Gerald A. Meehl

Gerald A. Meehl

Jerry Meehl is a writer, photographer, and the co-author, with the late Rex Alan Smith, of Abbeville’s Pacific War Stories, a compilation of gripping eyewitness accounts of one of the bloodiest war theaters in world history. 

He is a Senior Scientist at NCAR. His research interests include studying the interactions between El Niño/Southern Oscillation (ENSO) and the monsoons of Asia; identifying possible effects on global climate of changing anthropogenic forcings, such as carbon dioxide, as well as natural forcings, such as solar variability; and quantifying possible future changes of weather and climate extremes in a warmer climate. He was contributing author (1990), lead author (1995), and coordinating lead author (2001, 2007) for the first four Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) climate change assessment reports, and is currently a lead author on the near-term climate change chapter for the IPCC AR5. He received his Ph.D. in climate dynamics from the University of Colorado, and received the Jule G. Charney Award from AMS in 2009. Dr. Meehl is an Associate Editor for the Journal of Climate. He serves as vice-chair of the National Academy of Sciences/National Research Council Board on Atmospheric Sciences and Climate, and co-chair of the Community Climate System Model Climate Change Working Group. Additionally, he is co-chair of the World Climate Research Programme (WCRP) Working Group on Coupled Models (WGCM), the group that coordinates international global climate model experiments addressing anthropogenic climate change.

  • Fellow of the American Meteorological Society (AMS);
  • Member, American Meteorological Society (AMS);
  • Visiting Senior Fellow, University of Hawaii Joint Institute for Marine and Atmospheric Research;
  • Member, Pacific Science Association;
  • Member of the American Geophysical Union.

Pacific War Stories

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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.

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