the uncertain fate of the 6-man OSS team dispatched to Mukden in Manchuria to rescue General “Skinny” Wainwright, who endured capture along with his men since Corregidor in May 1942.

There was also evidence that other high-ranking Allied officials were held in the camp, such as General Arthur E. Percival, the former commander of Singapore.

On August 28, 1945, General Jonathan Wainwright steps down from a C-47 transport in Chunking, China, after three arduous years in a Japanese prison camp.

The OSS mercy missions were treated very badly. Officers were held up by Chinese soldiers and robbed of the arms and valuables. The mood in China was changing very quickly. Even in Chungking, the Chinese troops were becoming anti-foreign and uncooperative.

Word from Hanoi was that the OSS was beset with problems there as well. Thousands of still-armed Japanese were attempting to keep order in French Indochina. Paul Child told his brother he well expected a civil war to start there very soon. The French refused to recognize the Republic of Vietnam and worked with the British to push for “restoration of white supremacy in the Orient”.

OSS in Ho Chi Minh, Indochina

The French were becoming more and more anti-American. They were using agents with stolen US uniforms to provoke brawls and cause disturbances. The British were dropping arms to French guerrilla forces to be used to put down the independence movement.

In Kunming, the streets were littered with red paper victory signs and exploded fireworks. Some of the signs were written in English and bore inscriptions reading, “Thank you, President Roosevelt and President Chiang!” and “Hooray for Final Glorious Victory!” Paper dragons 60-feet long whirled through alleyways, followed by civilians with flutes, gongs and drums.

The weeks that followed would be a letdown. Most of them were unprepared for the abrupt end to the war. Peace had brought a sudden vacuum. One day there was purpose and then – nothing had any meaning. The OSS would go back to their drab civilian lives.

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“Secret ?” Military Humor –

CIA, ‘It’s Ferguson, our ‘Master of Disguise,’ sir — he’s having an identity crisis.’

‘I don’t have any formal training, but I do own the complet boxed set of ‘Get Smart’ DVD’s.’

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Farewell Salutes –

Robert Dalton Jr. – Charlotte, NC; US Army, WWII, ETO, Bronze Star, Purple Heart

Clinton Daniel – Anderson, SC; US Army, WWII, PTO

Richard Farden – Rochester, NY; US Army Air Corps, WWII, ETO, 95th Bomber Group/8th Air Force

Murphy Jones Sr. – Baton Rouge, LA; US Air Force, Vietnam, Colonel, ‘Hanoi Hilton’ POW

Robert Haas – Toledo, OH; US Army Air Corps, WWII, PTO, Co C/127 Engineers/11th Airborne Division

Dorothy Holmes – Colorado Springs, CO; US Air Force, Korea & Vietnam, Chief Master Sgt. (Ret. 30 y.)

Arnold ‘Pete’ Petersen – Centerville, UT; US Army, Vietnam, 101st Airborne Division, Purple Heart

Alfred Rodrigues Sr. (99) – HI; US Navy, WWII, Pearl Harbor survivor

Tito Squeo – Molfetta, ITA; US Merchant Marines, WWII, diesel engineer

Joseph Wait – Atlanta, GA; US Navy, WWII, PTO, pilot

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Source: https://pacificparatrooper.wordpress.com/2019/03/07/oss-in-kunming-china/GP Cox

Mar 7

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