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Through These Portals: A Pacific War Saga | [Wayne C. MacGregor]

Through These Portals: A Pacific War Saga

This remarkably immediate memoir tells of the U.S Army's essential role in the Pacific campaigns alongside the Navy and Marine Corps. America's sons, born in the first quarter of the 20th century, were forged in the twin crucibles of the Great Depression and World War II. The values and attitudes of these mostly idealistic young males ultimately sustained them in horrific trials against incredibly courageous, and often suicidally-committed, Japanese soldiers blindly loyal to their superior officers and the Emperor.
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This remarkably immediate memoir tells of the U.S Army's essential role in the Pacific campaigns alongside the Navy and Marine Corps. America's sons, born in the first quarter of the 20th century, were forged in the twin crucibles of the Great Depression and World War II. The values and attitudes of these mostly idealistic young males ultimately sustained them in horrific trials against incredibly courageous, and often suicidally-committed, Japanese soldiers blindly loyal to their superior officers and the Emperor.

MacGregor graphically describes the dire Depression years of 1930s America, when he grew up in Spokane, Washington. He then takes listeners through a heart-felt account of the war years and the savage, face-to-face small-unit actions in the Mariana Islands, the Philippines, and Okinawa from 1944 to 1945.

©2002 Board of Regents of Washington State University (P)2014 Redwood Audiobooks

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"...[better reveals] the depths of horror that ordinary humans are forced to go through in the name of duty." (Spokesman Review)

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