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    War Stories of World War II


                  Above: Guadalcanal - the good days        Guadalcanal Diary - The good movie     Crossing the Equator with King Neptune


   List of Stories
Henderson Field  - Remembered
The USS OBannon Story
The Battle of Okinawa and the Last Day of the USS EMMONS
The Battle of the Huertgen Forest
The Gerd Horner Story
A Week in the Huertgen Forest by Hans Falkenstein   

 The Fritz Tillman Story

The Roldand Fischer Story
The Last Day of the USS DEHAVEN
The Last Day of the USS WASP
Life Aboard the Aircraft Carrier USS HOGGATT BAY CVE 75


The Last Day of the Japanese Carrier Shinano
The Army that Disappeared
Medics of Death
The Girls of Yamaguchi High March Off to War




Murphy's Law covering Rules of Combat


The Last Day of the USS TWIGGS

The Rescue of the Helena Survivors

Portrait of a Disaster

A Touching Story

The Maine Potato Incident

Combat Incidents
Stories that Perhaps Should Remain  Untold
Destroyer Squadron 21
Letter Home

About the Author


Response From Readers One

Readers Two Readers Three

Readers Four Readers Five Readers Six

The USS O'Bannon Story

 Three of the greatest pilots to fly at Henderson Field are shown below -

        Click for their Story



Here are some very competent Japanese Marines waiting for American Marines on Guadalcanal. Click for additional pictures.


This photo appeared in Life magazine in 1942 and brought the American public proof that the Japanese were not unbeatable although undoubtedly many were still not convinced.


    This horrible scene shows the actual Kaiten suicide pilots of one man submarines prior to their boarding of their individual sub. Though largely unsuccessful, they were able to sink a few supply ships.

    This wonderful piece of history shows a truck load of the best fighter pilots in the world as they were being transferred back to their barracks after a landing at Henderson Field. Life photographers get the credit for these masterpieces of history. Click for much better pictures.

    Probably the most important fighting ship of WW2 was the Fletcher class shown below.


    This group of crazy guys may not look very much like military but without them the American planes could have never made it off the ground at Henderson Field. Little honored but so very important, we salute them here.










    The above picture shows pilot J.Thach explaining how to fly his scheme of constant weaving of two or more plains to keep enemy pilots off of the tail of their planes  ....Story


    Not all carrier landings are perfect, here is one that is even less than good.


    Not all of these pictures are photos. Here is a picture drawn by a young lady in Belgium who read and liked the Maine Potato story. Below is her rendition of it.   Click for the complete story.











    You are not going to believe this but this is a photo of the actual initial Marine landing at Guadalcanal in August of 1942. Somehow a Life photographer was able to take this picture and get it published. Note the lack of motorized landing craft and the huge number of oars required to get ashore. Notice how the onlookers were able to calmly watch without any fuss or worry. A few Japanese planes could have ruined this peaceful scene. Click for a larger photo.
    This wonderful photo, again by Life photographers, is an actual picture showing a group of Marines taking a brief rest before returning to combat. Click for big picture.

    Above: A not so pleasant, but a common scene found on surrounding hospital ships in the Pacific. This kind of care was rarely available to wounded Japanese servicemen.

    All of the stories on this site are true and most are written by Ernest Herr - Combat Vet WW2

    The young couple shown below, Mr. and Mrs. Cliff  Hemstock,  are celebrating at a reunion in honor of the USS Radford. Cliff in the tradition of a true patriot, volunteered in a rescue mission and left his ship to look for survivors of the USS Helena when it was sunk.                Click for his story




    These three men probably could be credited as the most important Marines and the ones responsible for America's victory on land at Guadalcanl

    What was it like to be a sailor on an American destroyer? Well, if you check this picture, you will come up with the wrong impression since the girl shown could only be seen in these guy's dreams.
      From a reader in the Far East

      Shown at the left is the flight deck of the USS Hoggatt Bay. The author of this bit of information viewed this scene from the safety of having crossed the equator some two years earlier on the destroyer the USS O'Bannon. Naturally this was a more enviable way to make the crossing as on the prior crossing, it was I who sat with the greased head and in the seat that launched you backwards into the tank seen here.  The escort carriers proved to be extremely important in the elimination of submarines since their aircraft provided an enviable view of the ocean surface.

      Here is a picture of the PT 109 prior to it's being the title of a Hollywood movie and prior to the gentleman on the right becoming a U.S. president. Click for a larger photo.


      Another photo of the great Guadalcanal pilots but this time the center pilot is Major Gailer.  John L. Smith is at the left and Marion Carl is at the right.


      The USS Wasp was one of the first carriers to be sunk by the Japanese      Click for story

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