Hello all, My father Pvt. James E. Martin was stationed at Nichols Field arriving there mid 1941. He was a radio operator/mechanic in the 2 Observation Squadron. He was wounded in the December attack on the field and evacuated to Manila aboard a train along with many other wounded. He related to me his voyage aboard the Mactan and the ship catching fire mid ocean and hiding out during the day from Japanese bombers who were looking to sink their ship. After reaching Australia dad flew out of Port Morsby in B-17 bombers and took part in the Battle of the Coral Sea where his bomber was part of a group tried to sink one of our own ships mistaking it for a Japanese vessel. They were not successful in attempt thank goodness. Later when the Japanese landed in New Guinea and attacked over the Owen Stanley Mountains towards Port Morsby he was part of the air base defense force formed to protect the bases. He received a bayonet stab in the back when he walked by a DEAD Jap soldier who suddenly came to life. Dad was able to spin around and shoot him before he could stab or shoot him again. That wound bothered dad for the rest of his life. He also had nightmares remembering the face of that Japanese soldier he shot. He did not like killing anything. Dad passed away in 2000 and he is survived by six children. We all miss him very much. He was and always be our hero.