Voices of the Pacific (eBook)
Voices of the Pacific (eBook)
These are the stories from fifteen WWII Marines, compiled by Adam Makos and Marcus Brotherton but left unfiltered and in the words of the Marines who were there. Unflinching, brutal, and relentless, Voices of the Pacific will leave a reader gasping for air and dumbstruck in awe of the old heroes who won the Pacific war with bare hands, bayonets, and guts.
The book presents accounts of heroism and honor as told by World War II veterans Sid Phillips, R.V. Burgin, and Chuck Tatum—whose exploits were featured in the HBO mini-series The Pacific—and their Marine buddies from the legendary 1st Marine Division.
These Marines trace the action from the Pearl Harbor attack and intense boot camp training through battles with the Japanese on Guadalcanal, Cape Gloucester, Peleliu, and Okinawa, to their return home after V-J Day. With unflinching honesty, these men reveal harrowing accounts of combat with an implacable enemy, the friendships and camaraderie they found—and lost—and the aftermath of the war’s impact on their lives.
With unprecedented access to the veterans, never-before-seen photographs, and unpublished memoirs, Makos and Brotherton have forged Voices of the Pacific into an incredible historic record of American bravery and sacrifice.
About the Author
Adam Makos is a journalist, historian, and author of the New York Times bestseller A Higher Call. In his fifteen years of work in the military field, Makos has interviewed countless veterans from WWII, Korea, Vietnam, and present-day wars. He has flown a B-17 bomber and a T-38 fighter with the Air Force and was one of the few journalists to examine Air Force One with its pilots. The high point of his work occurred in 2008, when Makos traveled to Iraq to accompany the 101st Airborne and Army Special Forces in their pursuit of Al Qaeda terrorists.
Marcus Brotherton is a journalist and professional writer known internationally for his literary collaborations with high-profile public figures, humanitarians, inspirational leaders, and military personnel. He has authored or coauthored more than twenty-five books including We Who Are Alive and Remain, A Company of Heroes, and Shifty’s War, and is a coauthor of Call of Duty with Lt. Buck Compton.
Praise for Voices of the Pacific…
“True—and terrifying—stories of combat.”—Dale Dye, military advisor for Band of Brothers and The Pacific
“First-person accounts of war with the same gut-level realism as the opening scene in Saving Private Ryan.”—Bob Welch, author of Resolve
“Imagine a last conversation with your father or grandfather who fought in WWII, only this time he tells you the stories he always held back. That’s Voices of the Pacific.”—Larry Alexander, New York Times bestselling author of Biggest Brother
“An impressive array of personal stories from the nightmarish fights on islands such as Guadalcanal, Peleliu, and Iwo Jima, all delivered in a simple, poignant narrative that readers will adore.”—Ian Gardner, author of Tonight We Die as Men
“Reading Voices of the Pacific is like listening in on a conversation between war buddies at a reunion—honest, unsanitized, and deeply humbling.”—Justin Taylan, historian, founder of Pacific Wrecks