With the termination of hostilities against Japan, it is incumbent on all officers to conduct themselves with dignity and decorum in their treatment of the Japanese and their public utterances in connection with the Japanese. The Japanese are still the same nation which initiated the war in a treacherous attack on the Pacific Fleet and which has subjected our brothers in arms who became prisoners to torture, starvation, and murder. However, the use of insulting epithets in connection with the Japanese as a race or as individuals does not now become the officers of the United States Navy. Officers in the Pacific Fleet will take steps to require of all personnel under their command a high standard of conduct in this matter. Neither familiarity nor abuse and vituperation should be permitted.They weren't an inferior race--the Japanese were enemies in war.
Friday, August 21, 2009
The next time someone claims the Pacific venue of World War II was a racist war, you might want to remind them of Fleet Admiral Chester Nimitz's (CincPac) directive of August 15th, 1945, the day Japan announced its agreement of surrender terms, quoted in E.B. Potter's Nimitz at 390 (1976):