Entry #70

“Oct 4. – 20 of our planes arrived, everybody happy.”

Entry #70(2)

This is entry is a bit of a change of pace compared to the last few, as no mentions of raids or alerts are in this one. Now does this mean that nothing (in terms of raids / alerts) took place that day?

It could mean that ; it could also mean that ones did but Mike just choose not to write about it.

Mike says that “20 of our planes arrived,everybody happy.” Twenty is a decent amount, so they are most likely preparing for the Invasion of the Philippines (also known as the Philippines Campaign) that will be starting only sixteen days after Mike wrote this. I wrote a lot more about the Philippines and why it was so crucial during the war in Entry #60If you would like to know more information about it I would suggest going there.

I can’t imagine how big of a morale boost this must have been to Mike and the other soldiers, as it was probably a symbol of hope they would win.

Entry #69

“Oct 3 – Had two raids one at 6:00 A.M. and another at 9:00 P.M. 4 more alerts that night.”

Entry#69(2)

The first part of this entry I found interesting was the time these raids were done. Mike wrote that they were done at “6:00 A.M and “9:00 P.M.” This is a lot different than the previous few entries, where they would take place and six or seven at night.

These times were when the soldiers would most likely be at their most vulnerable, as they probably would not be expecting them. The Japanese probably choose these times to inflict as much damage as possible.

What I also find interesting is that Mike choose not to write these in 24 – hour clock format , more commonly known as “military time”. Maybe it was easier for Mike to write it like standard time in a hurry or maybe he just preferred it.

We then move onto the final part where Mike mentions there were “4 more red alerts that night.” This day in particular had a lot more going on in terms of raid and alerts than the previous days. As for the reason, I am not sure, but this day was most likely horrible for Mike and the other soldiers.

 

Entry #68

“Oct 2 – Had several read alerts during movie.”

Entry#68(2)

So in this entry Mike mentions how these alerts took place during a movie. This is very interesting to me, even though he does not mention what movie.

Chances are him and the other soldiers were watching this at night, after finishing their duties for the day. It was most likely shown through a projector, while being projected onto a large sheet of some sort.

Movies were a large pastime of the soldiers during the war, to try and take their mind off the horror they saw on a day to day basis.

Entry #67

“Oct 1 – Had raid at 8:30 P.M. and also a scare. Were up all night, guard thought he saw someone fooling around our vehicles.”

Entry#67(2)

Alright so the beginning of this entry starts out fairly typical, with another raid taking place. This time it is at a different time and Mike wrote “and a scare.” If that is actually what is says, I’m guessing this raid must’ve been worse than the other ones and could’ve put his life in more danger than usual. He normally does not write that the raids or anything along those lines scare him, so I’m guessing this one was quite serious if he choose to write about it. This most likely also contributed to them being up all night. They were probably very anxious from that raid, and stayed up encase another raid were to happen.

We then move onto the second part of the entry. I honestly do not even know what to write about it, as it’s very vague. The next entry was written on October 2nd, one day after this one. He does not mention anything about the vehicles.

If the guard did see someone there is a possibility it could be one of their own soldiers, a native person, or a Japanese soldier. My best guess is that it would be a native person, as if it were a Japanese soldier the guard most likely would have shot at the person(even if they couldn’t hit them, at least to scare the person off). If it was one of their own, the uniform probably would have been noticed.

If someone was tampering with the vehicles, it was probably to sabotage them and possibly prevent the soldiers from using them. I think this also rules out the possibility of it being another American soldier.

If anyone knows more about things like this that took place during the war or has any ideas on what this means please feel free to comment down below.

Entry #66

“Sept 30 – Had raid at 7 P.M. Planes were after shipping. 4 more alerts later.”

Entry#66(2)

It looks like the Japanese have not changed their time of doing the raids, as this one also took place at “7 P.M.” just like in the last few entries.

Mike then goes on to write “Planes were after shipping.” This is very interesting, as up until now, he never wrote why the Japanese were doing these raids almost every night. Now this does not mean this was the purpose the Japanese did it the other nights, and could just be the reason they did it this night. Again that is only a guess of mine.

So you might be wondering why the Japanese would target “shipping” and exactly that means? When he wrote “shipping” I think he was referring  to the cargo & troop transports ships/planes they had. These vessels were used to ship/transport resources (food, water, ammunition, clothing, weapons, etc.) and soldiers. In Entries #22 and #51 I explained what these are and went into detail about the one Mike was.

Now if my guess is correct on what he meant by “shipping”, I will also try and guess why the Japanese would target this. If the Japanese were to destroy these planes/ships then they would not only stop the soldiers below from shipping out the above mentioned resources, but also from receiving them. If they could cut off their supply of these resources it would be much easier for the Japanese to fight the soldiers later on. It is very frightening to envision the possibility of this, that was fairly standard throughout the war. If one side (Axis or Allied) were to cut off the planes/ships used to import/export resources, the other side would essentially be trapped there until help would arrive.

The final part of this entry says “4 more alerts later.” As for what type of alerts these were, I am not too sure. I would imagine they were alerts of an incoming Japanese plane/ship or group(s) of soldiers. He does not say whether or not these turned into raids, so I am not sure what actually became of these.

 

Entry #65

“Sept 29 – 3 red alerts, no raid”

Entry#65(2)

In this one Mike talked about how three red alerts went out but there were not any raids.

I can not find any information about the exact meaning of a “red alert” during WWII or the alert systems that were used. My best guess is that red would be the highest tier in the alert system, and in Mike’s specific scenario most likely meant that a Japanese plane, ship, or unit of soldiers was extremely close by and would most likely start attacking. If I am wrong or you know more information please feel free to leave a comment down below and I will update this accordingly.

I’m guessing the Japanese choose not to attack in this case to try and scare Mike and the other soldiers, which would keep their anxiety levels high.

Entry #64

“Sept 28 – Had raid at 7 P.M.. One Jap downed”

Entry#64(2)

Alright so this entry is keeping up the trend of the last few of being fairly short. As I mentioned in the previous entry I thought the Japanese would change the times they decided to conduct these raids, as two of their planes got shot down the day prior to him writing this. But I guess not as they did it again at 7 P.M. This time it was only raid  and the day of the week was a Thursday.

Mike wrote “One Jap downed.” This means that they shot one of the Japanese planes down, most likely using an anti – aircraft gun. I would imagine this along with the events that took place the previous day were huge boosts to Mike and the other soldier’s morale. But then again there is no way to tell  what Mike personally thought; if he thought this was right or wrong. I’ve mentioned this before,  but when he was alive he never spoke about the war and what he did in it.

From what my Grandmother and Mother has told me Mike was always a very reserved person in general and incredibly kind – hearted. So I could make an assumption of what Mike thought about war and killing but it would only be a guess.