By Alex Kunevicius
After receiving his draft observe on March five, 1941, 21-year outdated Alex Kunevicius harbored desires of becoming a member of George Patton's First Armored department. in its place, he used to be positioned in a noncombat military Ordnance corporation and taught to fix guns, an task within which he first and foremost observed little glory. After Pearl Harbor, in spite of the fact that, he and his fellow technicians proved imperative through holding American weapons firing throughout 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 struggling with warmth and illness as his unit supplied serious upkeep for attacks on Guadalcanal, the Solomon Islands, and different pursuits whereas withstanding unending air raids and shelling. His reminiscences supply a bright portrait of existence in the back of the strains and show the large worth of aid positions to the conflict attempt.
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585 Raids and Counting. Memoir of an American Soldier in the Solomon Islands, 1942–1945 by Alex Kunevicius