The day after his 21st birthday Edward Novak was in the Army and on his way to war. During his service he would be wounded by a Japanese grenade on Attu and recover in a Hawaiian hospital only to be discharged, return to fight on at Kwajalein and suffer another career ending wound. He witnessed the horrors of war and was fortunate to have survived to return home. Learn more about Edward’s battle experiences, Allied tactics and other wartime experiences in the interview below. The interview with Mr. Novak was completed as part of a friend’s school project and graciously donated by his family.
Did You Know?
A PBY plane piloted by Lt. Jean Cusick was sent from Dutch Harbor, on June 3, 1942, to locate Japanese forces in the Pacific. He was shot down by enemy fighters en route. Five men out of the seven-man crew survived the crash and got into life rafts. Cusick and his enlisted pilot died on the rafts from their wounds. The other three were captured by the Japanese, and became the first prisoners of war in the Aleutian Campaign.