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Entries in soldier's diary reflected on surrender of Japanese

Joseph Gamache, shown in 1945, was honored Oct. 16 as Saratoga County's Deceased Veteran of the Month. (Photo provided)
Joseph Gamache, shown in 1945, was honored Oct. 16 as Saratoga County's Deceased Veteran of the Month. (Photo provided)
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A lot of people were in the same shoes as Joseph Gamache in the summer of 1945. Having already spent nearly two years in the Army, the Schuylerville native was going through amphibious landing training in Hawaii for the planned invasion of Japan — which war planners estimated could have meant one million U.S. casualties. That's where he was when World War II was ended in August, after the U.S. dropped a second atomic bomb ...


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