W.F. Clingman, a United States Coast
Guard officer, kept this handwritten journal from September 22nd to October 3rd, 1945
while assisting in minesweeping operations in the Kii Channel (Kii Suido) in Japan after
the end of World War II. In the journal, Clingman describes in detail his experiences in
Japan, writing about the minesweeping process, the weather, his interactions with the
local Japanese people, his observations of Japanese culture and the local scenery,
literature, and his desires to return to the United States.
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