Voices of the Pacific: Untold Stories from the Marine Heroes of World War II

Voices of the Pacific: Untold Stories from the Marine Heroes of World War II


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From the New York Times bestselling author of Spearhead and A Higher Call comes an unflinching, brutal, and relentless firsthand chronicle of United States Marine Corps’ actions in the Pacific during World War 2.

Following fifteen Marines from the Pearl Harbor attack, through battles with the Japanese, to their return home after V-J Day, Adam Makos and Marcus Brotherton have compiled an oral history of the Pacific War in the words of the men who fought on the front lines. With unflinching honesty, these Marines reveal harrowing accounts of combat with an implacable enemy, the friendships and camaraderie they found—and lost—and the aftermath of the war’s impact on their lives.

With unprecedented access to the veterans, rare photographs, and unpublished memoirs, Voices of the Pacific presents true stories of heroism as told by such World War II veterans as Sid Phillips, R. V. Burgin, and Chuck Tatum—whose exploits were featured in the HBO® miniseries, The Pacific—and their Marine buddies from the legendary 1st Marine Division.

Includes rare photos!

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780425257838
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 01/07/2014
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 416
Sales rank: 44,373
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Hailed as “a masterful storyteller” by the Associated Press, Adam Makos is the author of the New York Times bestseller A Higher Call, Spearhead, and the critically-acclaimed Devotion. Inspired by his grandfathers’ service, Adam chronicles the stories of American veterans in his trademark fusion of intense human drama and close-up military action, securing his place “in the top ranks of military writers,” according to the Los Angeles Times. In the course of his research, Adam has flown a WWII bomber, accompanied a Special Forces raid in Iraq, and journeyed into North Korea in search of an MIA American serviceman.  

Marcus Brotherton is a journalist and professional writer known internationally for his literary collaborations with high-profile public figures, humanitarians, inspirational leaders, and military personnel. He has authored or coauthored more than twenty-five books including We Who Are Alive and Remain, A Company of Heroes, and Shifty’s War, and is a coauthor of Call of Duty with Lt. Buck Compton.

Table of Contents

Faces Behind the Voices ix

Introduction xi

1 We're in It Now 1

2 Eyeball to Eyeball 15

3 The Test of Wills 42

4 Rest and Respite 68

5 The Green Inferno 89

6 Misery 125

7 The Hellhole 135

8 New Islands, New Blood 155

9 Here We Go Again 176

10 Black Smoke, White Sand 185

11 The Days of Heat and Fury 206

12 Assault Across the Bay 219

13 Into the Hills of Hell 230

14 Back to the World 244

15 Island X 252

16 The Last Island 285

17 The Land of Mud and Death 299

18 The Wasteland 313

19 The Last Mile 323

20 Coming Home 337

21 The Lives We Lived 348

22 The Last Words 370

Acknowledgments 383

Index 385

What People are Saying About This

From the Publisher

“True—and terrifying—stories of combat.”—Dale Dye, military advisor for Band of Brothers and The Pacific

“First-person accounts of war with the same gut-level realism as the opening scene in Saving Private Ryan.”—Bob Welch, author of Resolve
“Imagine a last conversation with your father or grandfather who fought in WWII, only this time he tells you the stories he always held back. That’s Voices of the Pacific.”—Larry Alexander, New York Times bestselling author of Biggest Brother

“An impressive array of personal stories from the nightmarish fights on islands such as Guadalcanal, Peleliu, and Iwo Jima, all delivered in a simple, poignant narrative that readers will adore.”—Ian Gardner, author of Tonight We Die as Men
“Reading Voices of the Pacific is like listening in on a conversation between war buddies at a reunion—honest, unsanitized, and deeply humbling.”—Justin Taylan, historian, founder of Pacific Wrecks

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Voices of the Pacific: Untold Stories from the Marine Heroes of World War II 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 23 reviews.
Pete_Scott More than 1 year ago
Think of the incredible battles and warriors throughout time, Caesar's legionnaires, the crusaders, even the Minutemen patriots - what if you could hear stories from those men who fought shoulder to shoulder? 200 years from now people will say the same thing about the Marines of WWII. And when they do, people will turn to this book. “Voices of the Pacific” allowed 15 veterans to speak, men who shared the same foxholes, and saw the same horrors from Guadalcanal to Okinawa. We are lucky that journalism is what it is today and that Makos and Brotherton recorded these stories. I highly recommend this book to anyone wants to know what the war in the Pacific was really like, as compared to Hollywood’s versions. Plus, it’s just plain inspiring to discover how these brave Marines overcame everything that was thrown at them!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is the best book of the Pacific War I have read. It comes directly from those guys that lived it day in and day out. It was especially moving form me as my Uncle John Rivers was killed in the battle of Tenaru and he is mentioned quite a bit in the book by the guys that fought there. Since he was killed before I was born, reading about him has brought me closer to him. My dad always told me I was named after him, hence the name John. John has become our family hero coming from such a sad background being raised in an orphanage, but making something out of his life by becoming a golden gloves boxer before enlisting in the Marines. I highly recommend this book you ever wanted t know what it was like to fight in the Pacific during WWII. Great book Adam and thanks for getting me in touch with some of the guys that served with my uncle. I now feel like I really know him and the type of guy he was and is.
BobBliss More than 1 year ago
As I read along I found the myself recalling my own years of experiences from my reasons for enlisting into the Corps, the endless training, going into combat in VietNam for the first time, and aftwards. The years between myself and these men seem to disappear into common experiences. I think any Marine will be able to relate to these "grunts". These are the men who served with those who have already written down their personal stories. They fill-in the blanks with their memories of that moment when Eugene Sledge first went into combat on Peleliu. I found that their honesty in telling their part of what really happened helpful in understanding the common bond we (Marines) share with each other. The name of the conflict changes, but the reason we "step-up to it doesn't. An excellent book!
27carollou More than 1 year ago
A truly riveting account of World War II in the Pacific. It touches the reader so deeply about a part of our history that should never be forgotten. I highly recommend it for anyone interested in World War II and obtaining a true picture of that time. Mr. Makos is a very gifted writer in every sense of the word in bringing to us the words and actions of these brave military personnel that actually took part in this theater of action. Thank you.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Riveting! Could not put the book down! Tells the story of what our Marines went thru in the Pacific during WWII! I liked it was in their own voices! Hard to imagine anyone going thru what they did!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I just finished 'Voices' and enjoyed the book very much. It was not another 'Higher Call' but was very enlightening. We have heard the stories behind the heroes with names like Puller and Basilone. This was the stories of the heroes behind the heroes. History tells us where, when and sometimes why battles were fought. 'Voices' gives us how they survived the battles. I found the stories of how they survived between the battles even more telling of what those young men had to endure when not on the front lines. Thank you to all the veterans for what you did and what you dealt with. Bob
Lone_Ranger More than 1 year ago
If you are looking for a book on the details of the Pacific battles from WWII, like Iwo Jima, Okinawa, Peleliu, then this is NOT the book for you, but if want the horrors and sights that our Men faced then by all means get this book. All the marines that contributed in this book were alive at the time of publication, there is a chapter included that has their thoughts of today title "The Last Words". Another one is the telling of John Basilone's death in the battle of Iwo Jima.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Thanks to Voices of the Pacific I discovered new heroes who live among us, men we can still meet on veterans day at a parade or at the VFW and we can have them meet our kids and shake their hands. Great Americans are around us, but not for long! This book provided a great reminder of the examples we need during these troubling times.
Castellid More than 1 year ago
A great read. These are the stories our grandfathers never told us, about World War II. Raw, uncensored, horrific tales, true stories, told by the men who were there. Thanks to these World War II heroes, for re-living their history, baring their souls, and sharing their personal hells, one last time, their voices have been heard, and their stories will not be lost or forgotten.
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Recommend to friends
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
it was amazing
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very worthy read, well edited and sequenced. WW II readers will recognize a lot of the names, both of the story teller and their fellow Marines such as Basilone, Leckie, Sledge, Sidney Phillips and more.
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greg233 More than 1 year ago
This is a great book for all to read as it covers several different Marines stories as they fought their way through the Pacific Islands. As a Marine that served a long time ago 52-56 it brought back many memories of the Corp. Good book. Semper Fi to all.
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This book is th best ive ever read
JRMSC More than 1 year ago
When I first began reading I thought I had made a mistake by buying it. After a few pages I changed my mind completely. I was a war baby born in August 1942 and have always be "into" those years. The war, music, dress, etc. I guess you could call me a student of WWII. This book was written like none of the dozens of Nook books stored on my Nook and tablet. All of the many Marines/G.I.'s who are interviewed give their impressions of the same battle, training, traveling, etc. in the same chapter. When reading books written by different first person authors you never see them very often telling what they saw or did on the same page. You would have to move from book to book to see that. This book shows all, tells all action by action on the same page and chapter. Very well written.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Marines tell it in a matter of fact way.
Mamarhodes More than 1 year ago
Just finished reading this book and i couldn't put it down. I'm a WWII history addict and have read hundreds of books , and watched countless movies on this subject and there's no way you can capture what these brave patriots of our country went through both physically and emotionally. This book puts you there! This book has you feeling the heat, sweat, and fears! I loved the series'The Pacific' diredted by Tom Hanks , and felt it was the last word on the war in the pacific, I was wrong! You can't go wrong with this masterpiece
KenKapcha More than 1 year ago
This book just arrived and I wanted to post a review early. I just started reading this book and I love how it was written from the veterans own experiences. As I was in the Army in the early Seventy’s I can relate to the basic training stories. This book is hard to put down. I highly recommend it. Adam Makos is a great writer; I know you will enjoy it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My father is Jim Young. And I just wanted to thank Adam and Marcus for creating this riveting book about the hell these heroes went through in the South Pacific. Its like there sitting right there with you telling these stories to you as if it happened yesterday. This is a book you will want to share with the whole family. Mark Young