Update

Hello everyone, it is me, the owner / creator of this website. This post is going to be another update one, and will not contain a journal entry. So if you’re not interested in the behind the scenes type stuff I’d suggest to stop reading now. But feel free to stay if you would like.

I just want to give a quick thank you to everyone. Yesterday was officially the 50th journal entry that has been posted to this website. That may not mean much to you, but to me it does. This is a very large milestone for me, and it’s because of all the people who have supported the website thus far. It has motivated me to keep posting. So thank you to anyone who has seen my posts and comments about the website on Reddit. To the people that have gave me feedback about the website, thank you! It means more than you could imagine. Thank you to my family and friends for supporting this. Thank you to some of the other users on this platform that have given support. Like GP Cox , you have given me very positive feedback, helped me out a ton, and have corrected information a few times for me, so thank you! Again the support means a lot to me, that somewhere, someone out there besides myself actually cares about this.


Thanks for everything 😀

  • Michael

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

Update

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.


〜  Michael