"Jack Wilpers of Saratoga, NY: The Man Who Captured Tojo"
Saturday, April 1 , 2:00PM at the Military Museum. FREE.
In September 1945, just days after the World War II surrender ceremony aboard the USS Missouri in Tokyo Bay, John "Jack" Wilpers was part of a U.S. Army intelligence unit tasked with arresting former Japanese Prime Minister Hideki Tojo. Associated Press reporter Chris Carola will give a presentation on the key role a bookie's son from Saratoga Springs played in capturing _ and keeping alive _ one of the WWII era's most wanted war criminals. Carola will also discuss his 20-year quest to get Wilpers, a CIA retiree, to talk about his place in history for the first time since 1945, and how Mother Nature, a Saratoga racetrack giveaway hat and a chance encounter on a Massachusetts beach eventually led to the veteran opening up about that day.
Photo: John Wilpers, a member of the Army Intelligence unit that had gone to arrest Hideki Tojo, the wartime Prime Minister of Japan, finds him slumped semiconscious after he tried to commit suicide by shooting himself through the heart, Tokyo, September 11, 1945