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What Pearl Harbor Wrought

Epilogue

Akio Konoshima

Life: …the sequence of physical and mental experiences that make up the existence of an individual…from Webster’s New Collegiate Dictionary. Father would have liked the simple ceremony at the cemetery where his ashes were being interred.

What Pearl Harbor Wrought

A Soldier is a Soldier - Part 5

Akio Konoshima

As he sat alone, Jo scanned the room. In the dim light of the room's lone bulb, he could see a scroll with Chinese calligraphy in the room's alcove with the Japanese word "Manzoku -- fulfillment." A rural work scene was painted on the screen which partitioned the room ...

What Pearl Harbor Wrought

A Soldier is a Soldier - Part 4

Akio Konoshima

The hon-ke (family home) stood on a rise at the start of a small vale. In the twilight, Jo could make out rice paddies; flat rows of vines, probably yams; hedgelike rows of tea plants; and low fruit trees on the side. Close up, the house seemed much larger than ...

What Pearl Harbor Wrought

A Soldier is a Soldier - Part 3

Akio Konoshima

The flat wooden deck of the river ferry was small. Jo, his duffle bag and small back pack, and Isamu and his mo-ped, took up a third of the deck space. Two steel cables, anchored on both banks of the river, straddled the ferry while a third was attached to ...

What Pearl Harbor Wrought

A Soldier is a Soldier - Part 2

Akio Konoshima

Two hours later -- the road's ascent seemed endless -- the bus finally moved into a small valley. To one side, narrow-gauged railway cars, which looked like toys when compared to the freight cars at home, stood intermixed with flat-bottom gondolas, some stacked with lumber, others empty. In a far corner ...

What Pearl Harbor Wrought

A Soldier is a Soldier - Part 1

Akio Konoshima

June 25, 1950: North Korea invades South Korea. The United States was convinced that the Korean War made an early peace treaty with Japan imperative…President Truman announced in mid-September, 1950, that the United States intended to begin informal discussions with the Allies on the question. (Hugh Borton, Japan’s ...

What Pearl Harbor Wrought

Flo - Part 3

Akio Konoshima

It was not until the initial block meeting was ending that Jo noticed Flo and Hideo at one of the front tables, talking to Flo's two brothers and people Jo didn't recognize. Jo could not hear what they were saying, but he could see the shaking of heads ...

What Pearl Harbor Wrought

Flo - Part 2

Akio Konoshima

The winter of 1942-43 at Heart Mountain was severe, or maybe all winters there were that severe. At 20 degrees or so below zero moisture would freeze on the hair in Jo’s nostrils when he breathed in. That Christmas brought the first deep snow—about a foot—that Jo ...

What Pearl Harbor Wrought

Flo - Part 1

Akio Konoshima

January 29, 1943: A War Department press release announces the registration program for both recruitment for military service and leave clearance.

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