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fire_mission_cover.jpgIn Fire Mission 42, Milton Royko recounts his experiences as a United States Marine Corps artilleryman in the South Pacific During World War II. The story traces his journey from hearing about the attack on Pearl Harbor, to the battles of New Britain, Peleliu and the invasion of Okinawa. From it, we hear first hand accounts of some of the most intense fighting in the Pacific Theater.

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Resources

This website was greatly aided by photos and articles found at various places throughout the internet, in particular, Wikimedia Commons, where many of these terrific photos were found. In gathering information, I've tried to respect all applicable copyrights. If you feel a photo or link has violated any copyright, or have any photos or information to contribute, please contact us to that you can be included in this list.

List of Resources:

Battle of New Britain:
http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_New_Britain

Peleliu:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Peleliu
Photos of Peleliu:
http://www.peleliu1944.com/photos.html

There's a really great blog entry on Peleliu by Alex Watson with present-day photos of the island here:
http://thewiredjester.co.uk/2009/04/11/thousand-yard-stares-ruins-and-gh...

Here's another: http://www.pfweb.com/plf-usmc/WorldsAway.htm

Island of Pavuvu
Photos from the Marines encamped on Pavuvu:
http://www.historylink101.com/wwII_b-w/marines/index.html

Okinawa:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Okinawa