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Daybreak on Saipan

Charan Kanoa, Saipan
From a Marine Colonel WHO WAS THERE!

"At sunset the night before there were hundreds of ships out there. What was going on?" The morning after "the most violently opposed landing that we ever had."



Doolittle attaching medals to bomb

April 1942-things looked bleak for the US.
The loss of most of the Pacific fleet at Pearl Harbor followed by 4 months of loss after loss, kept our forces tense, infuriated and eager for revenge. Even President Roosevelt continually pressed the military for a way to strike back at the heart of Japan. He wanted an attack to boost American moral and to retaliate. Jimmy Doolittle answered the call and afterwards crashed in China. Here's the "Rest of the Story."





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Volume 1. The Legends, Page 1 -- Legends Page 2 -- Sightings Page 1 -- Sightings Page 2 -- Sightings Page 3 How the Kilroy Was Here legends started from the most likely to the most whimsical. Sightings of Kilroy Was Here which continue today

Volume 2. The Foreword and Dedication -- The American GI -- Who we are and what are we doing here?

Volume 3. "The Way We Were"
Stories from individuals during the war years. These stories are sometimes heroic, sometimes funny, poignant, or simply memories that must not be forgotten. This Volume has two sub sections:

In Harm's Way, Page 1 -- Page 2 --Stories from the front like: "About D-day plus 5 on Saipan, I was watching for Japanese soldiers along the beach who were sneaking in to give directions for artillery fire. I was sitting in the turret of an armored Amphib. About 2300 I saw the faint outline of what appeared to be a Marine walking along the beach. There was no moon and the only light was from a fire burning about one hundred yards away. Japanese soldiers had a habit of wearing U.S. Marine helmets and carrying M1's when they could find them. In the dark they were hard to identify by a silhouette. When the guy got within 50 feet, I asked the usual "Who goes there?". The answer came back in perfect English, "ITS ME, GI JOE. A MARINE LIKE YOU." So I aimed about 8 inches below the outline of his helmet and shot. The next morning there was one dead Japanese officer in the sand. I never heard of a Marine calling himself G I Joe. I don't think I ever will.

The Home Front, Page 1 Many wonderful stories about life at home during the war. One, a lovely, privileged debutante who rolled up her sleeves and joined the war effort. Another, a beautiful widow who struggled through it alone. Several more, for example, a child's reaction to the Blitz in London.

Volume 4. The Places, Page 1 -- Page 2 -- What's left of the places that played a large role in WWII or Korea. Some are still there while some are just ruins. One is the German POW camp in Clinton MS (near Jackson). "The good people in Clinton and Jackson, MS just couldn't give up their Southern hospitality long enough to run a proper prisoner of war camp! Read this wonderful story of a POW camp so good that the German prisoners come back for reunions!"

Volume 5. Miscellany, Page 1 -- Page 2 --This is some of the sidebars to that history. It includes Gremlins and Foo Fighters as well as book reviews and even Lena the Hyena

Volume 6. "The Rest of the Story" Page 1." Inspiring and unique stories of the war years. You have probably been sent some of these via e-mail. Many have been picked up and sent around by people who were moved by them. Gordon Sinclair's "The Americans" or, believe it or not, when the US mainland was bombed by the Japanese. I don't mean balloon bombs or shelling by a submarine, but actually bombed from an enemy aircraft.

Volume 7. Letters to the editor Page 1 -- Page 2 --
Volume 7, Searches Page 1 - Page 2

Volume 8. Research Area. Awards -- Veterans Info Finder -- WWII Sites -- Korean War Sites -- Miscellaneous and Organizations -- Commercial -- The place for serious historians. It includes Awards and links to historic sites you might not find on the search engines.

Volume 9 Tributes, Page 1 -- page 2 -- Second person stories and tributes to those who shouldn't be forgotten. One, a young man who remembered stories his father told him of New Guinea. He went back and found the places and tells the incredible stories again.

Volume 10. Timeline of WWII and Korea. Major events with Kilroy Was Here stories to put them in perspective.

Volume 11. Is the Guest Book . . . Now's your chance to write on HIS wall!

Volume 12. Searches, Page 1 -- Page 2 -- Where people post search for friends and relatives. If you are interested in any particular subject there is a site search engine on all the main pages.

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