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Volume I: Voices of the Pacific Theater—The Things Our Fathers Saw [2015]

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Volume 1 of The Things Our Fathers Saw® series begins in an upstate NY community, which LOOK Magazine designated as Hometown, USA for a 6-issue patriotic spread in 1944, a microcosm of every other small-town community in the country.

It starts with my quest for a young sailor's body, killed at Pearl Harbor, and follows our young men and women across the Pacific.

Over thirty survivors who fought from Pearl Harbor to the surrender at Tokyo Bay give firsthand accounts of combat and brotherhood, of captivity and redemption, and the aftermath of a war that left no American community unscathed. Includes maps, photos, and never-before-seen portraits. Here are the real stories that LOOK Magazine could not tell.

307 PAGES.

From the book:

The telephone rings on the hospital floor, and they tell you it is your mother, the phone call you have been dreading. You’ve lost part of your face to a Japanese sniper on Okinawa, and after many surgeries, the doctor has finally told you that at 19, you will never see again. The pain and shock is one thing. But now you have to tell her, from 5000 miles away.

— ‘So I had a hard two months, I guess. I kept mostly to myself. I wouldn't talk to people. I tried to figure out what the hell I was going to do when I got home. How was I going to tell my mother this? You know what I mean?’ ~Jimmy Butterfield, WWII Marine veteran


— ‘I was talking to a shipmate of mine waiting for the motor launch, and all at once I saw a plane go over our ship. I did not know what it was, but the fellow with me said, 'That's a Jap plane, Jesus!' It went down and dropped a torpedo. Then I saw the Utah turn over.’ ~Barney Ross, U.S. Navy seaman, Pearl Harbor


— ‘Rage is instantaneous. He's looking at me from a crawling position. I didn't shoot him; I went and kicked him in the head. Rage does funny things. After I kicked him, I shot and killed him.’ ~Thomas Jones, Marine veteran, Battle of Guadalcanal



These are the stories that the magazine could not tell to the American public.


— ‘I remember it rained like hell that night, and the water was running down the slope into our foxholes. I had to use my helmet to keep bailing out, you know. Lt. Gower called us together. He said, 'I think we're getting hit with a banzai. We're going to have to pull back. 'Holy God, there was howling and screaming! They had naked women, with spears, stark naked!’ ~Nick Grinaldo, U.S. Army veteran, Saipan



By the end of 2020, fewer than 300,000 WW II veterans will still be with us, out of the over 16 million who put on a uniform. But why is it that today, nobody seems to know these stories? Maybe our veterans did not volunteer; maybe we were too busy with our own lives to ask. But they opened up to the younger generation, when a history teacher told their grandchildren to ask.


— ‘I hope you'll never have to tell a story like this, when you get to be 87. I hope you'll never have to do it.' ~Ralph Leinoff, Marine veteran Iwo Jima, to his teenage interviewer



This book brings you the previously untold firsthand accounts of combat and brotherhood, of captivity and redemption, and the aftermath of a war that left no American community unscathed.


— ‘After 3½ years of starvation and brutal treatment, that beautiful symbol of freedom once more flies over our head! Our POW camp tailor worked all night and finished our first American flag! The blue came from a GI barracks bag, red from a Jap comforter and the white from an Australian bed sheet. When I came out of the barracks and saw those beautiful colors for the first time, I felt like crying!’~Joe Minder, U.S. Army POW, Japan,1945

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— TABLE OF CONTENTS —

PREFACE 5
HARDWIRED TO HISTORY 15
A HIGHER PURPOSE 18
A SUNDAY MORNING 21
‘WHERE THE HECK IS PEARL HARBOR?’ 21
THE DAY OF INFAMY 29
THE DEFENDERS 37
RETREAT TO BATAAN 40
RETREAT TO CORREGIDOR 43
THE BATAAN DEATH MARCH 45
THE FALL OF CORREGIDOR 55
CAPTIVITY 59
‘FIFTY MEN TO A BUCKET OF RICE’ 60
INTO THE FRAY 65
PRACTICING FOR THE DOOLITTLE RAID 66
INTERNMENT 68
MIRACLE AT MIDWAY 70
A TURNING POINT-GUADALCANAL 73
22 MILES WITH A PACK AND A RIFLE 75
THE LANDINGS 77
‘CONFUSION TO THE EXTREME’ 80
THE BATTLE OF THE TENARU 83
EDSON’S RAIDERS COME ASHORE 86
THE BATTLE OF BLOODY RIDGE 87
THE BATTLE OF THE MATANIKAU RIVER 90
MALARIA 91
STRIKING AT THE SERPENT’S HEAD 94
SEA ACTION 99
THE VAST PACIFIC 101
THE DESTROYER ESCORT 103
RESCUE 105
CAPTIVITY-YEAR 2 109
‘SOMEONE IS GETTING A CRUEL BEATING’ 110
‘MADE TO DIG THEIR OWN GRAVES’ 111
‘THE MOTHERS BACK HOME’ 113
ISLANDS OF THE DAMNED 119
TARAWA 120
THE MARSHALL ATOLLS 121
THE MARIANAS—SAIPAN, GUAM, AND TINIAN 128
THE HELL OF PELELIU 136
CAPTIVITY-YEAR 3 143
THE HELLSHIPS 143
THE HOLDS OF HELL 145
TORPEDOED 150
39 DAYS IN THE HOLE 156
THE SANDS OF IWO JIMA 161
FLAG OF OUR FATHERS 170
‘I’VE GOT A GOOD ONE FOR YOU, DOC.’ 175
THE GUYS LEFT BEHIND 178
CAPTIVITY-YEAR 4: 179
THE COPPER MINE 179
HELL, REVISITED 180
MITTENS MADE OF GRASS 181
A RAIN OF RUIN 185
THE FIRST MISSION 186
INTO THE AIR 187
THE BOMB RUN 190
PERDITION 192
THE DEATH OF THE PRESIDENT 194
INFERNO 194
THE 15TH MISSION 196
INTO THE OCEAN 199
THE UNWRITTEN RULE 201
THE MORALITY OF WAR 203
THE KAMIKAZES 205
CROSSING THE ‘T’ 206
ULITHI 208
SETTING SAIL FOR OKINAWA 209
‘WE’RE GOING TO BE THE TARGET’ 210
‘I LOST MANY FRIENDS’ 213
TYPHOON OF STEEL-OKINAWA 215
‘MUD AND TOTAL EXTINCTION’ 217
THE CHILDREN IN THE CAVE 219
EVACUATING THE WOUNDED 220
‘YOU’VE GOT NOTHING TO WORK WITH, JIMMY.’ 224
REDEMPTION 235
UNBROKEN 235
‘A QUESTION UNTIL THE END OF TIME’ 236
BUNDLES FROM HEAVEN 242
THE VIEW FROM TOKYO BAY 244
THE REDEEMED CAPTIVE 245
‘LOST IS THE YOUTH WE KNEW’ 250
RESURRECTION 255
FINDING RANDY 255
THE VETERANS FEATURED IN THIS BOOK 260

 

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