By Alex Kunevicius
After receiving his draft become aware of on March five, 1941, 21-year outdated Alex Kunevicius harbored desires of becoming a member of George Patton's First Armored department. as an alternative, he used to be put in a noncombat military Ordnance corporation and taught to fix guns, an project within which he at first observed little glory. After Pearl Harbor, although, he and his fellow technicians proved integral by way of maintaining American weapons firing through the invasion of island after island within the South Pacific. during this memoir, Kunevicius recounts his studies as an ordnance guy, from the sea voyage to the Pacific Theater to years battling warmth and disorder as his unit supplied serious upkeep for attacks on Guadalcanal, the Solomon Islands, and different ambitions whereas withstanding never-ending air raids and shelling. His memories supply a bright portrait of existence at the back of the traces and display the large worth of aid positions to the battle attempt.
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With ropes the crewmen pulled the 25 585 Raids and Counting barge next to the ship and the two were separated only by the barge’s protective soft barriers. Large hoses appeared between the barge and the ship and the fueling began. Almost immediately the bay ﬁlled with small canoes. Young native men and boys jumped into the water waving their arms and asking the men on the ship for coins. The men started to throw nickels, dimes and quarters into the water and the natives were swimming like ﬁsh diving for the coins.
Some of the guys started missing breakfast and even the second meal of the day. The weather did not change much, it was warm but it became windy. Lieutenant Ben Rabin, who pledged to pull duty in the crow’s nest for the entire trip, came down one day and never went up there again. I felt very lucky that the waves did not bother me at all. I considered myself an experienced sea-going man because of my four previous trips across the Atlantic. My last trip from Amsterdam to New York took 14 days. It was December and the Atlantic Ocean was very rough.
She tempted me, shower and all. Women have a way with men, and Jean used well her God-given charm. What man can resist? From our campsite and our in town shop we watched troop ships, cargo ships, and navy destroyers entering the Nouméa harbor. The dock areas were used day and night around the clock. Army trucks big and small ﬁlled the streets. There were no trafﬁc signals. Driving or walking on the streets you were on your own. The open stores were overrun by soldiers and sailors. Wine, the most sought after product, jumped from a few French francs to several dollars a bottle, if you could ﬁnd it.
585 Raids and Counting. Memoir of an American Soldier in the Solomon Islands, 1942–1945 by Alex Kunevicius