D-Days in the Pacific With the US Coastguard - Ken Wiley

D-Days in the Pacific With the US Coastguard

By Ken Wiley

  • Release Date: 2010-02-15
  • Genre: Military
Score: 5
From 9 Ratings


Winner of the 2008 Foundation for Coast Guard History Book Award The images of soldiers and marines coming ashore on hostile shores are embedded in our collective memory of World War II. But what of the sailors who manned the landing craft, going back and forth under fire with nowhere to take cover, their craft the special targets of enemy gunners? In this book, Ken Wiley, a Coast Guardsman on an Attack Transport in the Pacific, relates the intricate, often nerve wracking story of how the United States projected its power across 6,000 miles in the teeth of fanatical Japanese resistance. Each invasion was a swirl of moving parts, from frogmen to fire support, transport mother ships to Attack Transports, the smaller Higgins boats (LCVPs), and during the last terrifying stage the courageous men who would storm the beaches. The author participated in the campaigns for the Marshall Islands, the Marianas the Philippines and Okinawa, and with a precise eye for detail relates numerous aspects of landing craft operations, such as ferrying wounded, that are often discounted. He conveys the terror and horrors of war, as well as, on occasion, the thrill, while not neglecting the humor and cameraderie of wartime life. An exciting book, full of harrowing combat action, D Days in the Pacific also provides a valuable service in expanding our knowledge of exactly how World War II’s massive amphibious operations were undertaken.


  • D-Days In The Pacific_Ken Wiley

    By Old$alt
    Loved both his attention to details in the day-to-day routine of WW-II and his readiness to add clarifying elements to help “flesh out” how the little things can be the difference between success & falling short. Started early with growing up in the country...then made a smooth to military training & service. A natural story-teller, Ken is a master of his craft. Enjoyed this book & looking forward to reading more of his work. r/ “PJ” Braun, ETCM/USN (retired)
  • First review

    By Jedric
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