[a portion of the entry for November 18, 1945]
This afternoon our intel guys debriefed the young photo recon officer, Lt. Jorg ‘Georgie’ Gjerde of Mankato, Minnesota, who had been in the back seat of a twin engine plane that went down with mechanical trouble just short of our lines. He managed to escape, but only after being interrogated by a Japanese officer and his translator.
The interrogator had asked, ‘Just how many soldiers do the Americans intend to attempt to land on the Japanese home islands?’ Georgie says he answered immediately, without a blink.
“All of them.”