Voices from the Pacific War Voices from the Pacific War


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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At War in the Pacific: Personal Accounts of WWII Navy and Marine Corps Officers

More than 16 million Americans served in the military during World War II, and nearly 3 million of them spent time in the Pacific theater. Before the attack on Pearl Harbor, the United States looked to graduates of the naval academy to fill its need for qualified officers.

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Oral Histories


Manuel Garcia was born in San Pedro, California, in 1924. Both of his parents were Portuguese immigrants from Madeira Island in the Atlantic Ocean. At the age of seventeen, he was a radioman striker on board the USS Argonne (AG 31) in Hawaii when the J

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Pacific War - Over Sexed, Over Paid & Over Here Low

by Bruce M. Petty aboard Sun Princess, May 2017

Luganville Pacific War Remembered LBurrafato

Espiritu Santo--supply & support base in WWII. Narrated by Bruce M. Petty. Filmed by Leanardo Burrafato.

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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