On this day in 1946, the West Newbury Forum announced A. Frank Reel, former captain in the Judge Advocate General’s Office as its speaker. Reel had been assigned to defend Japanese Gen. Tomoyuki Yamashita, the conqueror of Malaya and the Philippines and wartime commander in Manila. The general surrendered to Allied forces under Gen. Douglas MacArthur in September 1945.

— The Museum of Old Newbury

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