World War II in the Pacific and Korean War Veterans
Pacific Wrecks interviews with veterans of World War II in the Pacific and the Korean War including US Army, US Army Air Force, US Air Force, US Navy, British, Civilians and Japanese.
you would like to be profiled or interviewed, contact us.
U. S. Army (USA)
Herman J. Bottcher 32nd Division fought at Buna with distinction, killed in the Philippines.
Buckner 24th Infantry Division - While stationed in Kyushu, Japan Buckner visited the wreck of
G. Bryant 43rd Division, 169th Infantry - Fighting on Russell and Rendova.
Edwin Fitchett 165th Field Artillery Battalion service in the Philippines and Japan.
Martin M. Friedman 31st Infantry Division, 155th
Infantry Regiment, Rifle company commander I - Dutch New Guinea, Philippines.
McLaughin Americal Division on Guadalcanal.
Petersen photos from Biak campaign.
A. Pounds 593rd Boat & Shore Regiment - New Guinea, Philippines & Borneo.
Sabel 350th Engineer Service Regiment at Kolombangara Island.
Seale 871st Airborne Engineers - Airfield construction in New Guinea and the Philippines.
Glenn Shankle 158th RCT at Sarmi, Noemfoor and Luzon.
Roger Sykes 491st Port Battalion - based at Oro Bay, returned to New Guinea in the 1970s.
R. Thien 201st Counter Intelligence Corps - Australia, New Guinea and the Philippines.
Jorge Torralba Filipino Memories of December 8, 1941 aid to General Kruger after liberation.
George Walden Service in Hollandia, Dutch New Guinea and the Philippines.
Watson 29th Quartermaster Regiment - Medal of Honor, posthumously 1997.
Frank Widay 892th Chemical Company service in Oro Bay, Biak, Manila using chemical weapons: phosphorous, napalm.
U. S. Army Air Force (USAAF) / U. S. Air Force (USAF)
Carlos E. Dannacher 5th AF, 35th FG, 40th FS "I may be the only guy who put a P-39 down on the Wau strip and
lived to tell about it".
Jack Heyn 5th AF, 3rd BG, photographic section. interview from Pearl Harbor
through V-J Day
Houston 5th AF, 22nd BG service in Australia, and flying
the B-26 in training and combat.
John P. Henebry 5th AF, 3rd BG C.O. nicknamed "Jock" who flew 219 combat missions
Myers 5th AF, Japan Occupation Force "part of my job was to disarm
the hundreds of planes left by the Japanese"
Smith 5th AF, 38th BG, 71st BS Kavieng and rescued by Nate Gordon
Steele T. Griswold 5th AF, 8th FG, 36th FS P-38 Lightning pilot, two credited victories
Eric Kyro 5th AF, 35th FG, 41st FS P-39 Airacobra pilot dive bombing shaggy ridge
DeBaugh 5th AF, 35th FG, 41st FS P-47 Thunderbolt pilot recollections of New Guinea and Gusap
Hilburn 5th AF, 35th FG, 41st FS recollections about war in New Guinea served
George P. Gaffney 5th AF, 35th FG, 41st FS P-47 pilot MIA March 11, 1944, crash site discovered and remains recovered
L. Fabale 5th AF, 345th BG, 501st BS B-25 pilot crash landed in jungle and escape
Victor Grimes 5th AF, 5th Bomber Command service in Australia and New Guinea
Harry Nelson 5th AF, 22nd BG 408th BS B-26 Missions to Timor and returning to search for target of
Earle W. Painter 13th Air Force, 307th BG, 371st BS B-24 ball turret gunner, Final Flight Of The "Rum
E. Smith 5th Air Force, 35th Fighter Group, 39th Fighter Squadron P-38 / P-47, 7 victory ace
Richard Oliver 5th AF, 7th BG tells the story of two crashed on the "23rd" in Hawaii and New Guinea
Ed Hambleton 5th AF, 312th BG A-20 pilot service in New Guinea and the Philippines.
Joel Thorvaldson 5th AF, 49th FG, 8th FS P-40 pilot survived crash near Lae, served in WWII, Korea and Vietnam
John O'Neill 5th AF, 49th FG P-38 Lightning eight victory ace by son John O'Neill
Godron Manuel 5th AF, 43rd BG, 64th BS bombardier shot down & rescued from behind enemy lines
Carl H. Silber 5th AF, 8th FG adjutant crashed on Hinchinbrook Island in Queensland, Australia by don Carl H. Silber, Jr.
Gustave M. Heiss 5th AF, 3rd BG B-25 pilot crew member during the daring Royce Mission by nephew Gus Breymann
Eliot R. Young 5th AF, 312th BG A-20 Havoc pilot crash landing Bountiful Island off Queensland by son Eliot R. Young, Jr.
Jose Holguin 5th AF, 43rd BG navigator shot down over Rabaul, POW, searched for his father's plane in 1980s
John Dunbar 5th AF, 35th FG, 39th FS P-38 Lightning pilot, 151 combat missions in New Guinea
Robert Giesige 5th AF, 27th Air Depot Group service record in New Guinea, Biak and Japan
English B-25 pilot MIA by great-nephew Jeff English
Edwards Park 5th AF, 35th FG, 41st FS P-39 Airacobra pilot and author of two books on his experiences
SSgt George Prezioso 5th AF, 43rd BG, 63rd BS radio operator also service with 317th TCG, 39th TCS
Richard C. Suehr 5th AF, 35th FG, 39th FS P-38 Lightning pilot two tours in New Guinea and Philippines
Grant G. Mahony 5th AF pilot in Philippines, Java, CBI
Randall B. Keator 5th AF, 20th FG and 49th FG P-40 Warhawk pilot in Philippines and New Guinea
William O. Carter, Jr. 5th AF, 348th FG, 311th FS P-47 Thunderbolt pilot flew 190 by son William O. Cotter, III
2nd Lt. Edward G. Dickey 5th AF, 475th FG, 432nd FS P-38 Lightning pilot
Nelson D. Flack, Jr. 5th AF, 49th FG, 8th FS P-40 Warhawk pilot
Eugene Salternik 5th AF, 25th Liaison Squadron L-5 pilot in New Guinea and the Philippines
Richard H. Carmichael 5th AF, 19th BG commanding officer, B-17 pilot and 462nd BG B-29 pilot
Carl G. Planck, Jr. 5th AF, 49th FG, 9th FS P-38 Lightning pilot
Edward J. Czarnecki 5th AF, 475th FG, 431st FS P-38 Lightning pilot in New Guinea, escape and evasion
U. S. Marine Corps (USMC)
Huebner 1st Marine Division, Australia, Goodenough, Finchafen, Cape Gloucester, Guad,
Coggin 1st Marines Guadalcanal recollections, friendly fire, Tenaru, raids.
Merillat Marine Correspondent, Guadalcanal journal entries and recollections
Ed Foley 1st Marines Guadalcanal Landing, Air raids combat
Bob Allan 28th Marines, Iwo Jima casualties and fighting
Buser Signal Corps, Guadalcanal recollections
Morris VMF-218 F4U Corsair pilot shot down and rescued by Catalina and reunited with
his former aircraft in 1991
Howard Fuller VMTB-131 ordnance & engineering
Schneider Battle of
Bloody Ridge September 13-14, 1942 earned Navy Cross
U. S. Navy (USN)
Gordon PBY Catalina pilot, rescued 15 airmen off Kavieng on February 11, 1944, Medal of Honor
Richter Corpsmen Guadalcanal and Cape
Gloucester with a 75mm gun
A. Mair, Jr USS Mississinewa sinking November
20, 1944 by a Kaiten submarine
Jack Clark Lunga boat pool describes actions on Guadalcanal from his diary
Don Strating USS Randolph, Japanese Kamikaze attack at Ulithi damaged
William Strong 140th CB "SeaBees" service on Pitylou and Manus recollections
Royal Navy (RN)
Robert Fraser crew member, HMS Electra who died in the sinking during the Battle of the Java Sea.
Australian Army (AIF)
Jack Wong Sue Z Force inserted behind Japanese lines on Borneo to engage in Guerrilla
warfare and report
Alan R. Gubbay Z Force Operation Cooper, Killed In Action
Thomas J. Barnes Z Force Operation Cooper, Killed In Action
Malcolm F. M. Weber Z Force Operation Cooper, Killed In Action
Spencer H. Walklate Z Force Operation Cooper, Killed In Action
Michael S. Hagger Z Force Operation Cooper, Killed In Action
John R. Chandler Z Force Operation Cooper, Killed In Action
Ronald E. Eagleton Z Force Operation Cooper, Killed In Action
E. T. Dennis Z Force, sole survivor of Operation Cooper who swam ashore
Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF)
G. Gorton pilot survived four harrowing incidents during WWII, Australian
Sir Jack Brabham No. 5 OTU post
war racing champion
Martin Clemens Guadalcanal Coastwatcher who evaded the Japanese and helped the USMC
Allan Champion Resident Magistrate, Buna who witnessed Japanese landing and assisted B-17 crew
Merle Farland Methodist Nurse assisted coastwatcher on Vella Lavella and Segi
Michael J. Leahy "Mick" New Guinea Explorer and World War II career with RAAF
Coffman Yank Photographer Drinking coffee at Pearl Harbor, Guadalcanal
and New Guinea
George Silk Combat Photographer in the Battle of Buna. Later he worked
for LIFE magazine in the United States
Imperial Japanese Navy (IJN)
Saburo Sakai Japanese Navy Zero pilot with the Tainan Kokutai. Author of "Samurai" about his wartime experiences
Tsuneo Hitsuji Shootout between H6K and B-17 Amazing account of action of combat off Guadalcanal
Zenji Abe The Bombing of Dutch Harbor
Kenji Mitsui Coastwatcher landed on Guadalcanal and evacuated
Keizo Kondo 701 Kokutai G3M2 Nell Pilot flying from Rabaul and Solomon Islands
Satoshi Yoshino Chitose Kokutai / 4th Kokutai A5M4 Claude pilot
Shigetoshi Kudo Tainan Kokutai J1N1 Irving pilot over Rabaul and the Solomon Islands
Imperial Japanese Army (IJA)
Kokichi Nishamura 144th Infantry Regiment on Kokoda Trail and Battle of Sanananda, returned to PNG to search for war dead.
Terushige Ishimoto Interpreter Rabaul, Shortlands and Guadalcanal operations
Toshio Kojima 228th Infanty Regiment killed January 1943 on Hill 27 remains discovered
Byung Mook Chang Korea-Japanese Division in New Guinea