Contemplating Coastside WWII (in the “Magic Forest,” Moss Beach)

What’s interesting to me is that there are so few stories about the military presence between the years 1942 and 454. Those two years are the silent years, the secret years, the years of self-censorship. In addition to the self-censorship, The only information the government allowed was essentially war propaganda.

Where are the photographs of the soldiers, of the sailors? Where are the photos of the temporary military barracks? Of the military equipment, of their jeeps, of their guns? Where is everything?

If you’ve been following my Coastside WWII series, you’ll see that the years of secrecy end in the beginning of 1945 when bits of information start to come out in the local newspaper, the Half Moon Bay Review.