At the time of World War II, Kiska Island was occupied by twelve men of a United States Navy weather station, two of whom were not present during the Japanese invasion. On 6-7 June, 1942, in actions designed to roughly coordinate with their attack on Midway Island, Japanese forces occupied both Kiska and Attu Islands against no opposition. On Kiska they built an airfield, a series of coastal and anti-aircraft defenses, a submarine base, seaplane base, and quarters for troops.
The picture [below] shows the Japanese midget submarine base on Kiska Island under inspection by U.S. and Canadian troops in September, 1943. The submarines had been destroyed by the Japanese upon evacuating the island. And the site as it appears today.
I was there in 2003.......the wife lost an uncle who managed to survive the ordeal only to sucumb to his injuries on the boat home.
His effects were sent home and someone in the family has a diary which I'm hoping to look at someday.
We also walked along the railway line at Hellfire Pass in Kanchanaburi.......truly moving.
Lt. Yoshinori Yamaguchi’s flying his Yokosuka D4Y3 Suisei during a kamikaze attack against carrier Essex, on 25 Nov 1944. The plane crashed into the flight deck just missing parked planes. Sixteen men died in the attack, along with Yamaguchi. The pilot flew from Malabacat Air Field located in the Philippines.