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Pacific War Diary, 1942-1945

4.03  ·  Rating Details  ·  79 Ratings  ·  11 Reviews
This is the World War II diary of an American sailor, an ordinary seaman who, against all military regulations, recorded his impressions and daily war experiences on scraps of paper. After the war, he returned to his civilian job as a dustcart driver in Massachusetts, but achieved fame when his book was published in 1963. He donated his royalties to the building of a cathe ...more
Paperback, 404 pages
Published October 7th 1992 by Mariner Books (first published September 1st 1963)
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Rolf Kirby
May 25, 2016 Rolf Kirby rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It is remarkable the severity of conditions US Navy sailors faced in WW II in the Pacific Theater. The inescapable sauna level heat and humidity in ships without AC, the constant sleeplessness due to a schedule of watch four hours on eight off mixing with long periods of general quarters and endless work details when off watch, the existential dread of being sunk and attendant fear of sharks and of torture and execution if captured, the hammering noise of being close to cannon barrels as they fi ...more
Jul 09, 2016 Falbs rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Interesting read, most of it the rather dull memoirs of a sailor without much knowledge of the greater scheme of things, interspersed with some great descriptions of life in the Pacific and in the armed forces in the early 40's. It's also interesting to note the progression from passages with incredible detail of the battles going on gradually fading into vague descriptions of attacks as the author becomes more accustomed to battle on a daily basis.
Feb 28, 2015 Tomi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: japan-challenge
This was just a good book. The author kept this diary secretly while serving on the cruiser Montpelier in the pacific in WWII; this is the reality of war...days of loading supplies and ammo and standing watch and then hours of intense fighting. I cannot imagine living under the conditions on board this ship - very little to eat, living and working in the HOT sun, having almost no sleep...and yet taking on the Japanese Navy and winning. Great men, our veterans...true heroes.
This was a really good book! :D The title listed here is all wrong, though. It should be Pacific War Diary 1942 - 1945.
Aug 13, 2010 Jackie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I feel horrible for not being able to finish this book. I might pick it up again once I'm through my own giant stack. I got it at the library and had to return it.

I couldn't finish it. I made it to page 95 and couldn't read anymore. Although its a readible account it was repetative and a bit on the boring side.

But the author did a good job of making things not too repetitive, especially since most of the time on the ship was spent doing the same thing.
Jun 14, 2015 Erin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It took me forever to get through, but that's a reflection on my reading style, not the book itself. This is an incredibly unique look at military history. It's "real time" war from someone experiencing it without the benefit of hindsight. Definitely recommend to anyone looking to better understand military life and the war in the Pacific.
Mike Prochot
Dec 13, 2011 Mike Prochot rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Outstanding first person account of James J. Fahey's wartime experience as a seaman on the U.S.S Montpelier, a light cruiser in the Pacific in WWII.

Richard Fischer
Jan 19, 2013 Richard Fischer is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
Started book back in high school early eighties. Book was in poor shape. Reordered book in 2010 plan and determine to finish this book.
Barbi Zemtsov
A very interesting, true account of an average sailor's experience at sea and in battles during WW11. I really enjoyed it.
A good book but for some reason hard read. Took forever but alot of good insight on the pacific theater of WWIi.
Nancy L.
Aug 04, 2007 Nancy L. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Engrossing readable account of the war in the Pacific from the perspective of a young man drafted into the Navy.
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James J. Fahey was born in the Hell’s Kitchen section of New York. At a very young age, both of his parents died. James and his siblings left New York to live with their aunt and uncle. They were raised in the wonderful city of Waltham, Massachusetts.

On October 3, 1942, during the heat of World War II, Fahey enlisted in the Navy. A month and a half later, on November 23, he boarded the U.S.S. Mon
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