Category Archives: World War II

Uncalled for Hysteria


Straight talk.

I’m a senior citizen.

I have significant health issues.

Plural.

I’ve caught a bazillion colds and flus. If I catch ANY flu NOW, my recovery will be long or even serious. That is life.

This god dang hysteria generated by media streams, unfounded social media posts and a certain political party (you pick) is only doing politicians good.

It is NOT doing America good. Not at all.

In fact, I call it PROPAGANDA. Remember this?



…and the hysteria and panic buying spurred by these freakin’ media outlets only serve to hurt the most needy – our elderly. These hoarding morons – healthy younger morons – even fought each other for toilet paper. They must be planning to blow their noses with it instead of wiping their a$$es.


Wake up, America.

I will shut up now.

ps Any comment criticizing our leadership – alluding to racism, perceived inaction or the like – will be ignored if not deleted. It will be deemed not factual.

The Firebombing of Tokyo – Part 1


SEVENTY -FIVE YEARS AGO TODAY…

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While the horrific battle for Iwo Jima was still raging, the first large scale firebombing attack also took place 75 years ago today under orders from General Curtis LeMay.  The target was Tokyo.

While my aunt featured in my story below passed away late last year, you can read about her memories of that night as well as that of the son (and friend) of a B-29 captain who actually flew firebombing missions over Japan.

via The Firebombing of Tokyo – Part 1

Jimmy Stewart – They Don’t Make Them Like They Used to


I’ve admired Jimmy Stewart for what he was.

A simple American.

I will always remember his poem about his dog “Beau“. A truly touching tribute to his beloved dog on Johnny Carson.

He rarely boasted of his military career and if it was brought up, he simply acknowleged it.

But the facts are he flew combat missions over Europe during WWII when any mission could end in death… through enemy action or mechanical malfunction. Face it. Mechanical reliability was often as best they could muster. No triple redundant systems like in our current Warthogs.

He also flew in B-52s over Viernam. Vietnam was also no milk run with SAMs.

I hope you will read this synopsis of his bravery in spite of his success as a Hollywood actor. Please click on the link. Thank you.

Jimmy Stewart, USAAF pilot.

20 February 1966

Dad Would Have Been 101 Today


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My last picture of Dad a month before he passed, flanked by my two youngest kids. 2018 Los Angeles.

As Dad passed away less than two years ago at 99 years of age, he would have turned 101 today if he were still around.  I truly believed he would be the first Kanemoto to live to be 100.  Unfortunately, he just quietly passed away after eating a good lunch – eating was his pastime.

When I was in elementary school, I remember being at Belvedere Park in East Los Angeles. I might have been maybe eight years old. It was a breezy day and he had bought us brand new kites.  A wind gust pushed the kite and therefore, the spool got pulled out of my hand.  The kite took off – as did my Dad chasing after it.  To this day, I thought to myself, “Darn.  Dad can run fast.”  I didn’t know until just a little over six years ago he was a high school track star in Hiroshima.

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Dad trying to teach me how to ride a bike.  East Los Angeles, 1962.

Anyways, I thought of him today and his high school yearbook.

A link to his 1937 Hiroshima high school story is here.

I hope you are playing jump-frog with your favorite brother at Zenshouji, Dad, and eating loads of odango.

Happy birthday!

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Dad at bottom left then (clockwise): younger sister Mieko, my Grandma Kono, older sister Shiz and younger brother Suetaro who was killed as a Japanese soldier in 1944. King and Maynard Streets, Seattle, WA.  Circa 1925.