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A veteran of the war in Europe appreciates the GIs of the Pacific.

I just finished reading D-Days in the Pacific, by Donald F. Miller, an excellent book sent to me as a gift for my 87th birthday. I was a first sergeant in the 2nd Infantry Division who participated in bloody battles in France, Belgium, Germany, and Czechoslovakia. But those who served in the Pacific, not only did they go through hell but also purgatory in the battles of the Philippines, Guadalcanal, Tarawa, Saipan, Iwo-Jima, Okinawa, and the sea battles at Midway, etc. Of the two great evils--Europe and the Pacific--I was fortunate to have been sent to Europe and not to the Pacific. I tip my hat and salute the sailors, soldiers, marines, coast guard, and air force in their heroic deeds in those island-hopping battles. War is war, no matter where it is fought. Anyone who has not been in combat does not have the faintest idea how traumatic that experience is, and even after discharge from the armed forces, that trauma lasts for a long time.

You have an excellent magazine that should be read by veterans and non-veterans alike.

Harold A. Rodriguez

wartime first sergeant, 2nd Infantry Division

Anaheim, California

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Title Annotation:V-MAIL
Author:Rodriguez, Harold A.
Publication:America in WWII
Article Type:Letter to the editor
Date:Apr 1, 2007
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