Smitty Was Here

Miyajima Island

Miyajima Island

Being that Smitty so enjoyed taking in the sights of 1945 Japan and it is Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, this post will continue with the brochures he brought home with him. Above is the Inland Sea and Miyajima Island that is approximately 45 minutes from Hiroshima; the entire island is considered a park being that two parks are actually on the island, The Omoto and the Momijidani, both famous for their cherry blossoms in spring and coloured leaves in autumn.

The Great Torii

The Great Torii

The Great Torii (52′ tall [16 metres]) is the red religious structure within the bay is from the 16th century. The earlier one had been destroyed by a typhoon. The Itsukushima Shrine has stone lanterns that remain lighted throughout the night. Senjokaku is the hall of a thousand mats and beside the shrine is a hall filled with countless rice ladles offered by worshipers. There is a five-storied pagoda (100 feet high) for Buddha close by and in the Omoto Park is a two-storied pagoda built by “Hidari-Jingoro” an ancient famous artist.

photos from inside the Miyajima Hotel brochure

photos from inside the Miyajima Hotel brochure

The center photo showing a patio, Smitty indicated that that was where they ate. And the circle to the right, dad wrote, “Damn good fishing and crabbing here.” It seems you can’t even take the Broad Channel, NY fisherman out of the soldier.

same brochure

same brochure

At the bottom picture here, Smitty wrote, “I slept here in a room like this.” On the right-hand side of the page is written, “I managed to get behind the bar at this place.” (Can’t take the bartender out of the trooper either, I suppose.) If any reader is capable of translating any of the Japanese writing in these posts, please do so. I have wondered for many years what they meant.

Gamagori Hotel

Gamagori Hotel

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At the Gamagori Hotel, above the bottom-left photo is written, “Good Food. Chef here studied under a Frenchman. Boy was the food tasty.” The right-hand photo has, “Fishing good here.”

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On this page of the Gamagori brochure, Smitty marked on the center diagram where his general stayed. (If viewing is a problem, please click on the photo to enlarge.) The bottom-left photo is marked, “Had a room like this at this place.”

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This brochure is entirely in Japanese and therefore unable to give the reader a clue as to where it was or still is located.

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KILROY WAS HERE!

KILROY WAS HERE!

And so was “SMITTY”!!

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Updated News-

Yank magazine Sept. 1945 (notice the helmet stenciling)

Yank magazine Sept. 1945 (notice the helmet stenciling)

Some of my friends who visit often might remember this cover of Yanks magazine with William Carlisle , of the 11th A/B on the cover. Koji of http://p47koji.wordpress.com notified me that he found a William and Norma Carlisle in Chalmers, IN. I sent a note to inquire and only received a reply two days ago.

Hello! So nice of you to write, Bob would have been pleased. The picture on the cover of the Yank magazine is William Robert Carlisle, my husband. I’m sure he could have told you stories of the 11th Air Borne. I’m Mrs. Norma Carlisle, Bob’s wife. I’m sorry to tell you that Bob passed away on Dec. 12 – 1997. I miss him! Hope you and yours are enjoying the Golden Years! God Bless, Norma

I was so disappointed to discover that we had lost yet another trooper’s tales of the era and a little taken back to see that He passed on what would have been my father’s 83rd birthday. Another Farewell Salute is in order.

With many thanks to Josh, we now have a link to the war memorial that honors the 11th Airborne using Mr Carlisle’s photo as a model.
http://www.panoramio.com/photo/56306307

http://www.warmemorialhq.org/cpg/thumbnails.php?album=520

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I am pleased to announce that Judy of http://greatestgenerationlessons.wordpress.com has invited me back for another guest post next Tuesday, 14 May. I touched on the lighter side of home life during the WWII era with an article entitled “There’ll Be A Hot Time…” Come – join us!!

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About GP Cox

Everett Smith served with the Headquarters Company, 187th Regiment, 11th A/B Division during WWII. This site is in tribute to my father, "Smitty." GPCox is a member of the 11th Airborne Association. Member # 4511 and extremely proud of that fact!

Posted on May 11, 2013, in SMITTY, Uncategorized, WWII and tagged , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 57 Comments.

  1. My young master, Jamie, is going on 13 and a WWII buff. It is nice to know that the future generations are not forgetting. Given what faces them now…they are still not forgetting. Thank you for a fantastic blog that I share with him, and for the likes you have given mine. From a faithful dog, Maggie

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  2. Thanks for your service, as a Vietnam vet I do understand what you did for us.

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  3. I can confirm that the food on Miyajima is still great – I visited barely a few weeks ago. The torii at high tide is one of the greatest views to be had in Japan. And the deer are as attentive as ever!

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    • Thank you for stopping in to tell us. I’ve always pictured this island as so mysterious, a walk into the past. It’s great to know that some things don’t change.

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  4. Our country needs to hear these stories today. Such wonderful material. Thanks for your generosity in sharing!

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  5. These posts are wonderful! I stumbled across your blog when you stumbled across mine. 🙂 I went to Miyajima about 10 years ago, and it is stunningly beautiful (Watch out for the friendly deer! They will try to nibble the shirt right off of you!). Thanks for this beautiful tribute to the troops. My dad was stationed in Japan, but luckily for him it was during the 1950s, and just post-Korean War. He also left with a great love for the country.

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    • What a wonderful story – thanks for stopping back and adding it. Good to hear that Miyajima is still beautiful, nowadays you never know with pollution, global warming, etc. Give your dad a salute for us – today is Armed Forces Day!

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  6. I’m very sorry to hear that William Carlisle passed away, I wonder what tale would he have told if he were here with us. It would have made a great post!

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  7. I enjoy reading your posts so much! I learn so much, thank you.

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  8. I love your blog! Your uniqueness, eclectic voice and honesty keep me coming back day after day. So I have nominated you… http://allnightknitter.wordpress.com/2013/05/13/an-award-seriously/
    Keep going! Thank you!

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  9. The history keeps getting richer and richer and you are doing a bang-up job in the sharing of it. Your blog has become a wonderful resource for writers wanting ‘the facts.’ Thank you so much.

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    • Certainly my pleasure; sometimes it is difficult to find the true facts because the myths keep getting in the way; but I definitely want only facts here. Thanks for your compliments.

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  10. These brochures are great. Shows an opposite side to war.

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  11. If you would like me to do some translations of the brochure for you please send me a copy. A little bigger in resolution than those posted here, I cannot make out the characters properly.

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  12. As always awed by your honesty and beauty of your blog. Such a pleasure for the reader!

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  13. Just to let you know that I nominated you for both the Liebster Award and the WordPress Family Award. http://thefamilykalamazoo.wordpress.com/2013/05/11/aw-shucks-and-shout-outs/

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  14. Thomas Nuffan

    awesome stuff.

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  15. Beautiful memories…

    Sent from my iPhone

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  16. If you’re ever in the Mobile, Alabama area might I recommend that you visit a small restaurant which sits on Battleship Parkway, which crosses Mobile Bay. It stands right in front of the battleship USS ALABAMA. Its owner has lots of World War Two memorabilia decorating its walls which my father, and other local veterans, gave to him. It used to be called The Captain’s Table, but I think it goes by another name now. Worth the visit if you’re ever there, and the food is outstanding!

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  17. How lovely to have that note from Norma Carlisle.

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  18. Printed artifacts fascinate me. These are great ones.

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  19. Pierre Lagacé

    We should never leave wars in the hands of politicians…
    Such beautiful pictures of a country ravaged by war.
    If veterans could really speak their mind.

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