Friday, August 7, 2015

Veteran Recalls Fighting the Japanese in the Aleutians-- Part 1

From the Jan. 25, 2014, Lehigh (Pa.) Morning Call by David Venditta.

Clifford A. Hahn, 91, left school in the 7th grade to support his family.  In 1942, a few days after his 20th birthday, he left his job at Bethlehem Steel and joined the 7th Infantry Division and took part in the fighting in  the Aleutian Islands, Alaska, Marshall islands, Philippines and Okinawa.

Arriving in teh Aleutians, he was in summer clothing.  he left California on a troop ship and went to Dutch Harbor and then landed at Attu.  They had thin coats and were always wet because of the snow and no gloves.

They landed in May 1942.  NMr. Hahn recalled that the Japanese had 4-5 anti-aircraft guns on the other side "...and  they let go with all their guns.  I got hit in the knee by a piece of shrapnel-- it knocked me down.  It was just enough to give me pain."

--GreGen


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