In 2013 Dianne M. Strong, Ed.D. raised $23,406 on Kickstarter and self published "Witness To War: Truk Lagoon's Master Diver Kimiuo Aisek." This 304-page hardcover book included 16 pages of full color, and full cover in the insides covers.
Thousands of divers around the world know Dianne M. Strong as the Internet's "StrongDiver" or "TrukDiver." As the "adopted American daughter" of Kimiuo Aisek, she was uniquely qualified to write this biography. In 1970 she became a YMCA scuba instructor, and crossed over to the National Association of Underwater Instructors (NAUI) in 1977. Her certification as a trimix technical diver--enabling her to explore the underwater world to a depth of 200' using air with helium--is from the International Association of Nitrox and Technical Divers (IANTD).
Before moving to the US Territory of Guam in 1972, she dove shipwrecks off the East Coast and the sunken R.M.S. Empress of Ireland passenger liner in Quebec, Canada. In 2001 she dove the nuclear shipwrecks at Bikini Lagoon in the Marshall Islands. She has been diving Truk Lagoon since June 1973 and loves diving the “ship reefs.”
Strong holds two degrees in journalism: a B.A. from the Henry W. Grady School of Journalism at the University of Georgia (1967) and an M.S. in mass media from Syracuse University's Newhouse Communication Center (1970). Her Ed.D. in intercultural education is from the University of Southern California (USC, 1982). She taught writing at the University of Guam for eighteen years. By writing “Witness To War,” Dr. Strong had an opportunity to “practice what she preached.”
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VideosForgotten Battle of WW2
"Operation Hailstone," the American attack on Truk Lagoon, is often omitted from WW2 history. On the 70th anniversary of the 1944 attack of February 17-18, the biographer of legendary diver Kimiuo Aisek reminds people of his legacy. Divers from around the world visit the world's "greatest wreck dive." The battle's doomed airplanes and ships that spelled tragedy for the Japanese Empire now provide beauty and living history.
Witness to War: Truk Lagoon's Master Diver Kimiuo Aisek (Japanese Kanji)
by Dianne Strong
Kimiuo Aisek was a seventeen-year old witness to “Operation Hailstone,” the U.S. attack on Truk, “the Gibraltar of the Pacific.” Dianne M. Strong's biography recognizes a humble islander who put Truk Lagoon on the world map for scuba divers, by founding Blue Lagoon Dive Shop in 1973. Through Aisek's eyes, Japanese readers can now learn about Aisek's life from wartime to his unique legacy.
Witness to War: Truk Lagoon's Master Diver Kimiuo Aisek
by Dianne Strong
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Kimiuo Aisek was a seventeen-year old witness to “Operation Hailstone,” the U.S. attack on Truk, “the Gibraltar of the Pacific.” Dianne M. Strong's biography recognizes a humble islander who put Truk Lagoon on the world map for scuba divers, by founding Blue Lagoon Dive Shop in 1973. Through Aisek's eyes readers learn about the Japanese mandate, WW2 in the Pacific, and Aisek's unique legacy.
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