For Comrade and Country

Oral Histories of World War II Veterans

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About the Book

Ray Hill was a cook and machine gunner who survived the sinking of a PT boat by a kamikaze. German forces in the middle of the Siegfried defensive line captured Robert Corbin, a forward artillery observer officer who later escaped after 140 days of captivity. Arthur Ensley, a B–25 pilot, was shot down on his 79th mission into the Brenner Pass. He was helped by Italian partisans. Don Barrett, a Marine, was involved in three Pacific campaigns—Guadalcanal, Cape Gloucester, and Peleliu, where he was badly wounded.
Fellow World War II veteran Robert G. Thobaben gathered their reports and others from men who were young soldiers in the war. This book presents 30 oral histories, 14 from the Pacific Theater and 16 from the European.
In addition to describing their individual experiences, these Marine, Army, Navy and Air Forces privates, sergeants and officers also discuss such questions as why men fight, how soldiers cope, why it is important to record their stories, and what they think about the ethics of war.

About the Author(s)

Robert G. Thobaben is a professor emeritus of Political Science at Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio. He was a PFC in the 111th Infantry Regiment and participated in three campaigns (the Gilbert, Marshall and Palau Islands).

Bibliographic Details

Edited by Robert G. Thobaben
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Pages: 315
Bibliographic Info: photos, appendices, glossary, index
Copyright Date: 2003
pISBN: 978-0-7864-1396-6
eISBN: 978-0-7864-8200-9
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments     vii
Preface     1
Part I: The Pacific Theater of Operations     16
Part II: The European Theater of Operations     138
Conclusion      289
Appendix A: Other Veterans Interviewed in This Project     291
Appendix B: The Organization and Weapons of American Infantry Divisions     293
Appendix C: Glossary of World War II Terms     294
Index     299

Book Reviews & Awards

“gives insight into wartime experiences”—Catholic Library World; “nice…leaves a legacy”—Colorado Libraries.