The Mission Essay

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December 5, 1941 Once again I am writing to you journal. My name is Abesh Yamauchi. I am a 19 year old man that has enlisted in the Japanese Navy. You can say that I am the archetypal farmer's son schooled in the Shinto tradition. Death doesn't scare me, it brings joy to me. Right now I am living on the Chikuma aircraft. It is nothing like home but I have gotten over that. My mom tried to convince me that I should not be involved with war but I knew that this was my purpose in life. At this time, Japan is experiencing a decreasing capacity to wage war, the loss of experienced pilots, which has turned us to kamikaze bombers like my self. This means god wind which I am still trying to understand. I have just got out of secondary school and I am already in the navy. I have thought of being a kamikaze pilot many times before and I am excited because I know one day I will reach happiness. December 6, 1941 Today I got a message from the Imperial General Headquarters. It read “Get ready, for tomorrow you will honor the Japanese life. Our mission is to demolish Pearl Harbor tomorrow morning.” He announced a month ago that this surprise attack was going to occur but it came so fast. When I read this I felt many feelings. I felt that I have accomplished life. They are announcing a military strike and I have only been in the Japanese navy for half a year. I don't know if I am ready or not. I don't know if I should feel confident or not. I am in control of a Boeing B-29 aircraft and have less than 100 hours of flying underneath my belt. As a Japanese warrior I know what I have to do but I don't know if I can accomplish this. As a 19 year old pilot I am the oldest of all my team. The youngest member Joanu Keshina who is 17 has only flew a plane twice and is getting deployed tomorrow morning. Thousands of people are counting on me to complete my task and

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