By Alex Kunevicius
After receiving his draft discover on March five, 1941, 21-year outdated Alex Kunevicius harbored goals of becoming a member of George Patton's First Armored department.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 used to be put in a noncombat military Ordnance corporation and taught to fix guns, an project within which he in the beginning observed little glory. After Pearl Harbor, in spite of the fact that, he and his fellow technicians proved quintessential by means of holding American weapons firing throughout 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 scuffling with warmth and disorder as his unit supplied serious upkeep for attacks on Guadalcanal, the Solomon Islands, and different objectives whereas withstanding unending air raids and shelling. His reminiscences provide a vibrant portrait of lifestyles in the back of the traces and exhibit the big price of help positions to the warfare attempt.
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S. soldiers were standing on a street corner drinking beer out of large liter bottles. When we asked them where they got the beer, they pointed to a small store. Jim and I each got a bottle of beer. The beer was warm. I wasn’t much of a beer drinker and a liter of warm beer was more than I could handle. Some guys drank that warm beer until they got smashed and had to have their friends help them back to their camp areas. Some of the Australian eating habits were a bit different too. In a restaurant several of us ordered steaks.
Several older gentlemen with large Australian hats cocked to one side were directing trafﬁc and giving instructions to the soldiers getting out of the trucks. When our company gathered together, our ﬁrst sergeant told us to occupy the nearby row of tents, ﬁve men to a tent. Each tent’s ﬂoor was covered with eight to ten inches of straw. There was nothing else in the tent, not even bunks. The straw and our one army blanket became the bunk we slept in. At one end of the tent area, about 50 feet away, a large fenced-in outdoor shower and latrine facility was built for our use.
We were at the end of the road overlooking the most beautiful view of the entire bay. On the right side just above the road an ancient French Legionnaires’ garrison, a fort with high stone walls and a massive gate like you see in the movies, was majestically standing there ready to take on any foe coming into the bay. It was an excellent station for a cannon shot. Below the fort down to the bay, an area the size of a football ﬁeld was pretty clear of brush, perhaps used by the fort for a parade ground.
585 Raids and Counting. Memoir of an American Soldier in the Solomon Islands, 1942–1945 by Alex Kunevicius