3 August 1944
The 1944 Myitkyina’s historic seige
3 August 1944: Chinese, Kachin, and American forces including "Merrill's Marauders" capture Myitkyina after 78 days of savage fighting against entrenched Japanese defenders. Altogether nearly 10,000 men were killed or wounded during the historic siege. The photograph is of Sgt. John Busaites, exactly 69 years ago, next to the ruins of the Myitkyina Teak Timber Co. in the seventh block of town. A former basketball player, he was often called on by the Chinese "X Force" to throw grenades.