|Title:||Eddie Koya letter to Fred Grady|
|Quantity:||0.1 Linear feet (1 portfolio)|
|Abstract:||The collection consists of an undated letter from Eddie Koya to Fred Grady while he served in World War II. The letter describes a battle at sea: "The first day out at sea the Japs started to give us hell. They started... by suicide diving at our convoy from then on we were attacked for 72 hours... At night they were laying mines... I got the scare of my life a Jap plane started to dive at our ship but our gunners took care of him... they shot his tail off... all you could see was parts of plane coming down... I feel... a lot safer in a fox hole."|
The Kamikaze were suicidal attacks made by the Japanese on Allied forces during World War II. They only began these sorts of attacks in the final stages of the conflict. The tactic was to destroy warships as thoroughly as possible. The planes were designed to explode dramatically, often due to attached torpedoes or explosives. Kamikaze attacks began in the fall of 1944. The peak came in April to June of 1945.
Eddie Koya letter to Fred Grady. MS 2258. Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, The University of Georgia Libraries.