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For comrade and country : oral histories of World War II veterans
Thobaben, Robert G.
Publication Information:
Jefferson, N.C. : MacFarland, [2003]

Physical Description:
x, 305 pages : portraits ; 23 cm
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Includes index.
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Ray Hill was a cook and machine gunner who survived the sinking of a PT boat by a kamikaze. German forces in the middle of the Siegfried defensive line captured Robert Corbin, a forward artillery observer officer who later escaped after 140 days of captivity. Arthur Ensley, a B-25 pilot, was shot down on his 79th mission into the Brenner Pass. He was helped by Italian partisans. Don Barrett, a Marine, was involved in three Pacific campaigns--Guadalcanal, Cape Gloucester, and Peleliu, where he was badly wounded. Fellow World War II veteran Robert G. Thobaben gathered their reports and others from men who were young soldiers in the war. This book presents 30 oral histories, 14 from the Pacific Theater and 16 from the European. In addition to describing their individual experiences, these Marine, Army, Navy and Air Forces privates, sergeants and officers also discuss such questions as why men fight, how soldiers cope, why it is important to record their stories, and what they think about the ethics of war.

Author Notes

Robert G. Thobaben is Professor Emeritus of Political Science at Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio. He was a PFC in the 111th Infantry Regiment and participated in three campaigns (the Gilbert, Marshall and Palau islands)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. vii
Prefacep. 1
Part I. The Pacific Theater of Operations
Military Timelinep. 16
Jack Hobdayp. 17
Al Allenp. 27
Don Barrettp. 34
Bob Thobabenp. 45
Frank Treadwayp. 55
Karl Rottermanp. 64
Ray Hillp. 73
Ray Spahrp. 78
Robert Pohlep. 88
Les Pretherp. 97
James Stuartp. 104
Dick Baumhardtp. 114
Gene Cantelupep. 123
Ace Elliottp. 130
Part II. The European Theater of Operations
Military Timelinep. 138
Peter Gransonp. 139
Herb Corsonp. 148
Herb Stachlerp. 159
John Thompsonp. 169
Karl Pauzarp. 178
Paul Schreiberp. 186
Louis Blankp. 194
Nick Englerp. 202
Art Ensleyp. 212
Robert Corbinp. 224
Will Frazeep. 234
Robert Flohrep. 243
Clarence Evansp. 250
Seth Furnasp. 259
Arnie Crouchp. 268
Ernest Guentherp. 276
Conclusionp. 289
Appendix A Other Veterans Interviewed in This Projectp. 291
Appendix B The Organization and Weapons of American Infantry Divisionsp. 293
Appendix C Glossary of World War II Termsp. 294
Indexp. 299