Henry Sakaida, prolific author and noted aviation historian has passed away at age 66. Henry Sakaida had a lifelong interest in World War Two aviation, particularly in the Pacific war between Japanese and American pilots. His […]

WWII RESEARCHER HOPES TO FIND MISSING USMC FIGHTER PILOT On July 21, 1945 USMC pilot, Lt. John McGrath took off from Kadena Airfield on Okinawa for a ground attack mission on nearby Iriomote Jima. During his […]

OKINAWA YANKS REACT CALMLY TO NEWS OF ETO VICTORIES From The May 7, 1945 Edition of Stars and Stripes OKINAWA, May 6 (ANS)—The reported death of Adolf Hitler and the word of surrender of the German […]

YANKS GAIN ON OKINAWA: IE SHIMA CONQUERED BY 77TH INFANTRY DIVISION From the April 23rd Edition of Stars and Stripes GUAM, April 22 (ANS).—Three U.S. Army divisions, in fighting officially described as the “bitterest kind,” have […]

Ernie Pyle ie shima 77th infantry division


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THE DEATH OF ERNIE PYLE FROM YANK MAGAZINE By Evans Wylie Sp1c YANK Staff Correspondent OKINAWA, RYUKYUS–Ernie Pyle covered the Okinawa D-Day with the Marines. Many did not recognize him at first and stared curiously at […]

MARINE CORPS FIGHTER ACE KEN WALSH – AN HONORABLE GENTLEMAN by Henry Sakaida As a young aviation historian, I was lucky to have become acquainted with a number of American WWII aces when they were alive […]

The M1 and M2 Jungle First Aid Kit – A Collectors Guide Late 1942 saw America makes its first offensives against the Japanese in the jungles of the Pacific. Although tropical islands like the Philippines, Hawaii and […]

YANKS CAPTURE HALF OF NAHA ’S AIRDROME ON OKINAWA From the June 6, 1945 Edition of Stars and Stripes GUAM, June 5 –U.S. forces won half of the valuable Naha airdrome on Okinawa’s west coast today, […]

AIR TRANSPORT COMMAND SOLDIER WANTS TO KNOW WHAT IT TAKES TO EARN A UNIT CITATION Dear YANK: The men here in the Air Transport Command would like to know what it takes to earn a Unit […]

LUCKY KAMIKAZE PILOTS – THE STORY BEHIND THE FAMOUS PHOTO by Henry Sakaida When I was a high school sophomore in 1968, a military collector gave me a  picture of a group of Army Kamikaze pilots […]

“HANDSOME HARRY” SASAKI –  JAPANESE INTERROGATOR OF “PAPPY” BOYINGTON By Henry Sakaida After decades of interviewing former American POWs held in Japan, one name became very familiar to me: “Handsome Harry.” He was the memorable Japanese […]



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ORDEAL AT OKINAWA – FROM YANK MAGAZINE By Evan Wylie SP1c (PR) USCGR YANK Staff Correspondent OKINAWA, RYUKUS—The G-2 captain was leery about calling it a typical night on Okinawa. But on the other hand, it […]

THE KANEYOSHI MUTO FAMOUS 12 AGAINST 1   COMBAT MYTH   By Henry Sakaida  To the Japanese, a good myth is something that is embellished,  venerated, and passed along to succeeding generations. If a story is good, why […]

MINORU WADA – JAPANESE OFFICER WHO BOMBED HIS OWN HEADQUARTERS: In 1945, Lieutenant Minoru Wada was part of the Japanese 100th Infantry Division fighting for its life on the Philippine island of Mindanao. Fighting on the island had […]

Saburo Sakai Meets the SBD Gunner Who Wounded Him at Guadalcanal By Henry Sakaida It’s not everyday that two men, who tried to kill one another in World War II, would meet and shake hands like […]

Reflections of Our Gentle Warriors – By Brad Hoopes: For over a decade, Brad Hoopes has interviewed and recorded the experiences of over 350 WWII veterans. He now has compiled 70 of these incredible experiences into […]

Ceramic Grenades – Japan’s Last Ditch Weapon In late 1944, as Japan’s war came to a conclusion, precious war materials like metal became scarce, making Japan’s ability to equip her fighting men a difficult task. To […]

A Fighter Pilot’s Visit From Beyond By Henry Sakaida        Lt(jg) Yukihiro Watabe woke up from a fitful sleep on the morning of 16 March 1945. He had a disturbing premonition that he only had 3 […]


A Talk With Adm. Nimitz-From YANK Magazine

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A Talk With Adm. Nimitz-From YANK Magazine By Sgt. H. N. Oliphant YANK Staff Correspondent PEARL HARBOR, HAWAII—In moments of crisis there is nothing that relaxes Adm. Chester W. Nimitz more than hitting a few bull’s-eyes […]

Okinawan Civilians Rescued in “Operation Security”: On April 1, 1945, the American military invaded the Island of Okinawa. Garrisoning the island were over 100,000 Japanese troops and military conscripts. The island also had a large Okinawan civilian […]

A Story of Japanese War Brides: Fall Seven Times Get Up Eight The story of Japanese war brides is beautifully told in the moving film Fall down Seven Times Get Up Eight. Before World War Two, […]

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