Tom Schulte's Reviews > The Ghost Mountain Boys: Their Epic March and the Terrifying Battle for New Guinea---the Forgotten War of the South Pacific

The Ghost Mountain Boys by James   Campbell
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Dec 01, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: history, military

I didn't not know it, but much like the Afghan and Iraq wars, there was in WWII a lot of National Guard units that were shipped off to a foreign war, much to the chagrin of the unit members. The NG unit sent to Papua New Guinea was mostly Michigan citizens. They were largely from the west side of the state: Grand Rapids, Big Rapids, Muskegon, etc.

One that features in the book is Hubert Schulte. I wonder if he is a relation to me?

Any way, it is a fascinating tale of the brutal and overlooked chapter of WWII in the Pacific. Beside the privation and horrors endured by the eventually triumphant GIs and Australian AIF, there is quite a case built on an ineffective and out of touch Gen. MacArthur. This is not the first book I have read with that point of view...

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