Thursday, Apr 5, 1945
Here’s an interesting bit of news from today: carrier pigeons wearing bras are vital to military communications. Well, they’re not exactly wearing bras but special vests made of lightweight bra material so that they can carry messages. In particular, a pigeon carried a message in the Philippines from Aringay, high in the Lingayen Gulf, to Rosales, then to San Fernando north of Manila. A plane took it from there to Manila where it was radioed to Los Angeles. Pigeons are invaluable in the mountainous territory of the Philippine islands because the peaks block radio transmissions. Pigeons also link forward units to rear headquarters and save the need for Jeep messengers. The Japanese use carrier pigeons too. And guess where they got their breeding stock? US!