• Kyodo


Japan honored a U.S. veteran on Wednesday for his contribution to a fledgling parachute squad after World War II by awarding him a specially-made Japanese paratrooper’s badge to replace an earlier one he had lost.

William LaRou, 82, began training paratroopers in what is now called the Ground Self-Defense Force after its establishment in 1954 at a U.S. military base in Fukuoka as a corporal in the 187th Airborne Regimental Combat Team.

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