Friday, Sept. 15, 1944
Today began one of the most desperate battles of the Pacific Front as US Marines fought the Japanese for control of Peleliu, one of the Palau islands. This is a strategic and critical point as we edge closer and closer to Japan and the resistance is bound to be fierce. Meanwhile, Grandma wrote, “I suppose you read in the papers about the hurricane we’re expecting. All night work has been cancelled throughout the city. The beach is barricaded with sand bags and everybody is ready for the hurricane. You could feel stings of it all ready. It is 4:30 in the afternoon and it is pitch dark. I thought that if anything should happen, you should have one more letter.” My Grandpa’s reaction? “I’m dying to watch the onslaught blow by blow!”
Light the Sabbath candles.