"And it won’t be finished until your dirty little empire is wiped off the face of the earth."
Description: Dana Andrews as U.S. pilot Captain Harvey Ross in the wartime drama The Purple Heart (1944)
While conducting a bombing run over Tokyo during WWII, Captain Ross and his crew are shot down, crash in China, captured by the Japanese and tried in a Tokyo criminal court. Among the crew, there is Lt. Angelo Canelli (Richard Conte), as Sgt. Howard Clinton (Farley Granger) and Sgt. Skvoznik (Kevin O'Shea).
To elicit information from the captured airman, the Japanese threaten them with death. When the men refuse to yield to their demands, they are subjected to both physical and psychological torture. But the men never break.
In an attempt to convince Captain Ross that the Japanese are to be feared, General Ito Mitsubi (Ricahrd Loo) tells his captives, "We will win this war because we are willing to sacrifice ten million lives. How many lives is the white man willing to sacrifice?"
In the end, the Japanese tribunal (a kangaroo court) condemns Ross and his crew to death as war criminals. Before he is taken away, Captain Ross, speaking for himself, his crew and all freedom loving people, boldly explains the indomitable spirit of the American people to his Japanese captors:
“No your Excellency. It’s true we Americans don’t know very much about you Japanese. And we never did. And now I realize you know even less about us. You can kill us. All of us, or part of us. But if you think that’s going to put the fear of God into the United States of America, and stop them from sending other flyers to bomb you, you're wrong. Dead wrong. They’ll come by night; they’ll come by day. Thousands of them. They’ll blacken your skies and burn your cities to the ground and make you get down on your knees and beg for mercy. This is your war. You wanted it. You asked for it. You started it. And now, you’re going to get it. And it won’t be finished until your dirty little empire is wiped off the face of the earth.”
Note: The Purple Heart is awarded in the name of the President of the United States to any member of the Armed Forces of the United States who, while serving under competent authority in any capacity with one of the U.S. Armed Services after April 5, 1917, has been wounded or killed.
The Order of the Purple Heart was first issued as "The Badge of Military Merit" by General George Washington on August, 7th 1782, the then Commander-in-Chief of the Continental Army. His decree stated: "Let it be known that he who wears the military order of the purple heart has given of his blood in the defense of his homeland and shall forever be revered by his fellow countrymen." This message appeared as a title card in The Purple Heart motion picture.
At the conclusion of the motion picture Bataan (1943) Robert Taylor as WWII army Sgt. Bill Dane is surrounded by the dead bodies of his comrades. As Japanese soldiers rush his position, he shoots his gun and shouts, “C’mon, suckers, come and get me—what are you waiting for? Didn’t think we were here, did you, you dirty rotten rats! We’re still here—we’ll always be here.”