I came across a mention of the song about the failed battle of Kiska in the audiobook "The Rising Sun". I started googling, but found only two mentions, both on Google Books. Is there the full text of the song available?

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The song is titled "Tales of Kiska", it's full text is located in the book Aleutians, Gilberts & Marshalls, June 1942-April 1944.

The dong "Tales of Kiska"

You've heard the bloody tales of old
Of fearless knights and warriors bold,
But now the muse pens Tales of Kiska
Or, how we missed them by a whisker.

One hundred thousand men at muster,
Admirals, generals adding luster;
Two hundred planes, as many ships -
All were bound for Kiska's Nips.

And now we come to how and when
"Dog-day" got its cognomen -
"Dog-day's" evening found our log
Quoting capture of one dog.

"Dog-day" plus 1 and 2 and 3
Found three more in captivity;
But as for Japs we couldn't say
We'd seen one either night or day.

We searched bolcanic craters vast
To catch a glimpse of one at last;
It took three days before we learnt
That more than dogs there simply weren't

O here's to mighty ComNorPac
Whose kingdom lay at cold Adak
Whose reign was known in fame for fog
And capture of two couple dog!
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    There are two minor errors in the transcription (L5: muser => muster, Refrain L3: dog => fog), which I unfortunately cannot fix as edits have to be at least 6 bytes. Aug 1, 2019 at 17:47
  • Note that if this is a folk song (rather than a work that has an actual author and got famous due to mass airplay), there quite likely will be multiple alternate verses/versions floating around.
    – T.E.D.
    Aug 1, 2019 at 19:36

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