In 1944, why did American female workers receive the skull of the Japanese army?


During the Pacific War, American soldiers who fought with the Japanese often mailed some parcels at home. Some of these parcels were equipped with special products on the islands and some souvenirs like military merit. Among these parcels, there are also many unacceptable items. Some U.S. soldiers will mail the items seized from the Japanese soldiers to their families, and even the U.S. soldiers will mail the Japanese soldiers or bones to their families. Essence

U.S. soldiers during the Pacific War

On December 8, 1941, the Japanese army launched an attack on the Pearl Harbor Base of the U.S. forces, and the Pacific War broke out like this. In the past four years, the Allied and Japanese soldiers led by the U.S. forces fought fiercely on the Pacific battlefield, causing millions of casualties.

On the Pacific battlefield, the US soldiers seem to be more “leisurely and elegant” than Japanese soldiers. When they win in a certain war, they will go to the battlefield to search for souvenirs, and then put these weird weird. Millet mail to his hometown.

Among these souvenirs, most Japanese soldiers’ badges, watches, military knives, kettles and boots and other items, but there are also many U.S. soldiers who like to collect some unacceptable things. Big energy to make these bones into “crafts”.

Japanese soldiers who surrendered to the US military

During the Pacific War, more than 300,000 Japanese military knives were mailed to the United States, and most of these military knives were collections seized by the US soldiers from the Japanese army.

As for how many Japanese skins were sent to the Japanese army during that period, it was still an unsolved mystery.

Because some U.S. “collectors” have a high degree of love for Japanese soldiers’ skulls, and even U.S. soldiers will spend a lot of money to buy the skulls of Japanese soldiers from their comrades.


According to the Provisions of the Geneva Convention, the corpse of blasphemy of the enemy’s killer on the battlefield is openly violated international law, but many U.S. soldiers on the Pacific battlefield will not comply with such regulations, and their opponents Japanese soldiers do not seem to be on the battlefield. obey.

Natalie and the skull group photo


In the spring of 1944, Natali, a American female worker living in Phoenix, received a special package. The items in the package were gifts presented by Natalie’s boyfriend, while Natalie’s boyfriend was one of the US Navy. Lieutenant.

The gift received by Natali was the skull of a Japanese soldier. Natalie’s boyfriend has wiped the skull clean. Such a line of words: “This is a good Japanese skull, we found his body on the beach in New Guinea.”

In May of the same year, the American “Life” magazine published a group photo of Natalie and this skull. In the photo, Natasha was writing to his boyfriend, and thanked his boyfriend’s “gift” in the letter to the letter. Essence

Although Natalie was shocked to the gift from her boyfriend, she still accepted the gift, and named the skull with the name of the Japanese Prime Minister Tonjo.

After the photo of Natalie and the skull was published, it soon caused a great uproar, and many readers wrote to condemn the staff of Life Magazine. Readers think that this photo makes them feel disgusting and horrible. They also think that the staff of “Life” magazine should think in another way:


“If a famous magazine in Tokyo publishes a photo of young Japanese girls and US soldiers, what will Americans feel?”


As this incident was getting bigger and bigger, Natalie and her boyfriend were also discussed by readers.

So the U.S. Navy began to have the so -called allegations to Natalie’s boyfriend, but this incident was ended, because after all, President Roosevelt also received a opening of the scapula made with the scapula of the Japanese soldiers of the Japanese army. Sword.

Reference materials: “History of Human Bevene”, “Pacific War”