Inthese Personal Memoirs Lawrence F Kirby Takes The Reader With Him As He Makesthe Transformation From An Year Old High School Graduate To An Infantryscout Carrying A Submachine Gun In The Jungles Of The Pacific Islands Onlythose Who Have Served In Combat Can Understand What The Ordinary InfantryMarine Had To Endure During World War II The Author, A Three Campaign Veteran, Describes It By Telling Of Thehuman Experience The Personal, Individual Effect Of Jungle Warfare This Isnot A Story Of Tactics And Strategy It Is A Series Of Short Stories, Anaccount From One Marine S Small Corner Of The World That Depicts The Terror Andthe Tedium, The Irreverent And The Bittersweet Of Life During WartimeThereis Great Humor In Many Of These Stories But The Common Bedrock Of Fear Andbrotherhood Are The Main Themes There Are Stories About Training And MarineCorps Discipline, The Boredom And Boyish Pranks Between Battles And The Terrorand Horror Of Deep Combat Agifted Writer And Storyteller, Kirby Supplies Convincing Evidence That It Wasnot So Much A Sense Of Duty Or Loyalty To Country That Kept Men Going As It Wastheir Genuine Love For One Another, And Their Mutual Support And Inspiration Another Balls book club selection, the grandfather of one of the members is the author, and I can say a pretty good writer A memoir of his years in the Pacific front of WWII, the book chronicles his enlistment, training and service in the Marines from Boston to Omaha to California to Guam to Iwo Jima and all parts in between The personal voice is present and the motivations and reflections for that period of the author s life are heart felt and unapologetic and occasionally funny In that Kirby spends a fair amount of time parsing the war effort from his personal motivations within the fog of war I appreciated the candor about fighting for a sense of responsibility to his brothers in the service, and perseverance in the face of anything beyond duty greater than the need to win a war or destroy a foe.
Is a well-known author, some of his books are a fascination for readers like in the
- 284 pages
- STORIES FROM THE PACIFIC: THE ISLAND WAR 1942-1945
- Lawrence F. Kirby
- 16 May 2018 Lawrence F. Kirby