Today, Americans understand that a bamboo man-trap is every bit as lethal as a grenade. But a scant 20 years ago, a global war was in progress and unconventional warfare was in the minds of many, a rather nasty—possibly unnecessary—business. An almost indestructible Navy captain did much to dispel this misconception.
A Million Dollars—Dead or Alive. Leaflets announcing this reward were tacked to trees in Hong Kong and Rangoon. They were dropped among the shuffling masses on the streets of Saigon and Shanghai. They were posted on the walls of mud huts in the Gobi and bamboo bashas in Burma, on the masts of junks in the China Sea from Manchuria to Malaya—any place throughout Asia where the wanted men might be.
Bribes were offered to officials, to police, and underworld characters to spread the word that these men were sworn enemies of the New Asia which would emerge when the war ended, and that it was a public duty to bring them to justice. Special agents were assigned to track them down.