Entry #36

“July 7 – 2 alerts”  (The black scribble on the image is digital only)

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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.

Entry #34

“Numfor invaded. Is 90 miles from us” 

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.

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(The black scribble is digital only, meant to cover up the next entry.)

Entry #33

“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.

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Entry #32

” July 1 – Invasion force passed us, they were on the way to Neumfoor.” 

An “invasion force” is a unit in the military that does just what the title says. They invade into enemy territory, basically infantry but they are the first people to go in.

“Neumfoor” more commonly known as Numfoor is another island in the Biak group of islands, in Papua New Guinea (which has been mentioned in previous entries), where a battle called the Battle of Noemfoor occurred. The Battle of Noemfoor occurred between July 2nd and August 31st of 1944. It was when United States and Australian forces attacked the island to capture bases controlled by the Japanese. The “invasion force” my grandfather passed were on their way to this battle that was about to start in one day.

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Here is where Numfoor Island is located in comparison to the other Biak Islands:

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(Please note we do not own this image, here is the source for it: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Numfor)

Here is more information about the Battle of Noemfoor if you’re interested:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Noemfoor

http://www.historyofwar.org/articles/battles_noemfoor.html

 

Entry #31

“June 27 – 28 – 4 red alerts but no raids, just lost some sleep.” 

By “red alerts” he means that there were warnings that Japanese were going to fly over head and potentially drop bombs or fire bullets onto the people down below, but on these 2 days they never actually did.

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Entry #29

“June 25 – Japs raided Mokmer strip and strafed. Col. Davis went home, gave each tent a quart of gin.” 

Alright so “Mokmer strip” was an airstrip on the island of Biak, in Papua New Guinea. This airstrip was involved in the Battle of Biak, which is mentioned in previous entries. At the time it was taken back from the Japanese Troops by the United States Troops, which is why the Japanese are attacking it when he wrote this entry. When he says they “strafed” he means that the Japanese flew very low over the airstrip, dropping bombs and firing machine guns on the people and equipment below, doing it very quickly and repeatedly. This was a very common tactic done by military in WW2.

“Col. Davis” was a Colonel he mentions in this entry. We do not know more information about him, because if you search the name “Col. Davis” a lot of results from WW2 come up, so it won’t be possible to tell which one is his, so I apologize for that.

“Gin” is a liquor, that was commonly drank during WW2, some soldiers even used it to make cocktails.

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(The black scribble is digital only, meant to cover up the next entry.)

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(Papua New Guinea is the country highlighted in red, it is right above Australia.)

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*Please note that we do not own these images, here are the sources for them:

World Map –

https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Papua_New_Guinea_in_the_World.svg

Flag –

http://papuanewguineaflag.facts.co/papuanewguineaflagof/papuanewguineaflag.php *

Encase you wondering here is where Papua New Guinea is on a world map, and what their flag looks like. I figured since this country is mentioned a lot in this journal I should probably show what their flag is and where on a world map they are located.

Also if you would like to read more information about WW2 and the war in the Pacific (the part that my grandfather fought in) then you can check out this really well done website called Pacific Paratrooper, it is updated frequently and has a wealth of information, ranging from Eye – Witness accounts to journal entries to humorous WW2 cartoons: https://pacificparatrooper.wordpress.com