4:03 | Exhausted after three days of hard fighting on Peleliu with multiple wounds, Frank Pomroy finds himself separated from his unit. He runs into a Japanese patrol and then is almost killed by his own men.
Frank Pomroy recounts his exploits upon arriving at Guadalcanal on the USS George F. Elliot, his numerous brushes with death on that ship, and witnessing firsthand the Allied defeat at the Battle of Savo Island.
In the marshes of Peleliu, Frank Pomroy has a face to face encounter with a Japanese soldier where neither man comes out unscathed.
Frank Pomroy recalls having to leave his commanding officer, Lt. Fournier, behind, to hold a position by himself, as Frank tries to escape with a badly wounded leg.
After the severe damage to the USS George F. Elliot, Frank Pomroy and a few other men try to survive in the shark infested waters of the South Pacific.
On October 13, 1942, Frank Pomroy and his unit try to survive a Japanese bombing run on an airport on the island of Guadalcanal.
Frank Pomroy recounts the injury of friend and fellow Marine, Ben Coffee, while in combat on Peleliu.
On Peleliu, Frank Pomroy gets into combat with Japanese troops in the dead of night in the Battle of Coffin Corner.
Frank Pomroy recalls the landing at Peleliu from the prep to the landing on the sandy beaches where Frank and a fellow Marine tried desperately to stay alive.
Frank Pomroy recalls how a fellow Marine is seriously injured by friendly fire.
Frank Pomroy tells the "sinful little story" about how he joined the Marine Corps in 1941.
Frank Pomroy describes how the Battle of Savo Island was the Navy's greatest defeat during World War II due primarily to Japan's night-fighting superiority.
Aside from the fronts in Europe and the Pacific during World War II, Frank Pomroy contends that there was actually a third war going on at the time with General MacArthur.
After fighting at Guadalcanal and arriving at Cape Gloucester, Frank Pomroy describes the Battle of Coffin Corner, which resulted in the loss of a close friend.
Frank Pomroy remembers being part of the first wave onto the island of Peleliu and coming face to face with a Japanese soldier during a banzai charge.
Frank Pomroy recalls a memorable experience with legendary Marine officer Chesty Puller on the island of Pelelieu.
While fighting Japanese forces on the island of Pelelieu, Frank Pomroy remembers trying to save a fellow soldier who had been hit by friendly artillery.
The first operation for the 4th Division was the landing on Roi-Namur. Lawrence Snowden remembers that, though it was an easy victory, valuable combat experience and important lessons were imparted on the Marines.
After a nerve-wracking mission to bomb Tokyo and a typhoon, B.E. Vaughn and the destroyer O'Brien suffered a second kamikaze attack which killed all three of his hometown pals who served with him on board. Then, began the grim task of collecting the personal belongings of the dead and preparing them for burial at sea.
While aboard the USS New Jersey during World War II, Ed Bean remarks about how each naval ship had a camera crew tasked with documenting battles and other important events. One of the cameramen was Eddie Albert, who would later star in the television show Green Acres.
While anchored in Ulithi Atoll, Ed Bean remembers his ship being hit by an unexploded shell. The shell penetrated the main deck and went several decks down, narrowly missing one Sailor and striking one of Bean's friends, Robert Clowers, who survived the encounter. Bean recalls catching up with Clowers later in life.
Besides making supply runs to nearby islands, Bill Jackson describes how his unit was involved in gaining intelligence while stationed on Bougainville Island, specifically regarding the invasion of the Philippines.
Bill Jackson remembers a flight from Bougainville Island to the Philippines where his unarmed Douglas C-47 transport aircraft became a "sitting duck" for a Japanese fighter. Through a clever flight maneuver, however, the transport aircraft managed to escape.
When the harbor at Leyte was loaded with ships, Japanese kamikaze pilots started flying in. The enemy pilots were near impossible to hit, so there was no way to stop them. Levin even witnessed an Australian transport ship fall victim to the kamikazes.
After witnessing the Pearl Harbor attack, Bill Braddock volunteered for the Marine paratroopers and spent time untangling himself from the Wait-A-Minute vines of Bougainville. But he soon found himself back in San Diego, training for a new assault force and handling a new machine gun.
While stationed on Bougainville Island, Bill Jackson remembers a night when 72 Japanese troops attempted to infiltrate his camp. He grabbed the first thing he could, his bayonet, and chased after one Japanese soldier. He also describes how some U.S. service members would act as natives on the island to gather information against the Japanese.
After 3-4 months on the Admiralty Islands, Levin and a massive convoy of ships bombarded the beaches of Leyte. The sky was ablaze with explosions, and Levin and his men did their best to secure the beaches and bring in the LST’s and LCI’s.
Bill Jackson recalls how they were helped by locals while stationed on the island of Bougainville, including a plantation owner who would call in Japanese-related intelligence on his radio, and other locals who would keep U.S. troops fed in between supply deliveries.
The night before leaving for the bombardment of Tarakan, Levin’s beach master Danny Meyers had a bit too much to drink. Meyers came into the barracks claiming that their troop had invaded Halmahera. Levin thought nothing of it and told Meyers to go to bed. The next morning, Meyers had a meeting with the Commanding Officer of the beach.
He didn't get the triumphant parade down Broadway that he dreamed of, but Andy Flock was still glad to be home. The news of the Atomic Bomb was nice, but he still had orders to report to Camp Cook. Some MP's needed their dishes washed.