Below you will see text and a picture for each journal entry. Right below this you will see the rules of which I will ensure this blog will follow and other information:
Every journal entry post will be numbered
Every journal entry post will have text, anything that is in quotes and is bold is what is written in the actual journal, just a transcribed version in case you can not read his handwriting. Along with the transcribed text, some entries may also include my thoughts and opinions which will not be in quotes.
Every journal entry post will also have a picture of the entry as written in the journal to go along with the transcribed text.
The entries will be released in accordance to the frequency at which Mike wrote them. So for example if he wrote one, then didn’t write another for three more days, I would follow that same frequency as for releasing them. But If there is a long gap between when he writes them I will just release the entry a day after another one.
All other posts besides journal entries will be clear they aren’t journal entries.
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Hello everyone it is me, the owner / creator of this website. Before I get into everything I would like to warn you that this is going to be a very long post. So before I explain what’s been going on with me and this website I would like to talk about why I started it in the first place.
So let me start by explaining how I even started it in the first place. A week prior to starting it I visited my grandmother at her house. Her husband was Mike, the person this website is about. While at her house she pulled out my grandfather’s uniform, Purple Heart and journal from WWII along with some photographs. I always knew she had all of this and the journal but like most of my other family members I never bothered to get around to reading it. So right before I left I asked her if I could take it home and read it. As my grandfather passed away before I was born so I never really knew too much about him and his service during WWII, I figured this would be very interesting. The more I read of it the more I realized how incredible this is. That in my hands is an intact, legible journal from the Second World War, making it about seventy – four years old. On top of that I realized how descriptive it actually is. Once I realized this I talked with some other family members and friends of mine about it and came to the conclusion that this is something other people should get a chance to see. That’s when I came up with the idea to create a website, as I figured out that would be the only realistic way of sharing this sort of thing with the world. So I went online, purchased a website and spent a whole day creating it. Then I made my first post on March 14th, 2017 , a little over five months ago. Since then the website has grown a lot more than I expected, when I created it I had no idea I would actually post on it more than once and I didn’t even know if it was something I would like doing. But I realized after the first few entries what this really means to me and that I didn’t mind doing it. Since then 961 people have viewed the website. Now that is just a number, I don’t care about how big it is, that is not the reason I did this. So thank you to anyone who has taken time to visit this website and to anyone who has shared it with others. Thank you to my family members who have supported and helped me with it, and thank you grandma for allowing me to borrow the journal in the first place. Going back to earlier, where I said I realized what this website means to me. On a deeper more personal level, to me this is carrying on my grandfather’s legacy, which is hard for me to explain what that actually means to me by typing on keyboard, but just know it means a lot to me. On a greater level, the main reason I wanted to share this with other family members and the world is for the educational aspect. There is not a lot of legible, intact journals from WWII around, so since something like this is so rare I feel like it is something that should be shared to anyone who is interested or could benefit from it. Another reason is encase this journal would be lost one day, my family and I would basically have a backup version of it. So again thank you to everyone who has supported this so far!
Alright now I would like to explain where I have been and why I have not posted on the website in about three months. But before that I would like to apologize, that I have not posted on it for so long, if I have disappointed or let anyone down. The reason being is because the summer season is the busiest time for the place I work at, and I am also joining the military so I just really have not had a lot of free time. When I do I just never felt like posting on the website to be completely honest. So again I am very sorry for this.
This is the final part don’t worry. I would like to say that I am back and I will really try and post on it frequently, like I used to when I first started it. I do not want to let this die out, I am going to try and commit to finishing what I started. That being said, you will hopefully see a new journal post in the next few days and many more from there on out. Maybe some more pictures and other stuff. Again thank you for any support you have given and to anyone who actually read this far.
Today, Monday May 29th, 2017 is perhaps one of the most important days of the year. If you don’t know what day it is then you could probably guess by the title of this blog post. Today is Memorial Day, a day in America where we honor the military members who serve and the ones who have served this country. So from the bottom of my heart, thank you to you all. I strongly encourage all of you to be thankful on this day, to the men and women who fight and have fought to preserve the most important aspect of America, freedom. Something in 2017 that a lot of this world doesn’t have, a lot this world doesn’t even have a concept of what freedom is. So if you don’t support the military and you don’t want to be thankful, I at least urge you to realize how valuable your freedom is. Understand that if you don’t support he military, you are only able to have that opinion because they are protecting that right for you. Be grateful that you live in the greatest country on planet earth, be grateful that you live a very privileged life compared to a lot of people living on this planet, because the sad reality is if you are able to read this, then you do. It means you have electricity, internet, and the freedom to read whatever you want. These concepts that are so simple to us, and have become a part of our life are so foreign to others on this planet, some people on this planet don’t know what electricity is, they don’t know what it is like to feel safe. So just please be grateful for what you have and for the men and women who serve so you can have all that you do.
“July 7 – 2 alerts” (The black scribble on the image is digital only)
Alright so, since there is not much to say about this entry, I am going to start of by clearing some things up about how often I will be posting. So first and foremost, I am sorry I have not posted for over a week now. I have classes during the day then go to work at night so I don’t have a whole lot of time to sit down and post something on here. But after this week my classes are over and I will just have work, meaning I will have a lot more time to post entries on here and keep the website updated. So over the summer months expect me to be a lot more active on my website.
“July 6 – Had two raids, they hit strip and also camp area causing several casualties. Night fighter P-61 shot down a Jap, sure was a pretty night.”
Alright so first off I would liked to apologize that I have not been posting as often as I should be. This month for me is going to be very busy, so if I don’t post for several days at a time, I apologize. I will try and keep up with it to the best of my ability. Let’s get into it.
I imagine this day was very hard for him because of the “several casualties” caused. I’d imagine he saw the dead bodies and destruction.
Alright so let’s talk about the part where he said “Night fighter P-61 shot down a Jap, sure was a pretty night.” So night fighters are air crafts designed to be used during the night or times where visibility is poor (rain, fog, etc). The one he mentioned, the “P-61” is more formally known as the Northrop P-61 Black Widow. This was the first U.S. plane designed to be a night fighter and the first one to utilize radar. It’s crew was comprised of three people, and it’s first flight was in May of 1942. Only two years prior to when my grandpa joined.
The part where he says “shot down a Jap, sure was a pretty night.” This is interesting because when my grandfather was alive he seemed like someone who was against killing, as he was very religious. But this part leads me to believe that while in the war he had the typical mentality of a young person serving during that time. To me it’s interesting at least (I’m not saying it’s wrong or right in any way, just talking about what he wrote).
Here is what a Northrop P-61 Black Widow looks like:
Some of them are green and some of them are black, but this is what the base design looked like. Also please note that we do not own this image, here is the source for it, you can also go to this link for more information about this plane:
First off, I would like to sincerely apologize that this entry has not been posted sooner. I have been very busy the last few days and have not had time. I will try and make sure this does not occur again.
So “Numfor” was mentioned in the previous entry and other information along with it. So if you would like to know more about it you can check that out. This invasion was part of the Battle of Noemfoor.
(The black scribble is digital only, meant to cover up the next entry.)
“July 2 – While watching movie we had 6 alerts but no raid. Ran to slit trench and show was on till 11:30.”
Alright so the part where he says “show was on till 11:30” we think he means that the alerts / movie was playing until 11:30, most likely p.m. If it means something entirely different I sincerely apologize, feel free to correct me by commenting down below.