Eddie Gillenwater’s Pearl Harbor

An excerpt from The Soviet Union and Lincoln County USA that I hope to publish soon.

My good friend, the late Eddie Gillenwater, was a paratrooper stationed at Pearl Harbor. He was coming out of a mess hall located near the eighteenth green of a golf course. He looked up and saw planes flying low in his direction. Eddie didn’t think they were anything but American planes.Then he saw divits jumping up from the eighteenth green. Those planes were shooting at him.
Eddie told me that he ran down a hill to escape the bullets and tried to get inside a drainage culvert. But his shoulders were too wide, he could only get his head in.So there he was with his rear end as a target for the Japanese air force.

About Sam's Branch

I joined the Peace Corps in 1961 as West Virginia’s first volunteer. Go to Amazon.com to order my book Imagonna: Peace Corps Memories. I am the eighth generation of my family born in the Big Coal River Valley of West Virginia. My father and grandfather were underground coal miners. I have a chemical engineering degree from West Virginia University (WVU). After training to make sidewinder missiles, I joined the Peace Corps and taught chemistry and coached the track team at a secondary school in Nigeria. Since that time, I was WVU’s first full time foreign student advisor and worked in urban outreach, organic farming, construction labor, and high school teaching. I recently retired from the board of directors of the West Virginia Highlands Conservancy (wvhighlands.org), and recently retired from the board of directors of the West Virginia Kanawha State Forest Foundation (ksff.org). I am still on the board of the Labor History Association and the West Virginia Environmental Education Association and recently joined the board of the West Virginia Civil Liberties Union. I am active in the campaign to stop the destructive practice of mountain top removal strip mining in the Appalachian Mountains. You may contact me at martinjul@aol.com or my blog samsbranch.wordpress.
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