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¶ 7 Leave a comment on paragraph 7 0 Interested in a first-hand account of the Doolittle Raid? Check out the book Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo! Upon crash landing on the Chinese coast, Lawson’s mouth was bashed in upon impact, arm severed, and leg badly torn. Doc White managed to remedy most of Lawson’s injuries and those of the other raiders, but was unable to salvage Lawson’s leg. The book gives Lawson’s account from the in-depth perspective of a pilot, later retelling the horror of his leg beginning to fester and Doc White’s amputating it using limited medical supplies. It’s a fascinating journey, which gives a heightened appreciation for the danger these Americans were in as they evaded capture by the Japanese for the month spent traversing China after the raid.
¶ 10 Leave a comment on paragraph 10 0 Here’s an unedited photo of a North American B-25 Mitchell undergoing restoration, which I recently took at the March Field Air Museum in Riverside, California. Bombers like this were used during the Doolittle Raid of 1942, which marked the first time The United States struck the Japanese homeland.
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¶ 17 Leave a comment on paragraph 17 0 Time to revive the Tumblr side of Routes. Lots of cool things have happened since last early December, especially the Routes + Japanese Language Students trip to Japan! More importantly, lots of cool things to add! It was so short-lived, too fast in my opinion, but I’m sure it changed many lives, if not everyone involved.
¶ 32 Leave a comment on paragraph 32 0 To help boost the weak sales of Japanese nori manufacturer that was affected by the 2011 tsunami, I&S BBDO, a Japanese ad agency, developed a series of intricately laser-cut seaweed. Each sheet from “design nori” series – Sakura (Cher…
¶ 36 Leave a comment on paragraph 36 0 If you say you have nothing to hide, try spending a few nights in the see-through house located in Tokyo, Japan. Built by Sou Fujimoto Architects, this 914 square-foot transparent house was inspired by our ancient predecessors who…
¶ 40 Leave a comment on paragraph 40 0 While researching my grandfather, Clyndon Dollar, it became apparent to me that I could not solely rely on letters and document he left behind. I realized that in order to better understand the story of Clyndon Dollar and his journey through the Japanese Empire I had to get a better context of why he was on Wake Island in the first place. Through gather the context of the Wake Island civilian story one can fully grasp the structure of both the Japanese and American Empire. Thus I decided to put down my books make arrangements to see what could be found at the nearby National Archives. After talking with an archivist at the National Archives in San Bruno, it became apparent that a trip to archives would yield some helpful research.
¶ 41 Leave a comment on paragraph 41 0 Upon arriving at the archive and filling out the necessary paper work I met with the archivist and he showed me all the files he had available on the subject of Wake Island. He explained that the main bulk of the documentation was a 1939 report on defensive potential for the largely inhabited atoll.
¶ 42 Leave a comment on paragraph 42 0 As I had already known from other histories, Wake Island had initially been a refueling air station for Pan American Airways. If you actually watch the beginning of “Indiana Jones and Raiders of the Lost Ark” you can see Indiana Jones even stops in at Wake Island on a Pan American flight. However as early as 1935 the US government was contemplating the use of Wake Island as an airbase to counter the potential threat of the Japanese Empire. The only problem was that the 1930’s United States still had the sour taste of World War I and thus remained opposed to any expansions of the United States. This policy of isolationism made building a base on Wake Island very difficult to accomplish.
¶ 43 Leave a comment on paragraph 43 0 Amidst this context, I began looking through the documents before me. Using the archive’s camera stand I was able to take photos of all the documents to use later if I needed to. The majority of the documents seemed to be very detailed estimations of what was needed to make all the necessary infrastructure for an air base. The in depth report also contained several photos which added are great for giving a visual of what life was like on the island. After looking through near 200 page report, the significance of what I was looking at became clear. Most of the documents were dated in 1939, just two year before the war. Even more startling was the realization the civilians didn’t arrive on Wake to start working until the spring of 1941, giving them very little time to complete their projects before the war began. The irony of this seems obvious in hindsight, but the contrast of the preparedness of the Japan vs. the ill preparedness the United States is striking. While the Japanese Navy and Army had already entrenched bases in the Marianas and former German holdings, the US armed forces were still in the planning stages of making bases.
¶ 44 Leave a comment on paragraph 44 0 The material gathered at the San Bruno Archives was very helpful in providing evidence for why Wake Island’s civilians were on the island. It also helped me realize that Clyndon Dollar’s story can be placed within the context of understanding how the isolationist policy of the United States came into direct confrontation with the militarist policies of the Japanese Empire.