This Day In History: 1945-09-09

At their POW camp in Keijo (now Seoul), Korea, liberation comes at last for 2nd Loyals. One who was there recorded: ‘After the unbelievable news of VJ Day had turned to weeks of impatient waiting for deliverance, the great moment for us arrived on the 9th September. Amid tremendous excitement and noise of tanks, trucks, bewildered Japanese and frantic soldiery, a very large and confident American Company Commander sought out our CO, saluted smartly and shouted, “Say, Colonel, who d’ya want shot?” ‘