Update

Hello everyone, again, it is me the owner and creator of this website. This post is going to be similar to the other update posts I’ve done. So if you’re not interested in me and additional stuff about the website then I guess stop reading if you haven’t already, or feel free to stay, your choice. Just warning you now it is a very long post.

Alright so I have a very special announcement to make, at least to me it’s special. So if you remember a few weeks ago, at the bottom of a journal entry I mentioned there would be a big announcement and surprise coming soon. Well that’s what this is about, and I will try and explain as best I can what they will be about.

So on this website I have the blog posts of each journal entry going in sequential order along with a picture of each entry in the journal. I also have some update posts and other random ones that are just text. Along the left hand side of the website interface there is a section called “About” which is where I basically give a simplified version of my grandfather’s backstory and other details you will not find in the Journal. Beneath that is a section called “Photos” with two subsections called “Journal Entries” and “Other”. In the “Journal Entries” section you will find the picture of each journal entry I have posted in sequential order starting with the first one, so if you are not interested in reading my comments and the transcription for each one and would like to just read it how it’s written then you can do that there. I update it each time I post a new entry. In the “Other” section you will find random images like my Grandfather’s Uniform, his Purple Heart and some other stuff, you will not find the Journal Entry pictures there. So encase you never noticed those or were curious where they took you, now you know.

Alright so now to the announcement, after looking through my website I realized I really don’t have a whole lot of pictures and that most people would prefer to look at pictures rather than text. I realized I basically have no pictures of him actually in the war or stuff along those lines, pictures of what he actually did. Luckily my Grandmother has a whole album of pictures Mike took throughout his time serving in the war, they range from the native people he met to pictures of what he did and the lands he traveled to. I have not looked through it for a very long time myself so when I go to visit my Grandmother I will do so. I will also take individual pictures of each individual print out. I will create a new page on the website and upload them there, along with a video slideshow. So if you don’t feel like scrolling through pictures yourself you can just sit back and watch the video version. I am very excited to do this, I really hope you guys like it and it works out the way I have envisioned in my mind. Although this might not happen for another one to three months, so sorry in advance for that.

There is another thing I would like to announce. Sometime in the 80’s a family member of mine asked Mike to sit down with him. He setup a camera on Mike and proceeded to interview him about what he did in WWII and his thoughts on it. I personally have never seen it, but luckily I have a copy on hand. The only problem is it’s a VHS tape, and I do not have a VHS player. They are very expensive to buy, so what I plan to do is convert it into a CD and download it like that. Once I do that I will edit it, cutting out the audio of parts where he mentions any last names and addresses and pix-elate his mouth, just to keep people’s information private. Other than that it will remain as it was originally. This means so much to me as I have no idea what the contents are and I never got to meet him, so it will be very interesting to me to see this. Once this is all finished I will be uploading it to YouTube and then to this website so you all can watch it if you would like. This combined with the pictures should give you a much better idea of what type of person Mike was and will hopefully increase the quality of this website.

I will update you all once I get further into doing this, just know it make take a little while because I want to make sure it’s as good as can be. I am very excited to further this project I started.

Thank you to everyone who has read this far and has shown any support to this website.


〜  Michael

Entry #42

“Aug 11 – Had three air raids. Seven planes came over. Did some damage on strip, destroyed two and damaged 8.” 

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Alright so just to clarify when he says “Did some damage on strip, destroyed two and damaged 8.” he is saying that the Japanese did damage to the air strip at the base he was at and they destroyed two of their planes and also damaged eight of them.

Entry #41

“July 30 – Had a real air raid. Japs dropped bombs in 35th Fighter Group camp, killing 9 men, wounding about 10. Bomb made direct hit on slit trench. Three more were killed at Air – Freight. Helped wounded. A night ‘ll never forget. Their bodies were all mangled.”

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Alright so what he means by “Had a real air raid”, well at least what I think he means, is that this is the first one he’s experienced where it had casualties.

The “35th Fighter Group” was an Air Force unit who did ground and air combat missions in WWII in Japan, the Philippines, and New Guinea. Here is a website giving a brief history of what they did during WWII if you are interested:

http://www.historyofwar.org/air/units/USAAF/35th_Fighter_Group.html

I can’t imagine what Mike was thinking later on this day / night after all this happened. After reading these lines “A night I’ll never forget. Their bodies were all mangled” I paused for a second and tried to visualize what that must of been like for him and everyone else there. These were very powerful lines to me at least.

Entry #40

“July 29 – B-24 cracked up on take off and started burning, crew got out. Went up strip with Chaplain. Were near plane when it blew up, sure was a big explosion.” 

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Alright so first and foremost I should explain what a “B-24” is encase you do not know. It is more formally known as the Consolidated B-24 Liberator. It is a heavy bomber that was used from 1940 – 1945 (during WWII).  It was used in all American branches and in branches of other allied forces during WWII. It was very long range which made it the main bomber in the Pacific (which is where Mike was) along with it’s partner, the B-17. Below are two pictures of one and a website link for more information if you are interested.

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This is an actual picture of one dropping bombs.

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This is diagram of one so you can get an idea of what it was actually like to be in it.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Consolidated_B-24_Liberator

This is a link you can click if you would like more information on the aircraft.

Alright so now to the rest of the entry, he says he “Went up the strip with Chaplain.” I was not sure at first what a “Chaplain” was, but luckily another website owner commented and helped me out with this. A chaplain is a person of god, typically a priest or someone of similar position. The person who commented told me that every unit has at least one of them. So big thanks to GP Cox for commenting, you can check out has website down below. His website is about the Pacific War, the part of WWII Mike fought in. It is very well done and interesting so I highly recommend you go check it out.

https://pacificparatrooper.wordpress.com/

Now we are getting to the last line of the entry, Were near plane when it blew up, sure was a big explosion.”  I just kept staring at this after I read it, I can not imagine what was going through Mike’s mind at this moment.

*I do not own the two images used in this entry of the B-24, below are the two sources for them:
Image 1 – https://www.britannica.com/technology/B-24
Image 2 – https://www.awesomestories.com/asset/view/ZAMP-and-HIS-SUPER-MAN-B-24-Unbroken-Louis-Zamperini-Story 

Entry #39

“July 20 – Charles Lindbergh at our camp giving pilots tips on flying. Flew combat missions also.” 

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Alright so this entry is very interesting because Mike wrote that “Charles Lindbergh” came to his camp and gave pilots tips. Meaning that Mike most likely met the man. I’m guessing most of you have heard of Charles Lindbergh, maybe the name sounds slightly familiar to you.

He is the world / historically famous pilot that made the first solo non – stop flight across the Atlantic Ocean, on May 20 – 21 1927. So the person Mike met (I say met loosely, I am guessing that Mike did as it was a very small island they were on so he most likely did, but I have no way to be sure) is the Charles Lindbergh, which in today’s world would be the equivalent of meeting a movie star or sports star. It is very interesting that he even gave “pilots tips on flying” and that he also “Flew combat missions”.  So the rest of this entry is going to be about Charles Lindbergh, so if you aren’t too interested in him then I would advise to stop reading here.

His full name was Charles Augustus Lindbergh, he was born February 4th, 1902 in Detroit Michigan and passed away on August 26th, 1974 making him 72 years old. When he made his world famous flight he was 25 and when he assisted in WW2 he was about 43 years old.

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This is what he looked like when he was younger.

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This is what he looked like when he was in the Pacific during WW2 (he’s the guy on the right).

So I am not going to talk too much about his early life and stuff he did outside of WW2, but if you are interested below is a link for a really great website with a full biography on him. He is a very interesting person so I highly recommend reading it.

http://www.charleslindbergh.com/history/

So during his time in WW2, he was originally only supposed to be going over as a civilian technical representative, but ended up being a fighter pilot, flying 35 combat missions in the Pacific.  He also gave pilots advice and techniques on how to survive, preserve more fuel, and take out enemy fighter pilots easier. He was a major help in the Pacific even though he was not officially in any military branch. I am not going to explain any more because it would be plagiarism so below you will find an amazing website talking about how he helped the 5th Air Force during July of 1944 in New Guinea, exactly where and when Mike was stationed there, hence how he met him.

http://www.ozatwar.com/ozatwar/lindbergh.htm

*I do not own any of the images used in this post, below are the links to the websites where I found them: 

Image #1 – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles_Lindbergh

Image #2 – http://www.ozatwar.com/ozatwar/lindbergh.htm 

 

 

Entry #38

“July 19 – Were on alert, thought Japs would pattern bomb. They didn’t come.” 

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Alright so when he says “Japs” he is referring to the Japanese, it is a term used to describe anyone of Japanese, mainly used during WW2 by allied force’s media (newspapers, etc.) when talking about Japan and eventually used by allied troops as slang for Japanese troops. I am not going to say if it is racist or not because that is up for you to decide.

The next part that interested me about this entry is when he mentioned that the “Japs would pattern bomb”. I realized not everyone necessarily knows what pattern bombing is. It is essentially where military forces drop bombs from air crafts in pre – determined areas, known as patterns. It is typically done in areas of high enemy forces concentration or areas of value. It is the opposite of carpet bombing, which is where a lot of bombs are dropped on anything and everything on the main part of a land mass, the goal for that is to destroy anything in it’s path. This was commonly done during the Battle of Britain on several cities. While pattern bombing was mainly used in more rural smaller areas such as islands where Mike was.

Below you will find a link to this website showing an interactive map of all the bombs dropped by Nazis in London during WW2. If you are interested in how the bombings worked and how much of London was actually targeted and destroyed I highly recommend clicking on the link. It was made with the help of the National Archives so it is very accurate.

http://bombsight.org/#15/51.5050/-0.0900

 


Hello again, it is me the owner / creator of this website. One quick thing, in the next 2 weeks I have a big announcement coming about this website , it involves a camera. So stay tuned for that, thanks!

〜 Michael

Thank you

Hello again, it is me the owner / creator of this website. As you can see from the title of the post I would like to thank you all for something. Today, August 24th 2017, this website has officially achieved over 1,000 total views.

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From the very bottom of my heart, thank you to each and every individual who has taken any amount of time out of their life to visit my website. It truly means a lot to me, more than I can explain through the internet at least. The actual size of this number, the amount of views does not matter to me, what matters is that over 1,000 people may have been educated in one way or another by viewing the posts on this website. As I mentioned in a previous post one of the main reasons I created this website is to educate people about what it was actually like to serve in this war, as the journal is a first hand account of it. Which in my opinion does much more than any textbook or novel ever will. So again thank you so much for any and all support given to me and this website thus far!

From here on out the website should surpass 1,100 total views very soon, which thank you in advance for that. Hopefully from there on out it will be onward and upward!

Also, just a slight reminder, encase you’ve never been to the “About” section of this website. This website is 100% Non – Profit meaning I can not gain any money from it , as I did not even purchase the website plan that would allow me to do so.


〜 Michael