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.Read more »
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.Read all books »
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 untiRead more »
by Bruce M. Petty aboard Dawn Princess, May 2012
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.
My article is featured in WWII History - "BOMBER COMMAND PATHFINDER: Oral History interview with Alan George, RNZAF"Read all articles »