During the First World War Truk had been under the control of Germany. Japan, at the time, was part of the Allied Forces that stood against Germany.
Consequently, In 1914 Imperial Japan
Truk Lagoon provided Japan an
Concentrated fortifications were built
With thousands of troops, and cave
"Operation Hailstone", the code
The American armada included
Supporting the carriers were a fleet
Japanese losses resulting from the U.S. Navy attack totaled over
250 aircraft and 45 ships. Among the ships sunk were cruisers, destroyers,
sub-chasers, tankers, and cargo
carrying supply ships.
The U.S. Navy raid succeeded in
The Imperial Japanese Command
INTERESTING SIDE NOTES:
The Japanese Submarine I-169
Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto,
The Yamato and her sister ship
Admiral Yamamoto was killed
The Mitsubishi G4M "Betty" Bomber,
Although clearly not the same aircraft,
Major Boyington had been shot down during
a combat mission in the Solomon Islands.
Kimiuo Aisek was born in 1927 while Truk was under Japanese rule.
He was only 17 years old when the U.S. Navy attacked Truk Lagoon. The Japanese used native islanders for manual labor. And Kimiou watched in horror as his friends perished aboard the exploding transport Aikoku Maru.
The result of the U.S. Navy attacks would set the course for the rest of Kimiuo's life.
With his vast diving experience, the momentum began to build. And with the influence of close friends, Kimiuo opened the "Blue Lagoon Dive Shop" on November 13, 1973. The first diving facility in Chuuk.Kimiuo has dived with many world renown personalities, authors, and film makers. His knowledge and skill in locating and identifying shipwrecks was central to the success of many projects on the subject of Truk Lagoon.
Kimiuo Aisek passed away on January 4th 2001.
He was instrumental in developing Truk as the "Wreck Diving Capital of The World."
Kimiuo left a legacy that continues today through his son Gradvin Aisek, his grandsons, and the staff at the Blue Lagoon Dive Shop.
In Memory of Kimiuo Aisek.
In honor of his role and contribution to the diving industry of Truk Lagoon,
The Kimiuo Aisek Memorial Museum is now open to the public.
Any submission of materials, photographs, or other memorabilia relating to personal interactions with Kimiuo are welcome.
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