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  • 00 Pennies for Your Thoughts, - Mr. Secretary _ An editorial, (see Editorial page) expressing our con-cern lest the identities of the lOOth Infantry Battalion and the 442nd Regimental Combat Team become submerged and lost in the implementation of Secre-tary McNamara's decision to tighten up the ground forces of our military establishment by deactivation of individual Army Reserve units or merging them into the National Guard.

    The pennies in this square, beginning with the 1942 penny in the upper left corner and proceeding count-erclock-wise to the 1964 penny, represent the 23 years since the activation of the 100th Infantry Battalion in June of 1942. The first blank circle represents 1965, coming up. The second blank circle is for 1966 at which time the 100th will have attained its first quarter century of existence as the first all-Nisei combat arms unit in the history of the United States Army. It is our hope that our namesake, the 100/442 Infantry, presently a unit of the Army Reserve, will still be around come 1966 to carryon the traditions of combat service first established by the ONE PUKA PUKA.


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  • @P8mde@ ---Vol. 17, No. 12 December, 1964

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    o 0 0 0 0 Puka Squares Every anniversary of Pearl Harbor Day brings forth new memories or recollect-ions of that fateful day in 1941. This year is no exception and we touch briefly upon two stories which caught our eye:

    An Honest Man. Journalist Robert Sherred has written another book, this one entitled "I Can Tell It Now" in which Sherred reveals, for the first time, a secret meeting called by General Marshall three weeks before Pearl Harbor. At this meeting which was attended by Sherred and six other correspondents, General Marshall hinted of the breaking of the Japanese code (the correspondents did not realize the implications at the time), the build-up for an offensive war in the Philippines under General MacArthur including the pOSitioning of the 8-17s and the new 8-24s. When December 7 did come, General Marshall's alert message to the Hawaiian Command arrived too late, more than half of the planes in the Philipp'ines was caught on the ground and destroyed, and it was suddenedly dis-covered that the bomb-laden 8-17 could not reach Tokyo from the Philippines. In the post-war period, when asked to comment on his optimism at the pre-Pearl Harbor secret meeting, General Marshall replied that we were ever optimistic concerning the capability of our airplanes, admitted the inadequacy of dispersal fields and the difficulty encountered in bombing moving and evading naval shipping from high altitudes. What all this proves is that war is often one great big guess-ing game. General . Marshall may have been guilty of some bad guesses of the first order, but in admitting his mistakes, he proved himself to be above all an honest man.

    The Scapegoat. Now 82, Read Admiral Husband E. Kimmel is presently living in Groton, Conn., but still spry enough to fire salves at anyone who attempts to pin the blame for Pearl Harbor upon his (and General Short's) shoulders. We haven't as yet but one of these days, we'll get around to reading his book, "Admiral Kimmel's Story" which is his case for personal vindication.

    * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * Changing subjects, we like the ad with the picture of Richard Boone which reads: Have oke, pau travel!

    * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * With this issue, we complete another year at the mesthead for the Puka Puka Parade. Sometimes, it's fun, but most likely as not, we stare at a deadline with nothing in our hands. Nevertheless, we pass our thanks to all of our correspon-dents (their names are listed on the half-sheet) who write the stuff, with a special thanks to all the advertisers who make the publication possible. Thanks go also to Yugo and Rachel at Screen Process (publishers of thiS paper) who are so tolerant when we miss deadlines. Also, thanks to 8ea Imada at the club office who is my pusher, and to Herbert who gives me the over-all guidance. Now, all I have to do is to find some new blood who would want to take over the job of editor.

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  • For your guidance, we are publishing information concerning the new insurance law. Many of us will probably benefit by the provisions of this new law.

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    The Congo. The news out of Stanleyville and Leopoldville concerning the massacre of hostages is awfully unpleasant. For us, the tragedy of the Congo is represented by the death of Dr. Paul Carson, the medical missionary from Torrence, Calif., who became a pawn of the rebel regime. Dr. Carson was a Christian who wanted nothing from Africa but a chance to help those who are so desperately in need of help. We applaud the U. S. -Belgian intervention to rescue and evacuate the hos-tages. For once, the U. S. made a quick decision based solely on humanitarian needs. It was a no-nonsence decision and it indicates that given the facts and a desire to do what is right, we can take decisive action to overrun the flappings of political humbuggers.

    The death of Dr. Carson reminds us of Isak Dinesen's "Out Of Africa" which is a classical account of 17 years in Central Africa . The book merely sets out to record a way of life as seen and experienced by one unusual individual. Isak Dinesen did not go to Africa with the intent of changing anything. (She first went there to run a coffee farm which had been given to her on the occasion of her marriage.) In the closing chapter of her book in which she says farewell to the farm and Africa, she makes you feel the loss of humanity so admirably expressed by this white woman for her black brethen. For example, her visit to the dying tribal chief who wanted to die in her home rather than at the mission hospital, and her description of tribal custom: "The Kikuyas, when left to themselves, do not bury their dead, but leave them above ground for the Hyenas and vultures to deal with. The custom had always appealed to me. I thought that it would be a pleasant thing to be laid out to the sun and the stars, and to be so promptly, neatly and openly picked and cleansed; to be made one with Nature and become a common component of the landscape."

    Like Isak Dinesen, Dr. Carson, too, did not go to Africa to change anything. He just wanted to help his black brethen. The land of Africa has claimed another friend.

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    Though Christmas is past, I would like to recite this story which my six-year old daughter told me. When Santa started out to deliver his Christmas gifts, he could not find his reindeers, so he decided to try some mules. But they were clumsy, drove to the wrong houses, and tried to climb done the chimneys themselves. So Santa decided to try some mice. He hitched his sled to thousands of mice, but when he cracked his whip, they took off so fast that he was knocked off his sled. So he decided to try some pigs. But Santa gave up when he found that their feet quickly dirtied the clean white snow. So in the end, Santa went back to the rein-deers.

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    "My Fair Lady" playing at the Ruger Theater is fabulous. It's most hilarious s cene takes place at the Ascot Races where Professor Higgins has taken Elize