Condensed from Yankee Samurai, by Joseph D. Harrington
With Attu secured, Kiska was next in the Aleutians. An exercise in total futility ensued. More than 29,000 US troops and 5,000 Canadian ones were assembled, plus some Eskimos and Alaska Scouts. Nobuo Furuiye served with the Canadians.
The invasion of Kiska was preceded by a fiasco called “The Battle of the Pips”. A Fire Controlman who served on the battleship Mississippi during the shoot-up said, “We fired a million bucks worth of ammunition into a rainstorm!”
For the Canadians, the taking of Kiska was a biter blow. Don Oka was with the Alaska Scouts. He stood offshore in a ship, listening to the tremendous firing ashore. Tad Ogawa, Ted Ishida and Shigeo Ito also participated. All were certain, from the noise, that a battle as bloody as Attu was taking place.
None was, the Japanese had left. But, they did…
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