D-Days in Pacific W/Us Coastgu [NOOK Book]

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Winner of the Foundation for 2008 Coast Guard History Book Award The images of soldiers and marines coming ashore on hostile shores are embedded in our collective memory of World War II. But what of the sailors who manned the landing craft, going back and forth under fire with nowhere to take cover, their craft the special targets of enemy gunners?

In this book, Ken Wiley, a Coast Guardsman on an Attack Transport in the Pacific, relates the ...
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D-Days in Pacific W/Us Coastgu

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Overview

Winner of the Foundation for 2008 Coast Guard History Book Award The images of soldiers and marines coming ashore on hostile shores are embedded in our collective memory of World War II. But what of the sailors who manned the landing craft, going back and forth under fire with nowhere to take cover, their craft the special targets of enemy gunners?

In this book, Ken Wiley, a Coast Guardsman on an Attack Transport in the Pacific, relates the intricate, often nerve wracking story of how the United States projected its power across 6,000 miles in the teeth of fanatical Japanese resistance. Each invasion was a swirl of moving parts, from frogmen to fire support, transport mother ships to Attack Transports, the smaller Higgins boats (LCVPs), and during the last terrifying stage the courageous men who would storm the beaches.

The author participated in the campaigns for the Marshall Islands, the Marianas the Philippines and Okinawa, and with a precise eye for detail relates numerous aspects of landing craft operations, such as ferrying wounded, that are often discounted. He conveys the terror and horrors of war, as well as, on occasion, the thrill, while not neglecting the humor and cameraderie of wartime life.

An exciting book, full of harrowing combat action, D Days in the Pacific also provides a valuable service in expanding our knowledge of exactly how World War II's massive amphibious operations were undertaken.

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Editorial Reviews

Military Illustrated(UK)
“…brings the reader close to the experiences… a real understanding of the brutal yet bonding nature of war at the sharp end.”09/2010
Military Magazine
What this book does better than most is personalize how the war is fought by teenagers with enormous responsibilities far beyond their years. Ken never glamorizes war or self aggrandizes despite a number of heroic actions in which he is personally involved...a great book...
Miniature Wargames(UK)
“…delightfully written with an engaging mix of humor, modesty, information and character sketches.”
ModelArmor.com
Despite this being first and foremost a book about war against a savage and unforgiving enemy, the book is uplifting. It's an enjoyable and thoughtful journey we have watching Ken Wiley change from a boy to a seasoned fighting man, all within the short period of just over two years.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781935149569
  • Publisher: Casemate Publishers
  • Publication date: 2/15/2010
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 5 MB

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 30, 2012

    A story that needed to be told.

    I must really thank Mr. Wiley for writing this excellent book about the Coast Guard during WWII. I served in the CG during the 70's and in the Navy in the 80's. I found his book inspiring and wish I had read it during my time in the CG. I highly recommend this book to anyone, but especially to those who serve or have served in the CG.

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