By Alex Kunevicius

After receiving his draft realize on March five, 1941, 21-year outdated Alex Kunevicius harbored goals of becoming a member of George Patton's First Armored department. as a substitute, he used to be positioned in a noncombat military Ordnance corporation and taught to fix guns, an task within which he before everything observed little glory. After Pearl Harbor, even if, he and his fellow technicians proved essential via preserving American weapons firing through the invasion of island after island within the South Pacific. during this memoir, Kunevicius recounts his studies as an ordnance guy, from the sea voyage to the Pacific Theater to years combating warmth and ailment as his unit supplied severe upkeep for attacks on Guadalcanal, the Solomon Islands, and different pursuits whereas withstanding unending air raids and shelling. His memories supply a brilliant portrait of lifestyles in the back of the traces and demonstrate the large price of aid positions to the warfare attempt.

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The army ministers kept the events interesting with talks, men singing hymns, and popular songs. The religious services were performed on deck every Saturday and Sunday. During the day smoking was allowed anywhere on the ship. At night there was no smoking on deck and no lights of any kind. The decks were dark for an obvious reason: submarines. On the third day out of Panama we crossed the equator. The news came over the ship’s loudspeaker and it was a shock to some of the guys. Apparently we were not going to Hawaii or the Philippines as some of the men thought we were.

When she turned, she was facing and standing right next to me. She did not move. I put my arms around her waist and kissed her. She kissed me back. Soon she backed away, took my hand and let me to another room. ” She placed bread and cheese on the table and opened a bottle of wine. I ate some bread and a piece of cheese and drank the wine. She spoke to me in French and added a few words in English. I am sure she knew I didn’t understand everything she said, but I thought she was getting something off her chest by talking to me.

I thought short pants on the dance floor were odd, but that was their style. We were inside the pavilion watching the dancers. I don’t remember exactly how it happened. I thought somebody tapped me on the shoulder. When I turned and looked, a very pretty young girl standing next to me said, “My name in Myra Carr. ” After our first dance I thought she would leave me, go mingle, and dance with someone else, but she didn’t. She danced with me again and again. I found I did not want to let her go. She was 18 or 20 years old, and I thought she was beautiful.

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