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585 Raids and Counting. Memoir of an American Soldier in the by Alex Kunevicius

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By Alex Kunevicius

After receiving his draft discover on March five, 1941, 21-year outdated Alex Kunevicius harbored goals of becoming a member of George Patton's First Armored department. as an alternative, he was once put in a noncombat military Ordnance corporation and taught to fix guns, an task during which he at the beginning observed little glory. After Pearl Harbor, even if, he and his fellow technicians proved critical through maintaining American weapons firing in the course of the invasion of island after island within the South Pacific. during this memoir, Kunevicius recounts his reports as an ordnance guy, from the sea voyage to the Pacific Theater to years scuffling with warmth and affliction as his unit supplied severe upkeep for attacks on Guadalcanal, the Solomon Islands, and different pursuits whereas withstanding unending air raids and shelling. His reminiscences provide a brilliant portrait of lifestyles at the back of the strains and show the big worth of help positions to the conflict attempt.

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The trucks were uncovered. Along the way, people waved at us and we waved back. Some people with a heavy Australian 31 585 Raids and Counting Troops disembarking ship, Melbourne, Australia, February 1942. 32 3. ” They seemed very friendly and very glad to see us. After a short ride, the trucks pulled into a place that looked like the city park. We drove by some signs that read “Melbourne Zoo” and then into an open field filled with rows and rows of pyramid army tents. Several older gentlemen with large Australian hats cocked to one side were directing traffic and giving instructions to the soldiers getting out of the trucks.

Shoreline disappeared. Here and there an island would appear on one side of the ship and sometimes the other side. With the men, it became a guessing game, “What island is it? ” The ship was now sailing southwest. At times we saw small fishing or pleasure boats not too far in the distance. I often wondered why whoever was in charge of the ship did not say something about what islands we were going by or where we were or verified where we were going. Then the islands disappeared. We were in the open sea.

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. S. soldiers. She lived with her parents.

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