Although volumes have been written about World War II in the Pacific, very little has been published from the perspective of individual sailors. The Navy enlisted men interviewed for this book fought in some of the fiercest battles of the war, such as Coral Sea, Midway, and the Solomon Islands campaign. Some were eyewitnesses to the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, and many were part of the island-hopping campaigns of the Southwest and Central Pacific. Others were witness to or casualties of Japanese suicide attacks, and a few saw it all, from Pearl Harbor to the surrender at Tokyo Bay. These accounts of the men who faced the horror of combat head on vividly portray naval warfare up close and personal.
This collection of oral histories chronicles the bluejacket experience in graphic detail and without pretense. It offers a rare look at the war at sea and appeals to everyone interested in military history and to general readers seeking to understand what war is really like.
Bruce M. Petty was an aviation ordnanceman aboard the Yorktown during the Vietnam War. Currently a resident of Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, he is also the author of Saipan: Oral Histories of the Pacific War.
Bruce M. Petty served for two years on the U.S.S. Yorktown during the Vietnam War. A California native, he has lived in some interesting places including the Pacific island of Saipan and Saudi Arabia. His articles and oral histories have been published in The Pacific Daily News, The Marianas Variety, Umanidat: A Journal of the Humanities and Journal of the Pacific Society. Formerly a nuclear medicine technologist, he currently writes in New Plymouth, New Zealand.