HBO's The Pacific


March 25, 2010, 07:38 PM
OK...been watching The Pacific, an since my Dad fought there
as a sailor on the USS Reynolds DE42, I thought I would share
a picture. If anyone has a photo of a relative that fought in the
Pacific, please post a pic. an maybe what weapon they carried.
My Dad helped feed the 5" guns, 20mm, an depth charges.
The photo is my WWII 1942 tiger striped SA Garand an 1944
Winchester Garand....thats a Jap scarf that was takin off a shot
down pilot the my Dad help fish out of the Pacific after his destroyer
shot him down.

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Texas Gun Person
March 25, 2010, 07:45 PM
I don't see a photo?

Only relative that I know that fought was in Europe the entire time.

My great uncle. 60th Armored Infantry Battalion if I remember correct.

Same as first picture... but on the cover of a book. :) Printed in like 1993 by an unknown publisher I believe. I would have to find the book again. I can't find anything about it online besides a listing on Amazon that does not even show a picture of the cover.

March 25, 2010, 07:50 PM
Ya I hit post before I uploaded...its there now! Great picture Texas Gun Person!

March 25, 2010, 08:29 PM
This thread is not a debate on who hates The Pacific an why..Bla Bla Bla....
Get on board an give tribute to one you know that served...or walk off this
thread....thank you.

March 25, 2010, 08:48 PM
I wish I had a photo of my uncle who served as a combat engineer in the Pacific and European theaters. He earned the Purple Heart, Bronze Star, Silver Star and Distinguised Service Cross in his five years of combat. He mustered out as a master sergeant. A great soldier. May he rest in peace.

March 25, 2010, 09:32 PM
my grandfather was an army doc in the pacific from 41 till 44. i think in like 43 the ship he was on was sunk, then while in new guinea he got "jungle rot" as my dad always called it and was shipped home because it wasn't allowing him to really practice as well as if he was well rested.

some where in the family there is a bayonet he brought back that he though was japanese but my dad says it was damaged and he doesnt think it was ornate enough to be japanese. probably an odd one for an M1 according to him. ive been trying to track it down but i think my worthless druggie cousin took it and sold it.

March 25, 2010, 09:53 PM
My dad was in the Pacific, in the SeaBee's. I have a few pictures of him like this one. His assigned weapon was the BAR.

March 25, 2010, 11:10 PM
Grandfather was not in the military, but he was a POW at Wake Island. So i still think he gets a bit of the credit. =)

March 25, 2010, 11:25 PM
My uncle served as a soldier in the Pacific. I do not have any pics, and am not certain of what years he served. He told me was that that war was pure hell, and that it was brutal. The one story that he told us was that a Japanese soldier was firing at them from a tree top, and they knew he was in a tree but weren't certain which one. He said they unloaded until they saw the shooter drop to the ground.

Thanks to all vets of all wars.

March 25, 2010, 11:29 PM

To all the un-sung hero's of all wars..

I'm sure the OP will not mind along with the interesting "gun handling" with both fingers on and off triggers and most hammers down but a few that are cocked with fingers in, on, the trigger a/o guard and those with fingers out and clear of the trigger. All pointing in the same direction, but those to the left, well, it made a picture to behold.


Ps.. I'm enjoying the HBO series the Pacific very much just like the Band of Brothers series as they both give/gave one pause in reflection

March 25, 2010, 11:54 PM
It tribute to the many that fought and died I would like to bring attention and salutes to a few that I know and some that have passed. I had one brother-in-law that served in Europe, until he was wounded when he passed away at age 79 he still had fragment in his back. Second brother-in-law that served on the USS Yorktown, and a few other carriers. One that served on a Tin Can that by his account never could get in a fight, said every time they got there it was over. My neighbor that was my mentor was a dog face that carried the BAR which he said he learned to fire single shots with, then when the bad guys charged what they thought was a single man he would unload on them. A very dear friend that was on board the USS Johnson, the destroyer that took on the Japanese navy in Lete Gulf. And the one that I respect and honor about all 83 yr old U.S Marine that fought at Guadalcanal and even at his age now I would still be afraid to get on his bad side. Unfortunately I don't have HBO so I will have to wait to see the entire program later but I hope they do justice to the men and women that served in the Pacific as they did in Band of Brothers.

March 25, 2010, 11:58 PM

My dad, WWII Pacific. His ship, "USS Astoria", was sunk at Guadalcanal, Aug 1942.

March 26, 2010, 12:03 AM
my grandpa was a USMC cannon cocker with the 2nd Marines on Okinawa...his unit was one of the first in nagasaki after the bomb

my other grandpa was in the Navy in the pacific on a supply/repair ship (USS Pollux AKS-4 i believe) that according to his stories, was constantly used by the brass as a smoke screen/ decoy...thus it was constantly being his stories go, during one of the kamikazi attacks, a AA gunner was killed and my grandpa pulled him out of the gunners seat and took over, shooting down one of the kamikazi planes

according to both of my grandpas accounts, i believe the 2 of them were within a couple miles of each other at some point in the pacific...where the navy grandpa was on one of the ships supplying the island that my USMC grandpa was on

after my USMC grandpa died, i came into possession of the type 99 he brought back

i want to try to shoot it but

a) 7.7 Jap is so $$$
b) how do i know if after 60 plus years, if it is safe to fire still (pretty sure it is not a last ditch model as it has the fancy adjustable sights (minus the aircraft sights) and a spot for a cleaning rod as well as a knurled safety knob

March 26, 2010, 01:19 AM
My dad...just turned 92 was a SeaBee who landed in North Africa. He carried a M1Carbine and was part of a morter team when not welding. he was on his way across the USA going to California for deployment when the Jap war ended. As they rode the train they could hear all the bells. The war ended.

March 26, 2010, 01:51 AM
I'd like to give a shout out to the forgotten men who defended Alaska and reclaimed occupied American soil from the Empire of Japan. From the pilots who attacked the Japanese positions with PBY's to the sailors who turned back a Japanese resupply fleet twice their size at the Komandorskis, to the engineers and workers who worked at fifty and sixty below zero to pioneer an objectively impossible highway and most of all to the soldiers who fought and died in the bloody, frigid battle of Attu.

It was the only campaign fought on American soil in WWII. The first time any foreign power had landed here since the war of 1812. The conditions were some of the very worst in the war, with weather that's not only uncomfortable but lethal. And I'm writing this here in a free Alaska thanks to them.

March 26, 2010, 02:57 AM
Pic of my Father who fought in Burma in WWII; luckily he survived it. My Uncle however, wasn’t and died in a Japanese prisoner of war camp. The Pacific isn’t on over here yet but will be soon. Reviews look mixed but I’m looking forward to watching it.

Ky Larry
March 26, 2010, 08:12 AM
My mom has a picture of my step dad taken on Leyte in 1944-1945. The old man was sitting on a bank beside a road eating a can of C-Rations. In front of him, walking up the road are 2 Negritos,(Philipine natives) with a pole on their shoulders. On the pole are what look like 6 cocanuts hanging by strings. He said they were Japanese shrunk heads. Seems we paid the natives a bounty for Japanese shrunk heads. Not very P.C. in our current times, but I bet it was an effective way to eliminate and demoralize the Japanese.
I'll try to find the photo. However, Mom is 78 and her mind/memory aren't what they used to be.

March 26, 2010, 08:25 AM
Lonestar49...liked those 1911's....I was in the Army, you learn to trust your
buddies with the muzzles...ha.

Here is what we found after my Dad passed in his own words on
paper he wrote on during the war..... Francis "Bus" Chalk DE42 Just some of the many dates...


7-5 Left with 3 other destroyers an carrier Hoggoh Bay to hunt Jap subs betyween
Caroline an Mariana Islands
7-19 DE42 got its first Sub early in the morning.
7-22 Got fuel at Enewetak an supplies.
7-28 DE42 got her second Sub in the evening.
8-15 Arrived at Pearl Harbor (got 3 days in jaill for telling office of the deck
to go to hell)
8-29 Arrived at Marshall Islands
9-20 Patrolling around Palaua Island
10-9 arrived Manus(listened to world series)
10-10,11 Big explosion, tanker hit by small Jap sub in Ulithi.
12-22 200 miles east of Phillipines.


1-5 What a convoy! 18 carriers, 26 tin cans, 30 DE's, 9 Battlewagons an
15 Cruisers.
1-8 DE42 gets her first Jap plane! We are glad! Carrier planes got most, if
I'm still alive will let you know tommorrow...
1-10 I'm still here!
1-13 Got another Jap plane...that makes 2 subs an 2 planes.

March 26, 2010, 08:35 AM
My uncle (Dad's oldest brother) was a Marine at Pearl in December, '41. Fought the duration in the Pacific without a receiving scratch.

Chemistry Guy
March 26, 2010, 10:06 AM
My maternal grandfather was a navy aircraft mechanic stationed in New Zealand. His brothers were sailors, one was on the USS Devilfish submarine and the other was on an oil tanker.

A funny story:
My mother insisted that my grandfather was injured when he stepped on a bomb,(I assumed she meant landmine) but he never had a limp, and he never told me about this before he died. I asked my grandmother, and she said she remembers being very worried when he sent her a letter telling her that he had to go to the medic because he stepped on a bomb, but she could not remember any details. I finally got curious and asked my mother's oldest brother if grandpa actually stepped on a landmine. He laughed and told me that his dad actually bumped his head on a wing when loading munitions onto an airplane. So I guess my mom was right, he did get injured when he stepped (tripped) on a bomb.

March 26, 2010, 10:22 AM Pic yet, but my family members served in the Army, Navy, Marines and we we're at Pearl Harbor on 12/7. Will try and post pics.

March 26, 2010, 10:25 AM

Pre-War training. Grandpa was one of the few remaining cavalry units, mostly at the direction of Patton, according to uncles and Grandma.

March 26, 2010, 10:26 AM
Want to read a good book? Walter Lord wrote a book about the radio operators spying on Japan's naval movements down the "slot". "Coast Watchers of the Solomon Islands"

March 26, 2010, 12:22 PM
My great uncle was a waist gunner on the B17F "Heavens Above" which is now on static display at I want to say Randolf AFB in TX. Once he completed his bombing tour he was transferred to the Pacific to work on cargo planes. He never talked much about the war but would tell my dad a few stories. I still remember him telling us about the first time he saw the Me 262. He said he dropped his gun and just stared. He had never been more scared in his life. Though he did say the Fw190 was brutal.

Lee Roder
March 26, 2010, 12:40 PM
Here's my dad (navigator, US Army Air Corps 1943-1946) when he was about 20 on Okinawa

March 26, 2010, 05:22 PM
My Dad (Navy Radio Operator) was in the Pacific....

On the pole are what look like 6 cocanuts hanging by strings. He said they were Japanese shrunk heads. Seems we paid the natives a bounty for Japanese shrunk heads.

He has pictures he took with stringers of dried ears.

Va Shooter
March 26, 2010, 05:32 PM
No Pics only stories:
Lost 1 Great -Uncle in Philippines, never heard from again
2nd Great -Uncle 7 tours on sub in Pacific (killed after war in train accident)
Both Grandfathers (civilian coast watchers on Outer Banks of North Carolina with shotguns looking for Nazi Subs:eek:

I'm enjoying all these pics/stories. "ThE PACIFIC" IS VERY WELL DONE, I'll keep comments about Tom Hanks for another thread, sad.

The Lone Haranguer
March 26, 2010, 06:26 PM
My father (1919-1994) fought and was wounded on Peleliu. He did not talk about it much unless pressed for specifics. I do recall that he said his favorite weapon was the BAR. He also brought home a Japanese officer's sword, which unfortunately got lost in a move.

March 26, 2010, 06:48 PM
Grandaddy died in Jan 1991. He never told us grandkids anything about the war. He was a 1st Sgt USMC, spent some time attached to Greg "Pappy" Boyington's squadron as a Corsair mechanic, fought at Guadalcanal.
Found a lot out when one of my aunts put together a family history. Family lore has it that he volunteered for the Marines so he wouldn't get drafted into the Army.

March 26, 2010, 06:55 PM
Can`t wait for The Pacific to come to Australia. 2 months to go.
It`s not the Pacific or even Band Of Brothers, But an even earlier Movie.

My Granddads 1st Cousin, (The man I was named for,) Flying Officer Porokoru Patapu (John) Pohe was the first Maori pilot of the RAF, He was the first Maori Instructor in the RAF, He was the first Maori to fly over Germany and he was the first Maori to fly the 4 engined Halifax Bomber. He was born in Wanganui, raised in Taihape, and flew 22 missions over Germany before his reputation as "Lucky Johnny" ran out and his Halifax was shot down. After his escape from Stalag Luft III, he was recaptured 67 km away near Gorlitz, then murdered aged 22 by the two main executioners of the saga.

There is a story in the family about how Granddads older Brother was the first man killed in the Pacific theatre. He`d been training Fijians in Guard Duty, Friend or Foe Identification.

eg. 1] "halt, who goes there?"
2] Repeat step 1.
3] Overhead warning shot.
4] Repeat step 1.
5] Shoot to kill/wound/maim

Apparently one night he was doing a picket line inspection (or returning drunk from town, (depending which auntie is telling the story and who the audience is! :rolleyes:) and the Fijian on Duty went straight to step 5. No more Great-Uncle.

Really should try and confirm this story before all the people with firsthand knowledge pass on.

(Man in photo is Porokohu Patapu Pohe)

March 26, 2010, 09:37 PM
No pics, but my Uncle spent 3 years Island Hopping as he called it, was in Three Invasions, Marianas, Leytte, Okinowa, Was in the 24th Corps, He was on Okinowa when he found out his younger brother that was in the 89th "The Rolling W" was killed just about 1 month befor Germany surrendered. Dad was in the Navy in the Atlantic, Dads brother was all over Europe for 4 years. All are gone now. R I P Gentlemen


March 27, 2010, 12:16 AM
"...helped feed the 5" guns, 20mm, and depth charges..." Geezuz! Busy lad.
My da was RCEME attached to an Armoured unit. He died before I was old enough to ask him anything. One uncle in each Service, including one who was too old to go overseas. More than likely what was known as a 'Zombie' up here. The Canadian Army in Europe were entirely volunteers until very late in the War. PBI units were grossly under manned. Other troopies(AA, Arty, etc) got 2 weeks PBI training and were re-assigned. Most of 'em died, of course. All so our idiot government, of the time, wouldn't have to deal with conscription(draft) in Quebec.
Ma never understood my interest in the history of W.W. II.

March 27, 2010, 05:17 AM
Both my grandads were in.

One was an Army Air Corp military police and was stationed somewhere around India on a bomber base. He came home after a building collapsed on him during a hurricane and severely broke his leg.

My other grandad was an engineer with the Marines on several of the islands. Its hard to get info from him as he is all but deaf. He has some pics of being straffed by the Zeros.

He was injured in an artillery accident. He was walking along a small tree line and didnt know an artillery battery was on the other side. They began firing and the concussion of the blast really messed him up, hence the deafness.

My mom has been trying to get the pics for a long time. Ill ask her about them.

March 27, 2010, 08:07 AM 32...ya he was a busy lad...I think they trained a little
bit on everything, at least he learned, probably just in case someone
got killed someone else could jump least thats my opnion...the "lad"
part is so very Dad ran away from home all the time, then 3 times
he lied about his age, he was only 16, he changed his birthdate, after the
3rd time coming back the Navy recruiter gave in an said if you want to die
that bad, ok...every year he would remind us of his second birthday, I always
thought he was lying..until he got his papers out an showed me.

March 27, 2010, 09:04 AM
Nice pics, guys. Especially the one 61Chalk posted in the begining of the thread. That gun on top of the scarf has got to be the prettiest Ive ever seen. The woodgrain is like tiger stripes. Had to try not to drewl on my keyboard.

March 27, 2010, 10:19 AM
What a great thread. I'm in awe.

March 27, 2010, 11:54 AM
My Dad was on a troop transport headed to the Philippines when the war ended. One happy boat full of guy until they got there and found out there were a lot of Japanese up in the hills who hadn't gotten the word yet, so they had to find 'em and convince them the war was over and they lost.

March 27, 2010, 04:35 PM
Natural father: b.1895; served in WWI as a tank gunner--the platoon / company commander was Dwight D. Eisenhower. Did not leave the US.

Stepfather: b. 1895; served in WWI as a pilot. Flew Sopwith Camels in England, but never flew in combat.

Jim H.

rocky branch
March 27, 2010, 06:20 PM
My uncle was a Seabee on Guadalcanal and other vacation spots.

My dad toured Europe with the 506th PIR.

I did two tours SF in RVN.

Dad rear middle.

March 28, 2010, 03:25 AM
My Uncle Ollie who served on a PT Boat in the Pacific during World War II, his boat was the victim of a friendly fire event and he was blown off the stern of his boat... literally out of his shoes. He is the last living sibling from my Fathers Family. His Brother Lynn also served in the Pacific in the Army, but I know nothing of his service. According to my Dad the War totally changed him, before the War he was outgoing and very gregarious... but after the War, he was withdrawn and made his living as a migrant farm labor.

Here is a link to a story the local paper did on him last year,

We are truly losing "The Greatest Generation", they survived The Great Depression, The Dust Bowl and of course World War II. We owe them all a great debt of gratitude. Alas, the current generation does not quite measure up to the standard set by The Greatest Generation.

March 28, 2010, 03:33 AM
I have to say...Thank GOD for all.They are not honored enough.Truly the Greatest Generation.

March 28, 2010, 04:36 AM
My dad joined the Army Air Corps in 1942, and retired from the Air Force for the second time in 1969. He was initially in pilot training, but washed out due to vertigo in the instrument flying part, and never left the States during WWII. He got around a lot during the cold war, but in the course of a 25 year military career, never heard a shot fired in anger. He did see a few nukes light off, but that was pretty par for the course.

March 28, 2010, 05:29 AM
Uncle ''Hut''
Albert L. Hutson, Jr.
SMA '41 As a young second lieutenant in World War II he served with the First Armored Division in the Italian Campaign, starting with the Battle of Anzio, and participated in the liberation of Rome. During combat in the Po Valley he sustained a wound for which he received the Purple Heart. Col. Hutson served in the U.S. Army for 32 years, earning the Combat Infantryman's Badge for service in World II and Vietnam. He was awarded the Silver Star during the Vietnam War, where he served from1967 to1968 as a battalion commander and acting brigade commander of the First Air Cavalry Division. After retiring from the Army, he pursued a career as a figurative artist in San Francisco. In honor of his artistic achievements, San Francisco Mayor Frank Jordan declared his seventieth birthday, March 11, 1993, Col. Albert Hutson Day.

Travis McGee
March 28, 2010, 08:43 AM
I highly recommend Private Leckie's superb short biography "Helmet for my Pillow" about his experiences in Parris Island, Guadalcanal, Australia, New Britain and Pelilu. He is one of the main "characters" in "The Pacific" and his book is a primary source. It's under 300 pages and one of THE best war stories I have EVER read, and I have read 100s. It's in your local library gathering dust. Read it, you will be GLAD you did!

March 28, 2010, 10:33 AM
My father was a mechanic on the USS Torsk. That's the sub with the sharks teeth painted on it. His sub sank the last Japanese ship of WW II. He also endured a depth charge attack in Tokyo Harbor. Here he is when he first entered the Navy....
His Sub which is on display in Baltimore Harbor........
And at sea.............
We could be twins we look so much alike. George Norris McCauley.....May he rest in peace.

Carl N. Brown
March 28, 2010, 10:56 AM
With all the focus on Marines in The Pacific, I would like to point out that US Army was also involved.

My father joined up before Pearl Harbor, was trained in desert warfare in California, shipped out with the Sixth Army Division to fight in the jungle in New Guinea and the Phillipines, and was in hospital with gunshot wound when the war ended.

The guys in Luzon were kept there to "unwind"--they didn't call it PTSD but they did not do like in VietNam: ship troops around like so many spare parts in McNamara's Ford factory. They did realize they were human beings, and 260 days in combat on Luzon would do things to a man's head.

Dad was squad automatic rifleman. He would use a M1 Garand if a BAR was not available. He had a low opinion of the Carbine, Tommy gun and .45 pistol. If it would not shot through a coconut tree at 100 yards it was useless.

March 28, 2010, 11:36 AM
I never knew they sent Western Unions to inform of being wounded,
always thought it was when they were killed.....that had to of been
scary to open...."The Garand, turning cover into only concealment."

Carl N. Brown
March 28, 2010, 12:16 PM
IIRC, it was customary to send a person to inform of a death.

April 11, 2010, 11:09 PM
The only relative that I know of who served in the Pacific in WWII was a distant relative on my mother's side, Captain Benjamin Kysor, MD. He was a U.S. Army physician who was killed in the Phillipines by Japanese bombardment in December 1941. His death was described in a Time magazine article dated Jan. 26, 1942 (,9171,932293,00.html):

MacArthur's Army was winning medals, from infantry to the Quartermaster Corps, from artillery gunners to medical personnel. There was no monopoly by branch on spectacular heroism.

An extreme example was the deed of petite, Manila-bred Filipino Nurse Rebecca Salvación, who had to take cover in a shallow trench when her station was bombed. Other nurses were evacuated in ambulances. Somehow Nurse Salvación was left behind. So, too, was a U.S. Marine, wounded in the throat by a bomb fragment and calling for help from a nearby trench. Rebecca Salvación crawled from her trench, made it to a building, summoned an Army doctor, Captain Benjamin Kysor of Oswego, N.Y., to help.

The Marine was lugged under cover. There, while bombs rocked the building. Captain Kysor removed the fragment and coolly dressed the wound. The Marine was carried downstairs. Dr. Kysor remained behind. A few minutes later the Jap registered a direct hit on the hospital and Dr. Kysor died.

He was posthumously awarded the Distinguished Service Cross, and a battery of 155mm coastal guns was renamed Battery Kysor in his honor. It seems to be the one battery at Corregidor that is not pictured at this site on Corregidor (, but below is what I think is a representative photo of that particular piece. No pictures of the man, sorry. Never got to know him.

April 11, 2010, 11:43 PM
Both of my grandfathers were in WW2.
Both were in the Army.
My maternal gf was a truck driver in France.
My other gf was a tanker. He was on the docks in Oakland getting ready to ship to Japan for an invasion when the atomic bombs were dropped.
I thank all the above men for giving me an opportunity to live a good life.
May they all rest in peace.

April 12, 2010, 01:59 AM
My father served in the Pacific in the Army's 2nd Engineer Special Brigade. An unusual unit which was authorized to wear the same am patch as British commandos. He saw combat on New Guinea, New Britain, and the Philippines. At different times he was issued an '03, Carbine, and a Garand. He preferred the '03.

I noted on the episode tonight the Marines had Carbines with the correct early features. Makes me wonder more why they showed them with '03A3's on Guadalcanal.


Lee Roder
April 12, 2010, 01:02 PM
Question re choice of armaments (if anybody knows) -

I learned recently from a veteran my dad served with on Okinawa (the guy who taught him to ride a bike pictured in #25 in this thread) that my father was indeed "issued" a carbine, while he himself carried a machine gun. Both carried pistols.

So, was weaponry basically left to "personal preference"? How were weapons allocated/issued? I've noticed in many many pictures a wide variety of rifles, carbines and SMG;'s - sort of a mottley crew

April 12, 2010, 01:26 PM
"THE SECRETARY OF WAR DESIRES ME TO EXPRESS HIS DEEP REGRET" Lordy, I can only imagine the heart-stopping horror of seeing that in a telegram. To then be followed by "SLIGHTLY WOUNDED" would bring one a mix of emotions. Relief, then a strong, strong desire to find Gen. James Alexander Ulio and "slightly wound" him with a golf club for scaring the heck out of you.

April 12, 2010, 03:04 PM
My Maternal Grandfather was a Platoon Sgt. in the Marine Corps in the Pacific Theater (BB-45 USS Colorado). I'm actually holding his war diary as I type!

He was present for Leyte Gulf, Saipan, Kwajalein, Okinawa and the occupation of the Japanese mainland among other things.

A great man and soldier, who had as much influence in who I am today as anyone. I still miss your wisdom, Christian Augustus Barker!

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