Third in a series

One highlight of the letters sent home by Elizabeth Ryan when she was a provost court reporter for the Inspector General at the Occupation force in Kobe is her descriptions of the sexual relations between U.S. soldiers and Japanese women.

"When I first came and they put an honor roll in the daily bulletin showing the unit that had gone so many weeks without a case of VD (venereal diseases). I thought what kind of a place is this?" Ryan wrote.