- The Washington Times - Thursday, February 19, 2009

INDIANAPOLIS, Feb. 18 (UPI) — The director of a VA hospital in Indiana has offended some veterans by removing a framed newspaper with the headline “Japs Surrender.”

The framed front page of the Indianapolis Times had been hanging at the Roudebush Veterans Affairs Medical Center for more than 60 years. Director Tom Mattice said he decided to take it down after a new employee complained about the display of an ethnic slur from World War II, the Indianapolis Star reported Wednesday.

Ronald “Bud” Albright, who commands a Marine Corps League chapter, has launched a campaign to get the newspaper back on the wall. He hopes veterans from around the country will write to complain.

“We feel it’s a slap in the face of the U.S. military,” he said. “That newspaper is history, part of United States history.”

Mattice said he has asked the VA’s national ethics office for guidance. He has also assigned a member of his staff to look for an alternate newspaper front page — “Something like ‘Victory in the Pacific’ or ‘Japanese Surrender.’ ”

That would go up next to the newspaper from three months earlier that proclaims “GERMANY QUITS.”

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