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.