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.



New Zealand in the Pacific War

This book, my fourth on the subject of World War II in the Pacific, is as much about the U.S. as it is about New Zealand, due to the fact that the Pacific Theater of war was American led. This volume is broken into four parts.

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Oral Histories

Edwin Kirschenmann: One carrier and three sub tenders.

Mr. Kirschenmann was born in 1916 and raised in Acampo, California, near Lodi in the San Joaquin Valley. He dropped out of school at the age of sixteen and worked in agriculture and on agricultural machinery for the next seven years. 

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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 WWII History - "VP-16 and Operation Forager". In the opening hours of the battle of the Philippine Sea, and American patrol plane was unable to transmit the location of the Japanese fleet.

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My article is featured in Naval History - "Too young to be scared". It is estimated that around 200,000 American young men, and in some cases women, lied about their age to serve in one of the military services during World War II. Too many of them died before they were old enough to vote.

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