By Alex Kunevicius
After receiving his draft realize on March five, 1941, 21-year outdated Alex Kunevicius harbored goals of becoming a member of George Patton's First Armored department. in its place, he was once positioned in a noncombat military Ordnance corporation and taught to fix guns, an task within which he at first observed little glory. After Pearl Harbor, notwithstanding, he and his fellow technicians proved critical through maintaining American weapons firing throughout the invasion of island after island within the South Pacific. during this memoir, Kunevicius recounts his reviews as an ordnance guy, from the sea voyage to the Pacific Theater to years combating warmth and sickness as his unit supplied severe upkeep for attacks on Guadalcanal, the Solomon Islands, and different ambitions whereas withstanding never-ending air raids and shelling. His reminiscences supply a bright portrait of existence in the back of the strains and demonstrate the large worth of aid positions to the warfare attempt.
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Ralph said, “Maybe next time. ” For me next time never came. After every inspection trip I had to report to Lieutenant Ben Rabin and give him a pretty thorough account on all we did. What regiment or company did we see, how did we do, what parts did we use and did we keep count, did we ﬁnish the job and did we have any problems? Lieutenant Rabin was my favorite ofﬁcer. He treated me like a younger brother. I thought he gave me more credit for knowing guns and doing my job than I deserved. He told me a request had been made by the gen48 4.
The sun was hot; the men ﬁlled the upper decks. Men on small boats and tugs were waving at us from shore and we leaned over the ship’s railings to wave back. ” everyone wanted to know. As if with the answer to the question, the ship’s loudspeaker came on with a message, “We are now on the Atlantic side of the entrance to the Panama Canal. The Panama Canal is a ship canal that joins the Atlantic Ocean to the Paciﬁc Ocean. To get to the Paciﬁc side of the canal we will travel through the Gatun Locks, the Gatun Lake, the Madden Lake and the Miraﬂores locks.
Reluctantly everybody slept in their bunks with their clothes and shoes on. I tried to get comfortable in my bunk and I was having a hard time trying to sleep. M. it happened to me. I woke up in a panic. My stomach was telling me I wasn’t going to make it to the john. I jumped out of my bunk and ran towards the latrine. There was a trafﬁc jam. Guys from all directions were running to the same place: the men’s room. When I got there, there was a long line of men 29 585 Raids and Counting ahead of me.