Airman 1st Class Shigenori Nishikaichi, piloting his Mitsubishi Zero Fighter and escorting a group of bombers, had completed two successful runs. The bombers began seeking further targets when, suddenly, nine
Nevertheless, one round had punctured the fuel tank of Shigenori Nishikaichi's fighter, and he began losing fuel. That single bullet set into motion events that would eventually lead to
As the Japanese pilot made his way back to the aircraft carrier, his injured plane fell behind. It soon became apparent that he would not be able to reach the carrier as it steamed away from
Next called was Yoshio Harada. He'd been born in the
The islanders treated their guest to a luau. He ate well and even sang for his rescuers, unaware that his rescue sub had already been ordered to head back into the Pacific to intercept any incoming
By nightfall, however, the radio news informed the residents of
Unbeknownst to them, the Navy had curtailed maritime traffic, preventing the Robinson family's representative from reaching the island to pick up the prisoner. Over the next few days Nishikaichi played with Harada's loyalties, pitting his citizenship against his heritage. Harada's allegiance swayed, and over the course of the day the Japaneese-American Harada stole a pistol and a shotgun. That night the two men armed themselves and escaped the other guards. They returned to the house where the crashed Zero was located, but they didn't find the house's owner there–Kaleohano had been in the outhouse, and hid there when he saw them coming. The two fugitives tried to use the radio in the crashed plane, but after an unsuccessful attempt they walked back to the nearby house. As they returned, Kaleohano sprang from his hiding place and dashed away to make his escape. Nishikaichi fired at the fleeing Hawaiian, and missed.
On the night of 12 December, Nishikaichi and Harada stormed the town, and captured a small group of residents. The Japanese pilot demanded that Kaleohano be turned over to him. Though the islanders knew that the man had set off for a
Nishikaichi pulled his pistol from his boot and shot Ben Kanahele thrice– chest, hip, and groin– but it wasn't enough to stop the enraged Hawaiian. He lifted Nishikaichi and threw him against a stone wall. Kanahele's wife took up a stone, and began to stove in the pilot's skull until her husband could get a knife and finish the man off. With defeat inevitable, Yoshio Harada turned the shotgun into his own gut, and fired.
The incident spawned the Navy's report that indicated a "likelihood that Japanese residents previously believed loyal to the
Times have changed, I could never imagine this kind of thing happening today but then just look at how horribly many Americans of Arab decent were treated following the attacks of 9-11. It is indeed a Weird World in which we live. See you next time.
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