By Alex Kunevicius
After receiving his draft detect on March five, 1941, 21-year previous Alex Kunevicius harbored goals of becoming a member of George Patton's First Armored department. as a substitute, he used to be put in a noncombat military Ordnance corporation and taught to fix guns, an project during which he before everything observed little glory. After Pearl Harbor, even if, he and his fellow technicians proved vital by way of conserving American weapons firing throughout the invasion of island after island within the South Pacific. during this memoir, Kunevicius recounts his stories as an ordnance guy, from the sea voyage to the Pacific Theater to years struggling with warmth and ailment as his unit supplied severe upkeep for attacks on Guadalcanal, the Solomon Islands, and different goals whereas withstanding unending air raids and shelling. His reminiscences provide a brilliant portrait of existence at the back of the strains and exhibit the big price of aid positions to the warfare attempt.
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We drove back to camp for lunch and repeated the same schedule for the afternoon work period. We drove back to camp at the end of the day. As our army poured into New Caledonia through the port of Nouméa, immediately the army units were transported by truck to the upper part of the island which the French called the Bush. For the French, going to the upper part of the island was like going to another world. Army camps were constructed along the dirt highway for the entire length of the island, about 300 miles.
Maybe that’s why he was one of my best buddies. I did most of the talking and he did most of the listening. This day he and I had a nice shady spot to sit in on deck. He told me about a movie he saw or he read somewhere about this famous artist who went to a Paciﬁc tropical island to live the easy life. He shacked up with a beautiful young native girl, drank wine, and painted pictures. He couldn’t remember his name but thought it was a true story. This guy was a lover; what a nice way to go. I assured Jim that that’s exactly what the generals had in mind for us, and made a wish, hoping that type of life would happen to both of us.
Every morning after breakfast we drove our trucks from our camp to the repair shop, about a 15 minute ride. We drove back to camp for lunch and repeated the same schedule for the afternoon work period. We drove back to camp at the end of the day. As our army poured into New Caledonia through the port of Nouméa, immediately the army units were transported by truck to the upper part of the island which the French called the Bush. For the French, going to the upper part of the island was like going to another world.