WWII Memoirs – 1944 – The Pineapple Campaign

After we disembarked in Honolulu, waiting trucks drove us approximately one hour north to an airfield named Kipapa, where we were deposited amid a small cluster of six-man huts and a dining building this was to be our home for an indefinite time.

A quick exploration of our new home revealed that right our living quarters grew field of pineapple. Without hesitation I cut off a fruit, peeled and ate it. In the days ahead, we were to “harvest” more. The place was beginning to feel a little like home already.

I’d like to be able to say that the incident about the discovery of the pineapple field led to the term “Pineapple Campaign” when we referred to our stay on Hawaii. But I believe it crept into our vocabulary from some other source.

About the time we began to feel settled at Kipapa, our squadron was ordered to move to a small airfield on the east coast of Oahu, approximately three miles north of the Kaneohe Naval Base. The name of our new field was Kualoa. It was a single runway covered with metal matting, paralleling a beach of the Pacific Ocean less than 100 yards away. Steep cliffs rose behind our living quarter. Kualoa was only a temporary war-time installation. If you’re looking for it on today’s map, it will probably be missing and the space it had occupied adapted to some other use.

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THE FOREGOING STATEMENT DESCRIBED OUR SQUADRON’S NEW OVERSEAS LOCATION

THE FOLLOWING SERIES OF BRIEF STATEMENTS EACH DESCRIBE A FEW OF THE PLACES, PEOPLE, ACTIVITIES, AND HAPPENINGS THAT WE EXPERIENCED DURING OUR 13 MONTHS OF THE “PINEAPPLE CAMPAIGN:” THE BULK OF THE EXPERIENCES ARE HIDDEN SOMEWHERE IN MY MEMORIES,

 
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