This title deals with the life and experiences of the soldiers who fought the Japanese in the jungle and elsewhere, and the specific nature of the Pacific combat environment. It follows one soldier ('Michael') from New York through his induction, assignment and training in the 165th Infantry Regiment. It takes him from draftee stage, through the 1941 maneuvers the 27th participated in, the transfer to Oahu, and into the reality of daily life and combat in the Pacific theater from 1942 to 1945, including Makin, Saipan and Okinawa. It also looks at the PTO administrative procedures for replacements, and medical and psychiatric care of the ordinary Guardsman. Whilst the focus is on one hypothetical soldier, in fully realistic timescale and experience, the generalities and experiences of the many are also examined and carefully woven into the individual narrative thread.
Robert S. Rush PhD is a retired Command Sergeant Major, who served in the US Army from 1969 to 1999. He has worked as a historian to several key policy review teams for the United States Army. He is the author of The Soldier's Guide 5th Edition as well as numerous magazine articles. His PhD focused on cohesion, morale, and operational effectiveness of US and German units in the Hurtgen Forest Fall 1944.
Introduction * Chronology 1941 to 1945 * So you've been federalized * Stateside training and maneuvers 1940-41 * Hawaii, preparation for combat (1942) * First blood, Makin (Nov 1943) * Casualties, battle and non battle - the high cost of fighting in the Pacific * Saipan (June 1944) * Living and fighting in the jungle * Okinawa (May-August 45) * The aftermath and going home * Index