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The Jones Brothers

Gordon Jones and his brother Earl had been stationed at Kaneohe on December 2 1941, and yet only five days later they were to have their baptism of fire. Between the first and second wave, they were kept busy trying to extinguish fires and moving less damaged planes to safer locations. When it began, they had no reason to suspect that the second wave would be any different to the first, as Gordon recalls: 'When this new wave of fighters attacked, we were ordered to run and take shelter. Most of us ran to our nearest steel hangar . . . this bomb attack made us aware that the hangar was not a safe place to be . . . several of us ran north to an abandoned Officer's Club and hid under it until it too was machine-gunned. I managed to crawl out and took off my white uniform, because I was told that men in whites were targets. I then climbed under a large thorny bush . . . for some reason I felt much safer at this point than I had during the entire attack.' For most of the men at Kaneohe, there was little else they could do but take cover until the devastating assault had passed.

From Pearl Harbor 1941, Campaign 62, by Carl Smith
© Osprey Publishing 2001