Kamikaze pilot’s documents have been translated

 

This document was found on th Kamikaze pilot who crashed into the Hadley

This document was found on the Kamikaze pilot who crashed into the Hadley. The translation printed alongside document is in quotes below. 

On 25 May 1945 a work party was sent down into flooded engine room of the Hadley. They were to recover the bodies of five shipmates. It had taken two weeks to patch the hull and pump most of the water out. Now they had the grisly task of finding, identifying and removing their shipmates. Jack McKim, David Aerosmith and Gene Wise were among the men on the detail. They also found the Japanese pilot from the kamikaze plane that crashed through the hull. Wise found some papers – written in Japanese – in the pilot’s flight suit. He hung on to the documents for 50 years. While attending the Hadley Reunion in 1995 he gave these papers to Tom English. Tom’s son knew some Japanese women who could translate them. This is what they found in one document.

“Nazis have taken control over the German political party, who took away the liberty of the citizens. The leader of the Nazis looks forward to the continuation of the domination of the country rather than the lives of the citizens. Therefore, even though they know they’ll lose, they keep fighting. As a result, the cities in Germany are severely bombed. The citizens face starvation and disease. The leader continues unnecessary attacks so that the country will either face destruction or will need to give up. The leader chose destruction and therefore Germany’s biggest enemy is the leader of the Nazis.”

This political anti-war message about Germany was probably how the pilot felt about Japan. He carried this message to his death despite the futility he felt about the war.

Comments 3

  1. Dugan Dean

    My dad was in the detail that recovered the pilot’s remains. He was very shaken by the experience. He remembered grabbing the pilot’s boot to pull him out of the wreckage. The boot came off in his hands. The pilot’s foot was so small, dad thought, for a moment, the pilot was a woman. My dad is Waymon Dean. He was 19 years old. He’s now 90 (August 2016) and living in the VA home in Lawton, Ok.

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      Jeff Veesenmeyer

      This is wonderful information. I am writing a 2nd book titled “Kamikaze
      Terror.” I have new interviews from the Hadley plus many other ships at
      Okinawa. This story and the documents recovered from the pilot were given
      to me by Tom English. I’m including this story in my new book. I had no
      idea any crewmembers from McGinn’s recovery detail were still alive. Would
      your dad be able and willing to do a phone interview? If not could I call
      you? These are the stories that need to be documented for future
      generations before all these men are gone. A personal narrative from your
      dad’s experience would be powerful. Thank you for your comment.

      Jeff Veesenmeyer
      Author – Kamikaze Destroyer

      1. Dugan Dean

        Hi Jeff,
        I’m sure dad would be happy to talk with you. He’s almost stone deaf, but the VA nurses can help out. His memory isn’t what it was, but he seems to remember vivid details of the war. He is much easier to communicate with in person. I will give him a call tomorrow and give him a head’s up that you will be calling. I’ll also get back to you with contact info. About ten years ago, I started collecting his memories. I wish I had voice recordings. I’m happy to share what I gathered. Send me an email. Take care, Dugan

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