Voices from the Pacific War Voices from the Pacific War

About

The focus of this web site is World War II in the Pacific; World War II because I lived on the island of Saipan in the Marianas, where for five years I researched and wrote my first book, "Saipan: Oral Histories of the Pacific War" followed by three others also on the subject of the Pacific War. All four books are the product of both archival research and oral history interviews.

Since January 2004, we have lived in New Plymouth, New Zealand, where I continue to write.

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Books

Saipan: Oral Histories of the Pacific War

The battle for Saipan is remembered as one of the bloodiest battles fought in the Pacific during World War II. Visible reminders of the devastation still exist. One can find human remains scattered on the jungle floor or in caves throughout the island. 

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Oral Histories

Ray Tirey: USS LCS-54

Mr. Tirey was born in 1926, in Tulia, Texas. In 1943, about six months after he graduated from high school, he enlisted in the United States Navy. Having never seen the ocean while growing up in Texas, the navy was a natural choice for him.

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Pacific War Missing in Action

by Bruce M. Petty aboard Dawn Princess, May 2012

Latest articles

My article is featured in Warfare History Network - "Last of the Gilbert Islands Coastwatchers" where New Zealander John M. Jones recalls the perilous duty he performed during World War II and his capture by the Japanese.

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My article is featured in WWII History - "BOMBER COMMAND PATHFINDER: Oral History interview with Alan George, RNZAF"

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