The Pacific War Remembered: An Oral History Collection

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In this remarkable oral history collection, thirty-three participants in the turbulent epic that began with the day of infamy at Pearl Harbor and ended with the signing of the surrender documents in Tokyo Harbor tell their stories. Their remembrances of heartbreak, frustration, heroism, hope, and triumph were collected over a period of twenty-five years by John T. Mason. Their recollections reveal perspectives and facts not included in traditional works of history. Each selection, introduced with a preface that ...
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Overview


In this remarkable oral history collection, thirty-three participants in the turbulent epic that began with the day of infamy at Pearl Harbor and ended with the signing of the surrender documents in Tokyo Harbor tell their stories. Their remembrances of heartbreak, frustration, heroism, hope, and triumph were collected over a period of twenty-five years by John T. Mason. Their recollections reveal perspectives and facts not included in traditional works of history. Each selection, introduced with a preface that places it in the context of the Pacific War, takes the reader behind the scenes to present the personal, untold stories of naval history. Included are Admiral William S. Sullivan's account of the problems involved in clearing Manila Harbor of some five hundred wrecked vessels left by the departing Japanese and Admiral Thomas C. Kinkaid's description of the communications breakdown at the Battle of Leyte Gulf. There are also the very personal recollections of humor and horror told by the unknown actors in the war: the hospital corpsman, the coxswain, and the machinist's mate. Originally published in 1986, this volume is an unusual and lasting tribute to the ingenuity and teamwork demonstrated by America's forces in the Pacific as well as a celebration of the human spirit
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781591144786
  • Publisher: Naval Institute Press
  • Publication date: 3/15/2003
  • Series: Bluejacket Books
  • Pages: 408
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.90 (d)

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John T. Mason Jr., a historian trained at Columbia, developed one of the first and most extensive, collections of oral history transcripts in the country during his 1969-1982 tenure as director of oral history at the Naval Institute.
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Table of Contents

Abbreviations
Maps
Preface
No More War Games 5
View from the USS Solace 11
War on the Horizon 17
Army Snubs Navy in the Philippines 23
The Philippines: Prelude to Departure 31
Gearing Up for Operation Bobcat 41
A PBY Meets with Destiny 55
Secret Planning for the Tokyo Raid 63
Training the Doolittle Fliers 70
Loss of the "Lady Lex" 79
The Thach Weave Is Born 93
The Thach Weave Put to the Test, and the Yorktown's Demise 98
A Zero Is Found Bottom Up in a Bog 108
Benham to the Rescue 114
The Making of a Marine on Guadalcanal 125
Coastwatchers in the Philippines 146
Condition Red on Guadalcanal, and the Shooting Down of Admiral Yamamoto 159
Assault on Tarawa and Apamama 172
Trials of the Nautilus 178
Initiation in an Attack Transport 192
A Postwar Revelation 201
Command Decisions During the Battle of the Philippine Sea 209
A High Score and a Close Call in the Philippine Sea 216
Wolf Packs on the Prowl 222
The UDTs Come of Age at Saipan 236
A Perfect Amphibious Assault 246
Communication Breakdown at the Battle for Leyte Gulf 264
Christmas in the Iowa 283
The Landing at Iwo Jima 289
Headaches at Manila Harbor 309
Cocktail Parties in the Makassar Strait 336
A Harried Host in the Missouri 345
Appendix 359
Bibliography 371
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