PQC: That’s why I said there are only war criminals in war. Soldiers regardless of which side, are war criminals if they are not victims. I myself witnessed this enough.

Natalie Nickerson, 20, gazes at a skull — reportedly of a Japanese soldier — sent to her from New Guinea by her boyfriend serving in the Pacific. (May 22, 1944 issues of LIFE, p. 35). She was writing a letter to thank her boyfriend for the skull
LIFE Magazine (Photo: Ralph Crane)