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pages 2–3: Guam landing beach with Americans under fire crouching on the beach.
pages 28–29: The forward section of the sunken battleship USS Arizona burns fiercely in this photo of Battleship Row taken from astern of the ship on December 7, 1941.
pages 154–155: A corpsman administers morphine to a dying Marine who was hit by sniper fire moments before on Peleliu.
page 1: U.S. troops storm ashore on the Philippine island of Leyte on October 20, 1944. This is the view that Fred Saiz and Dave Gutterman had as they landed on these beaches.
Page 26 On September 2, 1945, General MacArthur (at microphone) conducts the surrender ceremony aboard the USS Missouri in Tokyo Bay as high-ranking Allied of?cers look on. The ?rst to sign the surrender document is Japanese Foreign Minister Mamoru Shigemitsu. Behind him stands General Yoshijiro Umezu, the Japanese Army chief of staff, and other members of the Japanese delegation.
pages 88–89: U.S. and Filipino troops, grim-faced and exhausted after the ordeal of the siege on Corregidor, surrender to the Japanese outside the west entrance to the Malinta Tunnel in this captured photo taken on the afternoon of May 6, 1942.
pages 178–179: Japanese Language Officer Bob Sheeks assists a Japanese civilian in making surrender appeals using a jeep-mounted loudspeaker during the Tinian campaign in 1944.
Pacific War Stories
By Rex Allan Smith and Gerald A. Meehl

Size: 6 X 9", 
Cloth, 512 pages
Published 2004
ISBN: 978-0-7892-0817-0
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This is the most extensive collection published to date of first-person oral histories on so many diverse aspects of the war in the Pacific—told in gripping, eyewitness accounts by more than seventy veterans from all branches of service.

In this new book by the authors of Pacific Legacy: Image and Memory of World War II in the Pacific, the history of the War in the Pacific comes vividly to life in the words of those who witnessed it first hand. The editors create for the reader, as the veterans themselves recall it, what that war was like—how it looked, felt, smelled, and sounded. The stories collected here are a unique portrayal of the mundane, exotic, boring, terrifying, life-altering events that made up their wartime experiences in World War II in the Pacific, a war fought on countless far-flung islands over an area that constitutes about one-third of the globe. What the veterans saw and lived through has stayed with them their entire lives, and much of it comes to the surface again through their vivid memories.

The narratives, grouped into fifteen thematic, chronologically arranged chapters, are stirring, first-hand accounts, from front-line combat at the epicenter of violence and death to restless, weary boredom on rear area islands thousands of miles from the fighting. While their experiences differed, all were changed by what happened to them in the Pacific. These are not the stories of sweeping strategies or bold moves by generals and admirals. Instead, we hear from men and women on the lower rungs, including ordinary seamen on vessels that encountered Japanese warships and planes and sometimes came out second best, rank-and-file Marines who were in amtracs churning toward bullet-swept tropical beaches and saw their buddies killed beside them, and astounded eyewitnesses to the war’s sudden start on December 7, 1941. This is an important book for military buffs as well as for the survivors of World War II and their families.

Rex Alan Smith and Gerald A. Meehl are the co-authors of Pacific Legacy: Image and Memory from World War II in the Pacific. Smith is a veteran of thirty-six months with the Army Engineers in the Pacific. He is the author of Abbeville’s One Last Look and The Carving of Mount Rushmore. Meehl has traveled extensively in the South Pacific over the last thirty years and has photographed every major Pacific battlefield and site.

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