Okinawa Diary – May 21, 1945 – The Raid at Yontan Begins


May 21, 1945

Weather very rainy and we stayed in tent and played poker all day.

Alert tonight, but it was only “weather-check Charlie”.

May 22, 1945

Raining. Played poker most of the day. 3 alerts up to 11:00 P.M. Nothing happened.

May 23, 1945

Third straight day of rain. We went “scavenging” for souvenirs this morning.

Explored a few native villages, which were nothing more than grass roofed shacks. Picked up some baskets, pottery, and dishes.

This afternoon went fishing, caught nothing but a cold.

May 24, 1945 — (The start of the Raid at Yontan)

The weather finally broke today and I did my laundry.

There is a full moon tonight and we’re expecting the Japs over in force. The alert has already sounded.

May 25, 1945

Early this morning, starting about midnight,…

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