World War II Experience, Long After the Fact
May 28, 2012 9:33 AM Subscribe
I'd like some topnotch resources, whether books, websites, possibly videos, movies or other, to help me understand my father's experiences in World War II. I'm not looking for the tactical or strategic elements of the military campaigns that he was part of, but what his role and experience was like.
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My father, now deceased, would never speak with his family about his experiences during the war. The only information I have is that my father served with the 43rd Infantry Division
as a Technical Sergeant in Guadalcanal and the Northern Solomon Islands. I do know that he was hospitalized for "exhaustion" (shell shock? PTSD?) on his return to the States; it doesn't appear that he was part of the troops stationed in Japan at the end of the war. He did receive a Silver Star.
Please forgive my ignorance, but I know nothing about WWII resources, not even enough to ask this question in a more knowledgeable and effective way. My father was an exceptional person, and I'd like to understand this part of his life better.