WWII Memoirs – Table of Contents

  1. War Was In The Air, 1930s
    War was “in the air” when I was still in grade school…
  2. The Sleeping Giant, 1942
    I registered for the draft in May 1942, and having nothing to do until my number came up, I took a job with the Oregon Shipbuilding Company…
  3. War Comes To Oregon
    1. Ford Stevens, June 21, 1942
      On the evening of June 21, l942 a Japanese submarine surfaced near Fort Stevens on the Oregon coast…
    2. Brookings, September 9, 1942
      The only airplane attack by a foreign power on the U.S. mainland during World War II occurred in the vicinity of…Brookings, Oregon on September 9, 1942
    3. Bly, May 5, 1945
      …the last casualty of World War II may not yet have occurred.
  4. I Enter The Service
    1. Induction, 1943
      Finally the day came to report for induction…
    2. Basic Training, 1943
      Our drill instructor… was a good man, very skilled in his work. However, he seemed to have an awfully limited vocabulary…
    3. I Go To College – Boston, 1943
      As basic training was drawing to a close, I began to wonder, “Whats next?”…
  5. A Squadron Takes Shape, 1943
    When I completed my program in drafting at The Franklin Institute of Technology I was assigned to a squadron at Peterson Field near Colorado Springs…
  6. we land in paradise
  7. The Pineapple Campaign, 1944
    After we disembarked in Honolulu, waiting trucks drove us approximately one hour north to an airfield named Kipapa…
    1. A Detachment of the Squadron Goes into Combat, 1944
      Several weeks after we arrived in Hawaii a detachment from our squadron was sent to the Marshall Islands…
    2. Honolulu, 1944
      On my first day off I went into Honolulu…
    3. Diving Into The Breakers at Wiamea, 1944
      One of the most exciting and challenging experiences I had during my time in Hawaii was diving into the breakers at Wiamea Bay…
    4. Qualifing With Carbine, 1944
      One day it was all about shooting—not about combat, though…
    5. Not All Fun And Games, 1944
      The ultimate in reminders of war was the two pilots who crashed on the Islands…
  8. Okinawa
    1. The Entire Squadron Enters Combat, April 1945
      We soon joined a convoy of sub-chasers and destroyers and headed toward the only place where an invasion was taking place –Okinawa…
    2. Okinawa, The Last Battle of the War, May 6, 1945
      Our squadron landed in early May and quickly joined the battle. Most of us were fortunate to be serving in a support role…
    3. They Flew into Battle without Guns, 1943 to 1945
      Many unsung heroes came out of World War II, but none were more deserving of that title than the pilots of our squadron…
    4. You See Things In War That You Can Never Unsee, 1945
      Everything was new and we were curious about our strange surroundings and the many activities of the military. But we were not prepared for what we were about to see in the next few moments…
    5. A Desperate Enemy, The Raid at Yontan, May 1945
      On this quiet May night we were completely surprised and unprepared when “All hell broke loose”…
    6. To Drop the Bomb or Invade?
      The atomic bomb on Hiroshima was a surprise to all of us…
    7. Something Big Was Coming Down, August 6, 1945
      During my seven months on Okinawa one of the defining moment of the 20th Century occurred only 300 miles from our base…
    8. Nagasaki – The Final Blow, 1945
      Our squadron was active too… Have been asked to locate specific films from previous missions, which I assume contain likely future targets…
  9. The War Ends
    1. It’s Over! The War’s Over!, Aug. 10, 1945
      When the Armed Forces Radio announcement of Japan’s surrender hit the Island, people ran out of their tents shouting…
    2. Bob Hope, A Real Trouper, 1945
      Bob Hope and this troupe, had arrived to present one their of unique, live shows…
    3. Short Days Ago We Lived, 1945
      …a Marine got up from a grave site he had been studying, and asked if I would take a picture of him at that site…
    4. The Invincible Enemy (Typhoon Louise), Oct. 9, 1945
      Many ships were lost, planes destroyed or damaged, men were killed or missing, and many injured…
    5. Back to the States, via Iwo Jima, December 1945
      After a long flight, we landed on Iwo in mid-afternoon…
    6. Home by Christmas, December 1945
      I arrived home on Christmas Eve, December 24,1945 and surprised every one….