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"Aye Ogata (right), Tom Uyeda of Sacramento (foreground) and Bill Ishida in a bomb crater on Bougainville Island late 1944 or 1945. Bougainville is part of the Solomon Island group. The bomb was dropped from a ""Betty,"" a two-engine Japanese bomber. Ishida said, ""It was a close call for all of us. You could hear that bomb whistle all the way down, and I hid my head between two coconut trees. I thought we were dead."" The picture was used in the book ""Yankee Samurai."""