Luck or Fate? documents Sgt Roger K. Heller's World War II experience in the Pacific, starting with his rejection for service in the U.S. Navy and his "accidental" induction into the Infantry via the Selective Service. He recalls his war experiences from 7 December 1942 through his return home in 1946, and takes us from training at Camp Roberts, CA, through Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, to Australia, New Guinea, the invasions of Leyte and Mindanao in the Philippines, to Japan, and back home to Oakland, CA. The text is richly enhanced by Professor Emeritus Heller's background in military and world history, and flavored with his own brand of humor and many personal photographs.
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About the Author
LTC Heller numbers among his awards and decorations the Combat Infantryman's Badge, the Bronze Star with Oak Leaf Clusters, the Good Conduct medal, the Presidential Unit Citation, the Meritorious Unit Citation, the American Campaign Medal, the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal, the Pacific Campaign Medal with Bronze Arrowhead and one Silver Service Star, the World War II Victory Medal, the Philippine Liberation Medal with four Bronze Stars, the Army of Occupation Medal with Japan Clasp, and the 2nd Echelon Mechanics Badge.
As a graduate student at U.C. Berkeley, he participated in Naval R.O.T.C. classes, Marine Corps Section, as an attached Army Officer.
In civilian life Mr. Heller is Professor Emeritus of Social Sciences, San Jose State University, San Jose, California. He currently resides in Ojai, CA.