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.
After ten months of combat in Europe, Andy Andrews was on a ship headed for the Pacific when word came of the atomic bomb blasts and the ship turned and made for New York. He was moved by the huge turnout and headed for the telephones set up for the retuning heroes to call home.
As Al Brown's unit moved North from Italy into the Rhone Valley, the Germans fought very skillful delaying actions. Digging in near Belmont, France, he noticed an officer and a radio operator casually sitting in the open. Before long, they were all running.
After coming ashore at Normandy, Andy Andrews made his way across France with an eight man machine gun squad that included his good friend Jesse Beaver. They were mopping up the German delaying actions and receiving the gratitude of liberated civilians, thanks to Gen. Bradley's fateful decision during the early part of the invasion.
After a mission, Mitch Touart and his crew notice that one of the planes has gone missing, only to find out that it has crashed into an embankment. COL Dunning ends up having to make a tragic decision about SGT Edelman, who is trapped in the aircraft.
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.
Gilbert Jensen had a best friend named Billy Ricketts. The war caught up with their friendship on a three man patrol in the jungle of Guadalcanal. Other combat memories from this time include a night attack on a Japanese camp and nighttime Japanese banzai attacks.
Eugene Whitfield tells the story of the twin kamikaze attacks on the aircraft carrier Ticonderoga. The first plane caught them by surprise when the Japanese pilot came straight down out of the sun. The second one hit the bridge and the captain was wounded, but he proved to be very tough.
His last duty in Europe was guarding a truck repair operation in Austria. Andy Staruch was responsible for going to Czechoslovakia with a pile of invasion scrip to bring back a load of safety glass. Finally released, he headed home to rejoin a successful business he had been in before the war.
In the Army, he'd been a typist, a mess boy, a cook and a Ration Corporal. But then Andy Flock was told he had a high IQ and off he went to the University of Utah. It was only a few months, though, before he found himself in the guardhouse and busted to buck Private through a couple of strange turns of events.
The first encounter with death was less striking to Andy Flock than the absurd aspects of the war, like invasion scrip and non-fraternization. He recalls his youth in the Bronx as he explains why he never liked the police, and by extension, the MP's.
Ed Benson remembers his most frightening experience during World War II. Passing the Rock of Gibraltar in June of 1944, while heading back towards the United States at the end of his deployment, a squadron of German dive bombers attacked his ship.
He'd been busted from Sergeant down to buck Private, so the PFC stripe he got in France didn't excite Andy Flock very much. He was only a tank gunner, but proved very valuable as the unit's translator. In every German town, his first job was to find the Burgermeister and tell him to gather up everyone's guns.
Shortly after shipping out from the United States and arriving in Algiers in late 1942, Ed Benson experienced his first Luftwaffe bombing attack. This shocking introduction to war left him so distraught he forgot to perform an important task in the aftermath.
It was a silly injury. As Alvin Waldron jumped over and into a hatch to slide down the ladder, he caught his foot and went tumbling down, banging his head and knee. After a day he felt fine, but like so many others with minor wartime injuries, years later that knee started barking.
After Pearl Harbor, Bronx kid Andy Flock just wanted to be the guy who slogs through the mud. But they found out he could type, so instead of going to basic training, he went to Governor's island to begin his Army career. Next stop, cooking school.
The massive preparations and staging for the Normandy Invasion are vividly recalled by Andy Andrews. As his unit came up from below deck to board the landing craft, he heard the Beachmaster on the radio describe the chaos and destruction that awaited them on the beach.
Every single boy who graduated from high school in 1943 with Andy Andrews went into the military. Andy details his basic training, his "exciting" Atlantic crossing, and the intensified training in England where the religious boy who didn't want to kill anyone learned how to slit a throat quietly.
Hill 232 was probably his worst battle. 35 Americans held off 250 Germans and when the smoke cleared, only 5 Yanks were still alive. Andy Andrews was one of those and he thought it was over when he saw a German rise up and throw a grenade at him. Remarkably, they were soon friends.