Naval History Magazine - April 2010 Volume 24, Number 2

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'Manila John'

John Basilone was born to first-generation Italian immigrants Salvatore and Dora Basilone in Buffalo, New York, on 4 November 1916. He joined the Army in February 1936,...

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  • Contributors

     

    Colonel Joseph H. Alexander, U.S. Marine Corps (Retired), serves as chief historian on the exhibit design team for the National Museum of the Marine Corps. He has published six books, including ...

  • On Our Scope
    By Richard G. Latture, Editor-in-Chief

     

    Welcome to an extra-special Naval History. Like any magazine editor, I'm always on the lookout for topics that will engage, educate, and entertain readers. And that's especially true when it comes to subjects for our...

  • Looking Back
    By Paul Stillwell

    Things Change

    Back in the 1980s, I interviewed Rear Admiral Elliott B. Strauss. He graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1923, retired in the 1950s, and lived to be 100. For years Admiral Strauss was director of the Naval Historical...

  • In Contact

    'Battleship Sailors of the Dreadnought Era'

    (See P. Stillwell, pp. 26...

  • Naval History News

    A Future After Retirement

    Veterans of the decommissioned destroyer Arthur W. Radford (ex...

  • The 'Old Breed' Girds for Battle
    By Colonel Joseph H. Alexander, U.S. Marine Corps (Retired)
    Hastily organized as the United States geared up for conflict in the Pacific, the 1st Marine Division went on to launch four World War II amphibious campaigns against major Japanese forces, setting a standard of excellence that...
  • The Seldom-Seen Enemy
    By Edward J. Drea
    The Japanese soldier gained a World War II reputation for fight-to-the-death tenacity even though Japan's imperial army was overstretched and plagued by doctrinal and cultural shortfalls during the Pacific conflict.
  • Waging War in a Rain Forest
    By Richard B. Frank
    Cape Gloucester's forbidding jungle and oppressive weather left a more indelible impression on the 'Old Breed' Marines who battled there than did their Japanese foes.
  • Pinned Down and Wounded at Suicide Creek
    By Edwin C. Bearss
    The author, a historian emeritus of the National Park Service, was in the first wave of Marines to run up against the hidden Japanese defenses at Cape Gloucester's infamous Suicide Creek. The following recollection of that bloody...
  • A Bitter Hemorrhage of Fighting
    By Colonel Joseph H. Alexander, U.S. Marine Corps (Retired)
    At Peleliu, location of a strategically vital bomber field, the 'Old...
  • The Peleliu Death Trap
    By Eugene B. Sledge
    A renowned memoirist of Pacific war combat describes fighting in the desperate, hellish Battle of Peleliu, where...
  • The Pacific War's Biggest Battle
    By Richard B. Frank
    The campaign for Okinawa, which was characterized by misery and death for combatants and civilians alike, portended what was in store if the Allies invaded Japan.
  • Building Marines Hollywood Style
    By Captain Dale Dye, U.S. Marine Corps (Retired)
    How do you convert more than 50 film actors and extrasmany who...
  • Book Reviews
    By Lieutenant Colonel Brendan Greeley Jr., U.S. Marine Corps (Retired)

    Reflections on the Literature and Lives that Inspired HBO's New World War II Miniseries.

  • Historic Fleets
    By Robert J. Cressman

    That So Small a Vessel . . .

    As British colors snapped in the wind at the main above him, 23-year-old U.S. Navy Lieutenant Andrew Sterett inquired of the yellow-sided polacca that lay within hailing distance on 1 August 1801, what was...

  • Historic Aircraft
    By Norman Polmar, Author, Ships and Aircraft of the U.S. Fleet

    Elmer Fudd's Flying Cousin

    Late in World War II, the U.S. Navy began developing airborne early warning (AEW) aircraft, primarily to help defeat Japanese kamikaze attacks against the Pacific Fleet. The first of the new breed were carrier-...

  • Museum Report
    By Rear Admiral William J. Holland Jr., U.S. Navy (Retired)

    Preserved, But For How Long?

    Three museums celebrate Sweden's maritime...

  • An Overdue Pacific War Perspective
    By Richard B. Frank
    HBO's new miniseries The Pacific presents a grim but great portrayal of a brutal conflict.
  • The Actors' Experience in The Pacific
    What was it like to portray a Marine in HBO's new miniseries? Historian Richard Frank found out when he chatted with The Pacific's three leading actors. What follows are excerpts from their conversations.

     

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  • The Melbourne Interlude
    By Richard B. Frank

    Departure from Guadalcanal brought the 1st Marine Division to General Douglas MacArthur's Southwest Pacific Area. Initially the exhausted division was routed to Brisbane, Australia. "Don't call it a camp,...

  • The Link Between Leckie and Sledge
    By Richard B. Frank

    "We were nobodies," is Sidney Phillips' typically blunt description of where he and the other Marine enlisted men of The Pacific fit into the panorama of the Pacific war.

  • 'The Japs Kept Charging'
    By Platoon Sergeant John Basilone, USMC

    Far from the dense jungles and brutal fighting on Guadalcanal, Platoon Sergeant John Basilone sat down on 1 September 1943 for an interview with a Marine public relations captain in Washington, D.C....

  • No Pacific Paradise
    By Richard B. Frank

    Civilians and European-theater veterans thought of South Pacific island "rest areas" as enticing beaches; vivid, multi-hued blossoms amid lush, green flora and fauna; the pristine tints of a tropical...

  • The Marine's Marine
    By Colonel Jon T. Hoffman, U.S. Marine Corps Reserve (Retired)

    On 25 July 1918, a little more than a year after the United States entered World War I, Lewis B. Puller enlisted in the Marines at the age of 20. By the time he completed boot camp and graduated from officer...

  • Walking in My Father's Footsteps
    By Henry Sledge

    As a teenager, I would listen with rapt attention as my father, Eugene B. Sledge, recounted fighting the Japanese on Peleliu. I was always interested in his wartime experiences, and the thought of visiting the desolate, far-away island captivated...

  • The Peleliu Death Trap
    By Eugene B. Sledge
    A renowned memoirist of Pacific war combat describes fighting in the desperate, hellish Battle of Peleliu, where ?the whole island was a front line.'

    In September 1994, 13 years after Eugene Sledge's classic Marine war...

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  • Real Marines Behind HBO's The Pacific
    By Colonel Jon T. Hoffman, U.S. Marine Corps Reserve (Retired), Lieutenant Colonel Brendan Greeley Jr., U.S. Marine Corps (Retired) and Colonel Joseph H. Alexander, U.S. Marine Corps (Retired)

    'Manila John'

    John Basilone was born to first-generation Italian immigrants Salvatore and Dora Basilone in Buffalo, New York, on 4 November 1916. He joined the Army in February 1936, spending much of his enlistment with the 31st Infantry...

  • First Contact with the Enemy
    By Richard B. Frank
    Spearheaded by the 1st Marine Division, U.S. forces turned the tide of the Pacific war in the grueling campaign for Guadalcanal.
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    A digital edition of the April issue of Naval History is available for current USNI members to...


 
 

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