Sunday, May 19, 2013

May

19

1943

Japanese troops get ‘confused’ on Attu

Seventh Infantry Division troops landing at Massacre Bay, Attu, May 1943.

Japanese defenses were hidden above the fog line.

As he came closer we saw that he was all gassed up, practically drunk, and he was carrying a bag of dried fish and rice balls right up to our front door. This little character kept coming until he was ten feet from us. Then he stopped. He stared at us, sort of dazed, like he had suddenly remembered he forgot to turn the water heater off, and he began backing up. We raised up out of the hole without rifles, and in good English he said, “Don’t shoot, don’t shoot!”