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Col. Harry Maihafer on: MacArthur and the Russians
Col. Harry Maihafer Q: How did MacArthur treat the Russian diplomat?

MAIHAFER: There's a wonderful story about General Derevyanko, the Russian representative. And, remember now, the Russians had gotten into the war, the very tail end, after the bomb had been dropped and the war was for all intents and purposes over with. And, yet they wanted to be full time partners. And, Derevyanko came into MacArthur's office and said something to the effect that, he was going to start bringing Russians troops into Honshu. And, MacArthur said, "When first Russian lands, when any Russian lands here in Japan, the whole Russian delegation is going to be thrown in jail, beginning with you, General." (Laughing) And, Derevyanko , no one had ever talked to him that way before and he looked at him and said, "My God I think you would." And, he slunk out of the office and no more was heard about bringing Russian troops into Japan.

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