Friday, December 12, 2008

World War 2

The headman of the village we stayed at is a 78 year old man.  He is our was papa’s father and lived in a house next to ours.  Everybody called him Tambuna man which is the name for Grandpa.  I really enjoyed listening to him tell stories about the past.  Both his parents died when he was young and he was raised by his brothers and other relatives.  He was 15 years old when the war ended and remembered a lot of what happened when the Japanese occupied the area.  He was proud to show me he had several shells from Japanese anti-aircraft guns that were in the area.  He told me how he would watch American planes fly and when the anti-aircraft guns would shoot at them they would turn their wings so they would make less of a target.  He remembered seeing 3 American airplanes get shot down and seeing the pilots parachute out.  We saw lots of steel plates that were used during the war to make airstrips and bridges.  It seemed like every village we saw had found creative ways to use these like fences or they would fold them into a triangle shape and use them as fence posts.  One picture is of an old jeep tire.

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