This article lists the various minor fictional characters who appear in the Days of Infamy series. These characters are identified by name, but play at best a peripheral role in the series. Most were simply mentioned once, or had a very brief, unimportant speaking role that did not impact the plot, and never appeared again.
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Andy was an American sailor who was impressed into an infantryman during the Japanese invasion of Hawaii. He was defending the north of Pearl City from a cane field along with his infantrymen, some of whom were also impressed sailors. He was wounded in the leg from a Japanese machine gun in which one of his friend, also an impressed sailor, tried to save him but was also similarly wounded. Jim Peterson saved Andy, but Andy's friend was killed when he attempted to follow them. Thus saving a bullet that was meant for Peterson.
Arnie was one of three American soldiers Fletch Armitage "dragooned" into helping him work his M101 howitzer when the Japanese invaded Hawaii in 1941. Unlike the other two soldiers, Arnie surrendered with Armitage when American forces capitulated in February, 1942. Upon arriving in the POW camp in Kapiolani Park, Arnie regretted his decision. It is unknown as to what happened to Arnie during Hawaii's occupation to its liberation by American forces.
Bernie was an American living in Hawaii in 1941. On December 7, he and his friend Sid "captured" downed pilot Jim Peterson with their nine-irons. When they realized he was American, not Japanese, they helped him find a car.
Bill was a American private defending Hawaii during the Japanese invasion. Bill and his fellow private Eddie discovered their friend Wilbur's desecrated corpse by the Japanese after being taken prisoner. Terrified, Bill and Eddie did not know what to do with Wilbur's corpse and without a commanding officer to leading them, Bill founded Fletch Armitage and lead him to Wilbur. Armitage ordered Bill and Eddie to bury Wilbur in which they eagerly consented and as well being told not to mention Wilbur's death to the other soldiers, but warning them not to be taken captive by the Japanese. Bill then raised the question of the Geneva Conventions in which Armitage snapped back at his meaningless question in considering the state of Wilbur's death.
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Gordon "Gordy" Braddon (d. 1943) was an American PFC and POW in a Japanese camp in Hawaii. He was in the same shooting squad as Jim Peterson. Braddon, like many POWs, died from exhaustion and starvation suffered at the hands of Japanese soldiers.
Alfred Choi was a clerk in the "special cases" office at Honolulu Hale. He informed Oscar van der Kirk that he could do nothing for Charlie Kaapu (who had been arrested by the Kempeitai), and advised van der Kirk to simply let Kaapu go.
Clancy was one of three soldiers Fletch Armitage "dragooned" into helping him work his M101 howitzer when the Japanese invaded Hawaii in 1941. He and another soldier, Dave, decided against the idea of being a prisoner to the Japaneses due to their inhumane treatment towards their prisoners, and snuck off to blend back into the civilian population after American forces surrendered in February, 1942. It is unknown as to what happen to Clancy after Hawaii's occupation to its liberation in 1943.
Dave was one of three American soldiers Fletch Armitage "dragooned" into helping him work his M101 howitzer when the Japanese invaded Hawaii in 1941. He and another soldier, Clancy, were against the idea of being prisoners of the Japanese due to their inhumane treatment towards their prisoners, and snuck off to blend back into the civilian population after American forces surrendered in February, 1942. It is unknown as to what happen to Dave after Hawaii's occupation to its liberation in 1943.
Eizo Doi was a Japanese handyman living in Honolulu, Hawaii when the Empire of Japan conquered the islands in 1942. He was responsible for converting Jiro Takahashi's fishing boat to a sailing vessel, and putting a sail on Oscar van der Kirk's surfboard, creating the sailboard.
Gordon Douglas was a lieutenant in the United States Army. He served with Thirteenth Field Artillery Battalion (the "Lucky Thirteenth") in Hawaii alongside Fletch Armitage. When Armitage's wife left him, Douglas provided a sympathetic ear while both drank too much.
During the Japanese invasion, Douglas was with his crew heading to Haleiwa but only to be bombed by Japanese aircraft in which most of his crew were killed and his fieldpiece destroyed. He suffered minor injury as he was farther away from the column and was forced to becoming an infantryman, but was very poorly experience in firsthand combat. Douglas was later imprisoned at Kapiolani Park when the Empire of Japan conquered Hawaii in 1942. There, he was reunited with Armitage and commented that he didn't expected the Japanese would made them prisoners given to their inhumane policy towards taking prisoners on the battlefield Douglas had witnessed, but acknowledged that this is a step from what the Japanese would likely do to the prisoners.
Eddie was a American private defending Hawaii during the Japanese invasion. Judging from his stocky, swarthy look it is implied he hails from a city slum. Eddie and his fellow private Bill horrifically discovered their friend Wilbur's desecrated corpse after being captured by the Japanese. Both Eddie and Bill were too disturbed of the state of Wilbur's death and did not know what to do with his body. Eddie stayed to look after Wilbur's body as Bill looked for a senior officer, finding Fletch Armitage. Armitage ordered Eddie and Bill to bury Wilbur in which the two eagerly consented and were told not to tell to the other soldiers of Wilbur's death, but warning them of not being captive by the Japanese. After Armitage bluntly disregard the Geneva Conventions in considering the state of Wilbur's death, Eddie asked him of what they should do if they capture any Japanese soldier. His answer from Armitage was never to ask an officer beforehand in which Eddie and Bill were enthusiastic to his approval.
Lt. Colonel Mitsuo Fujikawa was Takeo Shimizu's regimental commander.
Mas Fukumoto was Oscar van der Kirk's misery landlord. During the Japanese invasion of Hawaii, his loyalty was privately questioned by van dee Kirk and the other white tenants. After Japan conquered Hawaii, Fukumoto accepted fish from van der Kirk as payment of rent.
Hideo Furuta was a soldier in the Japanese army in Takeo Shimizu's squad. When on board the freighter Nagata Maru, Furuta made the mistake of suggesting that the living quarters could be worse. Shimizu ordered Furuta to bring the squad tea as punishment.
Tanekichi Furuta was radarman in the Imperial Japanese Navy. He served aboard the Akagi in 1943, when the the United States launched its invasion to retake Hawaii from Japan. He'd been educated at the University of California.
Mr. Hasegawa was a Japanese grocer in Wahiawa, Hawaii. When Japan invaded Hawaii in December, 1941, he shared muted concerns with Jane Armitage about how the war might affect his business, knowing that once Hawaii fell, there would be no more shipments of food. A dire fact in which Jane agreed with Hasegawa's concerns.
Carter Higdon was a United States Navy pilot from Mississippi. He served on board the USS Enterprise. Higdon was considered the brains of his squadron. While on off duty, Higdon occupy himself in reading Ulysses. He disagreed with Jim Peterson's contention that the fleet's trip to Wake Island was a waste of time.
Junchiro Hozumi was a Hiroshima radio broadcaster who specialized in propaganda. He worked with Jiro Takahashi after Takahashi fled Hawaii's liberation from Japan. Jiro (secretly) found Hozumi a poor imitation of Osami Murata, the broadcaster Jiro worked with in Hawaii.
Woodrow "Woody" Kelley was the commander of the American submarine Amberjack. He surfaced his vessel next to Oscar van der Kirk one in 1942 when van der Kirk was fishing from his sailboard. Kelley quizzed van der Kirk on the state of things in Hawaii under Japanese rule, and then told van der Kirk to forget he'd been there. van der Kirk requested Kelley notify his and Susie Higgins' family that both of them were safe.
Edgar Kelly was an American Naval flyer, ranked lieutenant. Kelly overheard Jim Peterson's reactions to the Japanese blow on the battleships at Pearl Harbor as inconsiderate in compared to the might of aircraft carriers. In response, he berated Peterson as a "coldhearted bastard" in which he pointed out that the sailors at Pearl Harbor are on those ships and are also being killed.
Mitsuru "Mitch" Kojima (b. 1934) was a child of Japanese ancestry living in Wahiawa, Hawaii when the Empire of Japan conquered the islands in 1941-42. He was a student in Jane Armitage's third-grade class. Like many Japanese-Americans, he had an Anglo-Saxon nickname.
In the spring of 1942, Jane was working in her garden when young Mitsuru rode up on his bike. Greeting him by his nickname, Jane was rebuffed when he commanded her to use his full first name.
Walter London was an American POW in Jim Peterson's shooting squad. Unlike the other POWs, London was in seemingly good physical health as he was an operator to somehow manage to bargain his way with his fellow prisoners through acquiring commodities such as aspirins and cigarettes. Because of his seedy nature, London sought to look after himself first than anyone which making him dangerous to the POWs. As a result, London was kept constantly watched by Peterson and the other POWs. Despite the consequences his comrades would suffer, London looked for, and finally found, an opportunity to escape from his Japanese captors.
Billy Joe McKennieEdit
Billy Joe McKennie was a Army cab driver who hailed from somewhere in the deep South of the United States. He was driving supplies to the garrison at Kolekole Pass. McKennie gave Jim Peterson a ride to defend the Kolekole Pass. McKennie told Peterson of his beliefs that the Japanese Army won't be able to bypass the Waianae Mountains and that the Kolekole Pass was the only passage that the Japanese could go through. After dropping off the supplies and Peterson, McKennie later transported a squad of soldiers to the main scene of the fighting. Unfortunately on the next day, McKennie's assessments was proven wrong as the Japanese were able to climb over the mountains.
Vince Monahan was a United States Marine. He was part of the aborted invasion to retake Hawaii from the Empire of Japan in June, 1942. When the American fleet was returning to the mainland, Monahan resumed playing cards with Les Dillon and Dutch Wenzel to regain the betting money he had lost.
Ichiro Mori was a Japnese newspaper reporter of Nippon jiji. He went to the Japanese consulate to interview Nagao Kita on the Japanese living in Hawaii in the aftermath of the Japanese invasion. Instead, Ichiro was redirected to interviewing Jiro Takahashi, who answered to be satsified living under Japanese rule. Ichiro's interview was subsequently printed on the front page of his newspaper as Japanese propaganda.
Marvin Morrison (d. 1941) was an American Naval flyer and Jim Peterson's wingman. He was noted for his squeaky tenor voice that broke when he got excited. He was shot down by Japanese Zero pilot Saburo Shindo in the opening stages of the battle for Hawaii.
Akira Murakami was a first-year soldier and part of the Fifth Division led by lieutenant Osami Yonehara and corporal Takeo Shimizu. After Yonehara was killed while attempting a frontal assault on a house defended by an American machine gun, Murakami was ordered by Shimizu to "recover" back to their positions. Murakami clearly knew this was retreating (but didn't outright call it that) and fearfully knew this act would brand them as cowards and be shot by their comrades at their positions for their retreat. He shared this to Shimizu which the corporal assured him that they tried their best and pointed out their assault on the house was ill-suited for infantry without additional help. Murakami didn't believe Shimizu, but didn't contradict his superior before realizing from the corporal how they could be punish in comparison to the American machine gun which had killed many of their men.
Mr. Murphy (d. 1942) was principal of an elementary school in Wahiawa, Hawaii. He remained in the city when the Japanese occupied it in December, 1941-January, 1942. Violating the rules imposed by the Japanese, Murphy kept a radio hidden until someone in the community informed on him. Murphy was publically decapitated by Major Hirabayashi.
Okamoto was a Japanese citizen who owned a diner in Hawaii. Oscar van der Kirk and Charlie Kaapu ate in his diner in the aftermath of the Empire of Japan's attack on the American base at Pearl Harbor, and the landing of Japanese troops on Oahu. Van der Kirk wondered where Okamoto's loyalties might lie.
Izumi Shirakawa was a Japanese man living in the American territory of Hawaii when the Empire of Japan conquered it in 1942. In February, 1942, he acted as a translator for the formal surrender of American forces, represented by Admiral Husband Kimmel and General Walter Short, to the Japanese military, represented by General Tomoyuki Yamashita.
He also translated for the various candidates the Japanese reviewed for the role of puppet monarch of the reconstituted Kingdom of Hawaii, including Abigail Kawananakoa and Stanley Owana Laanui.
At times, he was seen more often as being nervous towards the occupiers despite his ethnic background and nationality.
Sid was an American living in Hawaii in 1941. On December 7, he and his friend Bernie "captured" downed pilot Jim Peterson with their nine-irons. When they realized he was American, not Japanese, they helped him find a car.
Steve was an American sailor who was impressed into an infantryman during the Japanese invasion of Hawaii. He was defending the north of Pearl City from a cane field along with his infantrymen, some of whom were also impressed sailors, in which he was wounded in the chest from a Japanese machine gun. He was rescued by Jim Peterson after being dragged back into a foxhole.
Nick Tversky was a US Navy pilot from Brooklyn. During the 2nd Battle of the North Pacific, while flying near the Hawaiian islands in support of the Marines, Nick's fighter took a flak hit which destroyed his engine, but luckily left him unscratched. He was able to bail out into the ocean. Only a few hours later, he met Oscar van der Kirk, and was taken aback by his sailboard. At first he wanted to get ashore but when that proved impossible, he was resigned to wait. His decision paid off when a few minutes later, he was rescued by a PBY, allowing him to return to the fight.
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Roger van der KirkEdit
Roger van der Kirk was the older brother of Oscar van der Kirk. He was the "responsible" son, and became the heir to the family business.
Wilbur (d. 1941) was a American private who was defending Hawaii during the Japanese invasion and was subsequently captured during combat. He was tortured to death in which he was repeatedly bayoneted several times and castrated - which his genitals was stuffed into his mouth - before expiring. As an sadistic add to insult, his torturers put a cardboard sign next to his head reading in crude English: "HE TAKE LONG TIME DIE". His comrades Bill and Eddie horrifically discovered his desecrated body and told Fletch Armitage about Wilbur of what they should do with his body. Armitage, disturbed, only ordered to have Wilbur buried and requesting that the descriptions of Wilbur's death is kept secret, but warning any other American soldiers of not being taken prisoner by the Japanese.
Osami Yonehara (d. 1941) was a lieutenant in the Japanese army and part of the Fifth Division along with corporal Takeo Shimizu. He arrived on Oahu on board the Nagata Maru, and led the early stages of the invasion. He was killed while attempting a frontal assault on a house defended by an American machine gun.