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Ned Begay's Travels
Transcript of Ned Begay's Travels
There were huge crabs that looked like gigantic spiders. There were 18,000 Japanese on Guam. Ned had a much lighter radio. There was lots of hand-to-hand combat as well. John Housewood was the third code talker to die. Ned met a seven year old boy that he said he would never forget, his name was Johnny. A man named Charlie Begay had died and then come back to life!
Ned and his fellow Marines celebrated New Years on Pavavu.
The Navajos at Camp Elliot were sent to Hawaii. This was where Ned got some additional training for the war to come. The Marines had a two day training course in a Hawaii desert where they only had one canteen of water. The Navajos were the only ones that got through without help because they snuck water from the cactus' around them.
On The Way To Bougainville
The Marines spent two days setting up a base on the island. The terrain was unlike anything a Navajo had ever seen, it was hot, steamy and over run by mosquitoes. The Marines learned of the Japanese Bonzai attacks. The Japanese left pieces of equipment and food to lure the Marines in and make explosions go off.
On The Way To Guam
On The Way To Pavavu
On The Way To Iwo Jima
On The Way To OKinawa
The Japanese were now desperate to win the war so they were using ancient war traditions from 100 years ago. The Navy bombarded the island for 5 months prior to the Marines invasion. The invasion consisted of 70,000 Marines. After about 30 mins the Japanese surprised the Americans with an ambush. Through the first few days of the attack the Americans lost many men. That part of the war was finally over on May 16th, 1945 when U.S Marines raised the American Flag on the top of Mount Surabachi.
Okinawa was the last island they needed to invade before the invasion of mainland Japan. While on Okinawa the president at the time, Franklin Roosevelt, died. Japanese Emperor, Hirohito, surrendered on August 15th, 1945 after 2 atomic bombs were dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. The Marines celebrated for days. The hard war that had been fought was finally over.
After Ned got home he was treated the same way he was before he left, badly. Even though he had served for his country and helped them win a hard war that came with many challenges. He was still a Navajo, still an indian to discriminate against, still hated. No matter how he was treated he was detirmined to never let go of his heritage.