Many of us are currently watching HBO’s miniseries “The Pacific”,   which portrays the experiences of many United States Marine Corps veterans who served in the Pacific during the Second World War.   We rarely stop to think of the sacrifices made by the men and women who served in the armed forces during the Second World War and how different our lives would be, had the Allies not won the war. 

Most Americans are well aware of what happened in the European Theater, but are much less familiar with what happened in the Pacific Theater.   Names of islands important in the Pacific Theater are often unfamiliar to us – Peleliu, Kwajalein, Bougainville, Tinian,   to mention a few.    

Your Alameda County Library has many books relating to the Pacific Theater during the Second World War.   I myself will be reading many of them.  Among those books written by Marines portrayed in the HBO series are: 

With the Old Breed at Peleliu and Okinawa / E.B. Sledge ; [with a new introduction by Victor Davis Hanson] / New York : Presidio Press, 2007                                                                      940.54252 SLEDGE

Helmet for my pillow : from Parris Island to the Pacific, a young Marine’s stirring account of combat in World War II / Robert Leckie     New York : Bantam, 2010                           B LECKIE,R

Islands of the damned : a Marine at war in the Pacific / R.V. Burgin ; with Bill Marvel  New York : NAL Caliber, c2010                                                                                                                          B BURGIN,R

I’m staying with my boys : the heroic life of Sgt. John Basilone, USMC / Jim Proser with Jerry Cutter    New York : St. Martin’s Griffin, c2010                                                                    B BASILONE,J

Some DVDs relating the the Pacific Theater during World War II are: 

Remember Pearl Harbor [videorecording] : America taken by surprise   Chicago : IVN/Questar, c2001                       DVD 940.5426 REMEMBER

Uncommon valor : the story of the U.S. Marines in WWII. Disc 1, Guam, Midway, Guadalcanal, Bougainville, Rabaul [videorecording] / Dastar presents a Timeless Media Group production ; written and directed by the executive producer Bill Karn      Eugene, OR : distributed by Timeless Media Group, c2006       DVD 940.5426 UNCOMMON

Uncommon valor : the story of the U.S. Marines in WWII. Disc 2, Saipan, Tinian, Peleliu, Iwo Jima, Okinawa [videorecording] / Dastar presents a Timeless Media Group production ; written and directed by the executive producer Bill Karn     Eugene, OR : distributed by Timeless Media Group, c2006      DVD 940.5426 UNCOMMON

WWII, the lost color archives [videorecording] / produced by Carlton Television and Champion Television for A&E Television Networks ; executive producers: Alastair Waddington, Martin Smith ; producers: Alastair Laurence, Lucy Carter     New York : A&E Television Networks/The History Channel : distributed in the US by New Video Group, c1999                                                                                                               DVD 940.54 WORLD  v.1&2

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