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NBC Radio's Words At War (1943-1945) was an anthology of war stories produced in cooperation with the Council on Books in Wartime.


“They Call It Pacific”

Author: Clark Lee

Aired: July 10, 1943

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“Prisoner Of The Japs”

Author: Gwen Due

Aired: August 7, 1943

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“Mother America”

Author: Carlos P. Romulo

Aired: December 14, 1943

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“The New Sun”

Author: Taro Yashima

Aired: Feb 15, 1944

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“They Call It Pacific” by Associated Press war reporter Clark Lee began running in newspapers around the country June 1, 1943. Each day, a new installment was printed. The series was Clark's telling of the events he witnessed prior to the Japanese attack on the Philippines through the fall of that island nation.


On June 4, 1943, the 200th Coast Artillery men began to appear. In that day's segment, the December 8, 1941 bombing of Clark Field:


“They were Americans belonging to the 200th New Mexico National Guard, an anti-aircraft regiment of the coast artillery which came to the Philippines in September. ...In the darkness we introduced ourselves. The sergeant was Joe Smith, the corporal, Gene Davis. There were Gene Davis's brother Dwayne, and Paul Womack, Leon Beasley, Charlie James, Sam Buse, Lieutenant Frank Forni and Lieutenant J. A. Oden, Jr.”

“We were at Clark Field yesterday,” they said.

“For God's sake tell me about it. ...”


Also See: “We Shot Down The First Japs”

Charlie James, Frank Forni and Leon Beasley
(Pre-war). Courtesy of Charlie James.