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‘Marine #419322’

World War II vet details experiences in Pacific

Thomas J. Smith, 88, a war veteran who has written his memoirs with the 4th Marine Division, including an account of the capture of a Japanese general on an island in the Pacific. His friend Sal Famularo is seen at left. Famularo was also in the 4th Marine Division, but never knew Smith during the war. The two met in a Wal-Mart a few years ago.
Photographer: Marc Schultz
Thomas J. Smith, 88, a war veteran who has written his memoirs with the 4th Marine Division, including an account of the capture of a Japanese general on an island in the Pacific. His friend Sal Famularo is seen at left. Famularo was also in the 4th Marine Division, but never knew Smith during the war. The two met in a Wal-Mart a few years ago.
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"I remember it well," begins "Marine #419322," the memoir of Thomas Joseph Smith Jr. "I was with my girlfriend (Connie) visiting friends, listening to the radio and just hanging out when the music stopped and a frantic voice was shouting, 'Pearl Harbor has been bombed. The Japs bombed Pearl Harbor.' There was dead silence, then shock and indignation. We were all upset, swearing vengeance, as most patriotic 17-year-olds would." In 106 pages of text, complemented ...

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