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.



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

Bill Lewis: USS Breese and USS Latimer

Mr. Bill Lewis was born in 1919 in Esparto, California. His father was also born in Esparto where he worked all his life as a hired farmhand. After his retirement from the Navy in 1962, Mr. Lewis continued to go to sea as a merchant marine officer unti

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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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