Going Back: A Navy Airman in the Pacific War

Going Back: A Navy Airman in the Pacific War

by Charles Furey
     
 

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Like millions of other young Americans in the 1930s, Charles Furey grew up surrounded by the images and memories of World War I, not knowing that he was part of a generation bred for another war. Pearl Harbor changed all that. In 1942 he enlisted in the Navy and, during the next three years, fought in a war that transformed him, the nation, and the world. From this

Overview

Like millions of other young Americans in the 1930s, Charles Furey grew up surrounded by the images and memories of World War I, not knowing that he was part of a generation bred for another war. Pearl Harbor changed all that. In 1942 he enlisted in the Navy and, during the next three years, fought in a war that transformed him, the nation, and the world. From this time Furey has fashioned a superbly written memoir that follows him from his stateside training, his service as an aircrewman on a patrol bomber, and his long recovery from a fiery plane crash all the way to his poignant homecoming.

Along with harrowing accounts of air actions over the South Pacific and grim descriptions of wounded men in hospitals, the book includes many vividly portrayed characters and is marked by remarkable insight. Readers will long remember such men as Lieutenant Morrison, the man who loved Damon Runyon and whose small gesture forged an intense camaraderie among his crew, and Murphy, the Marine whose humor helped dull the pain of Furey's wounds. Nor will they soon forget the author's reflections on the fate that history had planned for him, his friends, and all those who came of age with him, or his stunning evocation of a period of great national change—and of the time before it.

The author provides a colorful yet honest recollection of the war years, addressing such timeless themes as loyalty, humor, family, and profound loss. His memoir is sure to strike a responsive chord in readers of all ages.

Editorial Reviews

Military History of the West

“This series of recollections, like the ones that precede them, are told in a vivid yet unsentimental manner, rather than as a tale of redemption or inspiration. Furey’s memoir is a young man’s story told from an older man’s perspective and effectively conveys the petty privations, unexpected joys, and occasional horrors wars bring to those who fight them.”—Military History of the West
Booknews
The war memoir of an aviation radioman from the Pacific theatre. As a published short-story writer, the author offers a detailed and character-filled narrative of his first hand experiences during the war. The story begins in boot camp and follows the author to Hawaii, New Guinea, the Admiralty Islands, Australia, and home to the States as an injured veteran. No index. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
From the Publisher
“This series of recollections, like the ones that precede them, are told in a vivid yet unsentimental manner, rather than as a tale of redemption or inspiration. Furey’s memoir is a young man’s story told from an older man’s perspective and effectively conveys the petty privations, unexpected joys, and occasional horrors wars bring to those who fight them.” — Military History of the West

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780803269132
Publisher:
UNP - Bison Books
Publication date:
12/28/2004
Pages:
240
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.54(d)

Meet the Author

Charles Furey served in the U.S. Navy from August 1942 to September 1945. He lives in California.

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