Academic journal article Military Review

My Father's War: A Son's Journey

Academic journal article Military Review

My Father's War: A Son's Journey

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MY FATHER'S WAR: A Son's Journey by Peter Richmond. 263 pages. Simon & Schuster Inc., New York. 1996. $23.IHI.

Although former sports journalist and current feature writer Peter Richmond organizes his memoirs of his father's World War II service around the Pacific Island battles, readers should not expect to learn too much strategy from My Father.War Tom Richmond, who served in the Pacific as an officer in the 5th Marine Regiment, survived three major battles but died less than 20 years after the war in an airplane accident when his son was only 7 years old.

Details about the fighting at Guadalcanal, New Britain and Peleliu are interwoven with Peter Richmond's reminiscences of his own visits to the battle sites 50 years after the war. Mute reminders of combat. such as burned-out trucks and empty concrete bunkers, spur the younger Richmond's essay on the heroism of his father and the men of the Ist Marine Division as thev secured one island after another in the American drive toward Japan.

My Father's IVar is a son's journey as he tries to understand the character of a man he never really knew. From numerous interviews with men who served with his father, from Marine Corps records and histories of the Pacific battles and from his own visits to the islands, the author develops a portrait of a man who is an emblem for the American citizen who answered his country's call to duty when the world was threatened by the hegemonic aspirations of Axis leaders. …

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