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Misawa: A Song of the Machi by George Welch

Misawa: A Song of the Machi

by George Welch

320 pages
A fictional account of military intelligence set in 1960's Japan.

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Category: Fiction:Literary
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About the Book
On August 15, 1945 Emperor Hirohito announced the surrender of the Japanese forces. The war was over. Back in America there was dancing in the streets but on the island of Honshu a long period of painful adjustment for the Japanese citizenry was just beginning.

In September American soldiers moved to occupy the city of Misawa, located 425 miles to the north of Tokyo. For decades Misawa had served as a training center for the Japanese Imperial Army’s cavalry.

The waters of Lake Ogawara outside Misawa were almost identical to those in another region of the Pacific: Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. Over Lake Ogawara, the Japanese Air Forces had practiced the bombing tactics that would lead to the attack on Pearl Harbor and America’s entrance into World War II.

In October 1948 the United States Air Force Security Service (USAFSS) was formed. An intelligence gathering agency that operated under the tightest security imaginable, USAFSS personnel were assigned to Misawa in the earliest days following the war. Utilizing surveillance flights and operating from secure compounds, the USAFSS forces—who carried Top Secret Crypto security clearances—would eventually occupy a portion of Misawa Air Base known as Security Hill.

Thousands of young airmen would pass through Misawa over the coming years. They would never forget the beauty of the countryside or the unlikely friendships that developed between them and their former enemies.

Set in the mid-1960s, Misawa: A Song of the Machi is a fictional account of the work performed by the men (and later, women) of USAFSS. They worked hard, played hard and lived by the motto of their unique command: Freedom Through Vigilance.

Richly illustrated with over 80 pages of photographs and interwoven with lengthy passages of military history as well as the sights and sounds of those long ago "Sixties" -Misawa: A Song of the Machi will be a trip down memory lane for those who lived through that colorful and exciting decade.

As the author relates, this is a book based in memory and time. The times, as our favorite singers told us, were changing.

Memories were being born.


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About the Author
George Welch George Welch is a veteran of the United States Air Force Security Service (USAFSS) who served at Wakkanai and Misawa Japan.

This is the second book dealing with his experiences in military intelligence. Insomnia Mimatsu was published in 2007.

Mr. Welch currently lives in Corpus Christi, Texas.



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