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Bill Gordon (right) with Senri Nagasue (left) in Fukuoka City (June 13, 2004)

 
Acknowledgments

Senri Nagasue, former member of the Kamikaze Special Attack Corps Yashima Unit and author of several books on kamikaze, provided invaluable support for this project. He made all of the arrangements for me to meet with his classmates and others in the Imperial Japanese Navy, most of whom are former members of the Kamikaze Special Attack Corps. During my 2004 trip through Japan, these men escorted me to museums and monuments, told me about their wartime experiences, and gave me books and other valuable written information related to Japan's kamikaze operations. These men include Sunao Azemoto, Yoshitaka Fujioka, Akira Fujishima, Mototsugu Gotō, Shigeo Gotō, Keiji Hada, Saneyuki Hida, Kenya Hiraoka, Tetsumi Hirashima, Ryōichi Iimori, Kiyoshi Iwamoto, Shōji Jikuya, Noriaki Kamura, Ryōhei Kawakaze, Toshimitsu Kijima, Tatsuya Koizumi, Iwao Miura, Hiroshi Nagata, Toshiyuki Nagahama, Masatoshi Ōsugi, Kesaharu Ōta, Tamori Ono, Masaru Satō, Shōji Sugiyama, Katsumi Suzuki, Noriaki Tamura, Moriji Tsuruta, Shōichi Tsutsui, Toyokazu Uchikoshi, Isao Uchiyama, Teruhiko Yamada, Seizō Yasutake, and Masami Yukitoki. Senri Nagasue also arranged meetings with the following family members of kamikaze pilots who died in the war: Shigehiko Fukuda, Masatoshi Kirihata, Taeko Kumamoto, and Masako Narazaki. I greatly appreciate Senri Nagasue's answers to my e-mail questions, advice on my web site, and permission to translate stories and letters on his web site.

Michael Roy, former Director of Academic Computing Services at Wesleyan University, served as my formal advisor for this project. He provided several very useful suggestions on the design for this web site. In the fall semester of 2000, he taught a graduate course on "Reading and Writing Hypertext," which provided me an overview of the literary theory of hypertext, along with the examination of many examples of web sites and hypertext. That course gave me the opportunity to develop my first web site, which covers the history of the Friendship Dolls exchanged between Japan and the U.S. in 1927 and more recent years.

The following museums have kindly provided permission to use materials on this web site: Chiran Peace Museum for Kamikaze Pilots, Etajima Museum of Naval History, Hotaru Museum, Kaiten Memorial Museum, Kanoya Air Base Museum, Bansei Tokkō Peace Museum (formerly known as Kaseda Peace Museum), Mizobe Town (Kokubu No. 2 Air Base Exhibit), and Yokaren Museum in Ōita City. Several museum directors and employees provided valuable assistance, including Muneshige Fuchigami, Shōichirō Hatakeyama, Noriaki Kamitomo, Haruhiro Inoue, Kiichi Kawano, Takeshi Kawatoko, Takumi Takamatsu, Shizuya Tanaka, and Hatsuyo Torihama. I want to especially recognize the help of Sachio Matsunaga, Kanoya Air Base Museum Director, who took me by car to several places inside the base not normally accessible to visitors.

Gene Brick of the Drexler Survivors Reunion Association has provided valuable assistance for several articles included on this web site. My sincere appreciation also goes to the following other members of the Drexler Survivors Reunion Association: Bob Anteau, Red Brantley, Bartt Brick, Sam Brick, Charlie Brown, Henry Christiansen, Joe Curgino, Joe Haas, Robert Hunt, Bob McIntyre, Fred Mitchell, Duke Payne, and Roseann Viola.

Yūko Shirako deserves a special thanks for her contributions of materials for this site, insights into Japanese views about kamikaze, and answers to my many questions.

The following individuals and organizations have provided materials, suggestions, and other valued assistance for this web site: Scott Aalgaard, Yuki Akiyama, James Bond, Mel Brown, Wayne Brown, Rev. C.H. Cooper, Bob Cooper (USS Callaghan Survivors Association), Dr. Rex Davis, Daniel Dizon, Kevin Gordon, Johnnie Johnson Hafernik, Fumiko Hattori, Isako Imamura, Seiichi Inoue, Leo Jarboe (USS Callaghan Survivors Association), Bill Johnston, Barry Joseph, Shingō Katayama, Daniel A. Kitchen, Aya Kōda, John Laughton, Steve Laughton, Jim Long, Risa Morimoto, Mieko Morita, Masato Muranaga, Emiko Nagayama, Kanako Nakayama, Shinobu Nishida, Kimie Nutahara, Kensho Ōta, Constance O'Keefe, Jim Owens, Peter Rutland, Yoshiko Samuel, Kenji Sekiyama, Jenni Sipe, Kan Sugahara, Yusushi Takahata, Tony Teal, Minoru Tokuda, Stephanie Vandrick, and Hisahide Yamamoto. Their kind support for this collaborative project is very much appreciated.

The Chiran Speech Contest Committee and Yūko Shimaki coordinated getting permission to publish English translations of speeches from the following former contest prize winners: Hiroyuki Beppu, Rimi Hamasaki, Rika Imahori, Hideki Jinnai, Ai Kamisono, Tomoyo Kawasaki, Tomomi Kimura, Sumio Koike, Nozomi Kuwashiro, Takao Nagasaka, Miki Nagatomo, Eri Nakahara, Shōko Nakama, Rina Natsusako, Hiromi Nomura, Kenji Ojima, Masako Suzuki, Ayaka Tanaka, Ayumi Tominaga, Mitsuo Yamamoto, and Noe Yonamine.

My deepest gratitude goes to my wife Noriko for her loving support. I appreciate very much her checking the many Japanese e-mails and letters that I wrote as part of my research for this project. Without her backing and understanding, this work could not have been completed.