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Rod Madsen (RDU)
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Re: Battle of Midway [Re: Frank Van Haste [VKX]]
      #395061 - 08/10/14 01:17 PM

Thanks for the great review. I just ordered the book for Kindle and read the forward. I already find it hard to put down. The Battle of Midway was a key part of Naval History that we studied in detail as Midshipmen in NROTC in 1954. Many of our instructors were actually there (in the Pacific in 1942).

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B. Butler (Oregonian)
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Re: Battle of Midway [Re: Rod Madsen (RDU)]
      #395085 - 08/10/14 07:31 PM

Quote:

Many of our instructors were actually there (in the Pacific in 1942).




Yeah,

I had a high school math teacher who had been at Bataan and Cabanutuan.

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Mase Taylor
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Re: Battle of Midway [Re: B. Butler (Oregonian)]
      #395088 - 08/10/14 07:49 PM

Quote:

Quote:

Many of our instructors were actually there (in the Pacific in 1942).




Yeah,

I had a high school math teacher who had been at Bataan....




In 1968 I took a boat ride out on Manila Bay to Corregidor. It was not a formal tour, there was no guide, just me and some friends taking a boat ride and looking around.

I was stunned by the silence. It was totally quiet. The gun emplacements were still there, the aiming still set at their last firing positions. The tunnels into the interior were there. Everything was pretty much accessible. Some positions were overgrown with tropical vegetation.

I was pretty much overwhelmed by the history of it all, the preservation of everything, and the fact that nothing seemed to be guarded or restricted and anyone could just wander around and ruminate.

Edited by Mase Taylor (08/10/14 07:50 PM)


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Rod Madsen (RDU)
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Re: Battle of Midway [Re: Mase Taylor]
      #395095 - 08/10/14 09:17 PM

Well, my father was there too, but he wasn't in the Navy. He was in the Army in New Guinea and on northward with MacArthur. One time he was rescued by the Navy from an island near New Guinea (Good enough Island). After that experience he told me "Son, don't join the Army. Join the Navy. Those guys sleep between sheets and have chicken for dinner" We slept on the ground and ate whatever we could find". I took his advice.

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Ward Miller POU-NY
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Battle of Midway [Re: B. Butler (Oregonian)]
      #395098 - 08/10/14 09:49 PM

>> I had a high school math teacher who had been at Bataan . . . <<

Bill, in Japan I shared a room at the BOQ with a guy who survived the Bataan
Death March. He never talked about it, until one night we got drunk and he
unloaded. Amazing! He was maybe 5' 6" and 130#. I could never figure out
how he endured that awful 80 mile event when so many others died.


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Randy Sohn
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Re: Battle of Midway [Re: Mase Taylor]
      #395100 - 08/10/14 10:17 PM

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took a boat ride out on Manila Bay to Corregidor




Concur, my crew and I did that on one of our Manila layovers, I was particulariy impressed with the dugouts and the medic's quarters.

best, randy


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Geoff Sjostrom - Chicago
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Re: Battle of Midway [Re: B. Butler (Oregonian)]
      #395103 - 08/11/14 12:46 AM

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I had a high school math teacher who had been at Bataan and Cabanutuan.




The raid on Cabanatuan is one of the great and too little known events of American history.

For those who want to know more about it, read "Ghost Soldiers" or see the movie "The Great Raid".


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Jack E. Hammond
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Re: Battle of Midway [Re: Geoff Sjostrom - Chicago]
      #395141 - 08/12/14 05:26 AM

Dear Geoff,

I would like to see Ken Burns and PBS make a Civil War type series; only cover 12/7/1941 to 5/6/1942. This period of time during the 6 months after Pearl Harbor is not known -- by most Americans.

The main reason -- with the exception of Midway -- is hardly any books have been written about these six months. This last decade changed that:


Pearl Harbor - Has plenty of written sources.

Philippines - The authors G. Willford (Racing the Sunrise) and W. Bartsch especially when it comes to the Philippines and DEI theaters of war.

Malaysia/Singapore/Burma - These are covered by the series A Bloody Shambles. Maybe to well (all 3 volumes need a good editor).

Midway - Again, plenty of books, photos, etc.


Jack E. Hammond


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B. Butler (Oregonian)
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Re: Battle of Midway [Re: Jack E. Hammond]
      #395198 - 08/12/14 06:06 PM



Allow me to suggest also James Hornfischer's excellent Neptune's Inferno, a detailed account of the cruiser/destroyer battles around Guadalcanal in the Fall of 1942.

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Bruce Gorrell [EQY]
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Re: Battle of Midway [Re: Jack E. Hammond]
      #395207 - 08/12/14 09:16 PM

Quote:

Dear Geoff,

I would like to see Ken Burns and PBS make a Civil War type series; only cover 12/7/1941 to 5/6/1942. This period of time during the 6 months after Pearl Harbor is not known -- by most Americans.

The main reason -- with the exception of Midway -- is hardly any books have been written about these six months. This last decade changed that:


Pearl Harbor - Has plenty of written sources.

Philippines - The authors G. Willford (Racing the Sunrise) and W. Bartsch especially when it comes to the Philippines and DEI theaters of war.

Malaysia/Singapore/Burma - These are covered by the series A Bloody Shambles. Maybe to well (all 3 volumes need a good editor).

Midway - Again, plenty of books, photos, etc.


Jack E. Hammond




A must read is "Pacific Crucible" by Ian W Toll. It covers the lead-up to Pearl Harbor through the Battle of Midway. ISBN 0393068137


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