BattleFire!: Combat Stories from World War II / Edition 1

BattleFire!: Combat Stories from World War II / Edition 1

by Arthur L. Kelly
     
 

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ISBN-10: 081319010X

ISBN-13: 9780813190105

Pub. Date: 01/28/1997

Publisher: University Press of Kentucky

Pearl Harbor, December 7, 1941: High on the bridge of the USS West Virginia Sfc. Lee Ebner was looking forward to the end of his watch and a relaxed Sunday morning breakfast. But the two low-flying planes painted with rising sun insignia and bearing down on the ship had other plans for him and his fellow seamen. Ten hours later, at Clark Field in the

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Pearl Harbor, December 7, 1941: High on the bridge of the USS West Virginia Sfc. Lee Ebner was looking forward to the end of his watch and a relaxed Sunday morning breakfast. But the two low-flying planes painted with rising sun insignia and bearing down on the ship had other plans for him and his fellow seamen. Ten hours later, at Clark Field in the Philippines, Pfc. Jack Reed felt the brunt of another Japanese air attack and within weeks found himself a part of the gruesome Bataan Death March that was to claim the lives of hundred of his comrades. On another continent, four years into the war, Capt. Benjamin Butler led his exhausted company up a steep, fog-shrouded Italian mountain toward a well entrenched German defensive position. The odds against their survival were appalling, though worse was to come in the months ahead. Such were the experiences of many young men-plucked from their local communities all across America, trained for war, and hurled into the strange reality of combat thousands of miles form home. In this stunning collection of World War II oral histories, Arthur Kelly recreates the experiences of twelve young men from Kentucky who survived the seemingly unsurvivable, whether in combat or as prisoners of war.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780813190105
Publisher:
University Press of Kentucky
Publication date:
01/28/1997
Edition description:
REPRINT
Pages:
240
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.02(h) x 0.61(d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrationsix
Acknowledgmentsxi
Introduction1
1Pearl Harbor, Leyte Gulf, and Okinawa: Signalman First Class Lee Ebner, U.S. Navy4
2The Bataan Death March and Camp Cabanatuan: Corporal Field Reed Jr., Tanker, U.S. Army15
3Kamikaze Attacks in the Pacific: Lieutenant John Barrows, Aircraft Carrier Pilot, U.S. Navy36
4Monte Pantano, Monte Cassino, and Beyond: Lieutenant Colonel Benjamin Butler, Infantryman, U.S. Army52
5The Air War over Germany, and Stalag 17: Sergeant Bernell S. Heaton, B-17 Bomber Gunner, U.S. Army Air Force88
6Normandy, Holland, Bastogne, and Stalag 4B: Captain Willis P. McKee, Airborne Surgeon, U.S. Army107
7New Guinea and the Philippines: Technician Fourth Class Thomas W. Murphy, Combat Medic, U.S. Army123
8Normandy and Lorraine: Staff Sergeant Paul Mudd, Infantryman, U.S. Army138
9Depth-Charge Attacks in the Pacific: Torpedoman First Class Hanly Davis, Submariner, U.S. Navy160
10Bastogne and Germany: Technician Third Class Robert Haney, Radio Operator, U.S. Army165
11Iwo Jima: Paul and Joe Simms, U.S. Marine Corps, and Hometown Friends184
Epilogue213
Sources216
Index218

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