|About the Book|
This book is really about this teenager, graduating from High School in Waterloo, Iowa, in 1943,and knowing that most likely he will soon be drafted into military service. It is a book with lots of humor,and with many personal experiences . It isMoreThis book is really about this teenager, graduating from High School in Waterloo, Iowa, in 1943,and knowing that most likely he will soon be drafted into military service. It is a book with lots of humor,and with many personal experiences . It is the story of this kids war time life in the Army starting outin the Combat Engineers, at Camp Abbot, Oregon going through basic training in this branch and thengoing overseas to the replacement camp at Oro Bay in New Guinea and waiting assignment intocombat. Being in the combat engineers is pretty serious stuff and the chances for survival are veryslim.The book takes us through more training and preparation for combat. The Buna campaign inNew Guinea, and Guadalcanal in the Solomons, were either finished or winding down, and not a prettypicture for any future combat engineer! There were constant battles and campaigns along the northerncoast of New Guinea---until the Japanese were totally defeated.On his nineteenth birthday (6/16/44) he got his orders to fly to Brisbane, Australia to joinGeneral MacArthurs headquarters (GHQ). Because he took so many courses in drafting in high school,and working in a defense plant as a draftsman after school each day during his senior year, he wasprepared to be a draftsman (map maker) and was assigned to G-3 Plans and Operations as a mapmaker. He was in this (G-3) from Brisbane to Tokyo (the entire war). This book shares many of thehundreds of happenings that this kid experienced with many GIs, and officers ranging to the five starCommanding General. It was a job of ultra top secrecy, and great responsibilities---and, veryfascinating! Even though there were tremendous demands placed upon the guys because of the kindof work they did, they also had many moments of fun and hilarity with their fellow GIs. Theyconstantly lived by the slogan of TOP SECRET.