How did you get interested in Pacific
I have been a history buff for as long as I can remember
encouraged to explore history by my parents. My father had a large collection
of books on World War II, which I read while growing up. I was given
most of these before my father passed away nearly three years ago. Diving
also drove me to focus attention on the Pacific and especially South
Pacific with its warm water and large number of wrecks that are at diveable
As I became more and more involved in researching wrecks
for various dive operators in New Guinea encouraged and aided by my
father, I sought out the men who had fought the action for interviews.
These men both here in the US and in Australia provided invaluable insight
and first hand knowledge of what occurred which in most cases goes way
beyond that contained in official reports.
These interviews greatly affect me, as many of the
men have not talked about their experiences to anyone not even their
families for nearly 60 years. I have been thanked countless times by
these men for asking about what they went through and writing it down
so others will know. The fact that anyone cares and appreciates what
they did means so much to them.
On several occasions the men told me that when sent
photos of the area they fought in taken during an expedition their grown
children expressed for the first time a deep desire to learn about what
he did in the war bringing the family closer.
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