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By Robert Rush, Elizabeth Sharp

This identify bargains with the reports of the yankee squaddies who fought the japanese around the Pacific islands, and the categorical nature of this wrestle setting. It follows a hypothetical soldier, ‘Michael’, via his enlistment into and coaching with the one hundred and sixty fifth Infantry Regiment (New York nationwide Guard). It takes him during the 1941 maneuvers the twenty seventh Infantry department participated in, the move to Oahu, and into the truth of lifestyle and strive against within the Pacific theater from 1942 to 1945, together with Makin, Saipan and Okinawa. It additionally seems on the PTO administrative approaches for replacements, and clinical and psychiatric care of the standard soldier. while the focal point is on one person, the stories of the numerous are tested and woven into an tricky and meticulous narrative.

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What remained of the squad fell back to the location of the wounded man who had not been evacuated and could go no farther because of the heavy fire. Suddenly one of the men jumped up and bounded over and down the ridge in the direction of C Company, with rifle fire following him. He was still on his feet when he disappeared from view. 47 A few moments later the platoon guide appeared with two soldiers to help drag Michael and the other wounded to safety, and then went back and provided covering fire for the remainder of the squad to withdraw.

Several soldiers threw smoke into the ravine, and while the Japanese fired blindly, the men crossed the ravine in pairs. But once they crossed the gulch they were on their own. The walls were too steep for any vehicles to cross. Forming on the hill on the other side, the infantrymen continued forward until the company was on a grass-covered, treeless hill just east of Gusukuma. Without tank support, heavy fire pinned them down, and as it was growing late in the day, they began digging in for the night.

The posthumous awards to soldiers brought back bitter memories. Of the 42 Silver Star and Bronze Star medals awarded members of Michael’s company for Saipan, 15 were posthumous. In early March, there was a final ceremony where the 165th’s three battalions received the Combat Battalion Infantry Streamer, signifying that 65 percent of the battalions were recipients of the Combat Infantryman Badge. On March 19, in the midst of a driving rain, Michael and the others boarded the USS Missoula for landing exercises at Turtle Bay and travel to Okinawa.

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