Segment 7


The air raid sirens that would warn the ships of incoming kamikazes kept the men up day and night. Psychologically it was tough for Crain and the men. The warnings would come almost hourly. He admits that Okinawa was making him tired of the war. He had been at sea for almost 2 and a half years and it was taking its toll. As an 18 year old Crain remembers thinking that he needed to get his rest.Crain remembers seeing a ship in the convoy shoot down a kamikaze at the last possible second. Another kamikaze nicked another boat and left its wing on the deck. The kamikazes would try to get in between the ships so that they could not shoot otherwise the ships would fire on each other. Crain saw the kamikaze that hit his ship before it hit. The guns on Crain's ship were open and could cover 360 degrees. The last thing Crain remembers is someone shouting about an incoming plane and then an explosion. There was a lot of fire to fight. They were struck around 5 or 6 in the afternoon and the flames were not under control until midnight.Crain knew a couple of the people who were killed. Since he was on the bridge most of the time he knew a few of the radio men and quartermasters who were killed by the explosion from the kamikaze.


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