By John F. Day III
First Lieutenant John F. Day Jr. was once a 30-year-old Reserve military Officer while he used to be referred to as to energetic responsibility in November 1940. On December 7, 1941, Day stumbled on himself aboard a troop send within the mid-Pacific in path to the Philippine Islands. The USS Republic, a boat within the Pensacola Convoy, used to be eight-days out of Pearl Harbor crusing to re-enforce Gen. Douglas MacArthur. the japanese assault altered the voyage and altered Day’s life.
This is the tale of Day’s three-year odyssey to arrive Manila. After dodging jap bombs and strafing assaults in Java, Day escapes to Melbourne the place he arrives days previous to Gen. Douglas MacArthur’s arrival from Corregidor. As certainly one of few U.S. military officials in Australia, Day is appointed the 1st Headquarters Commandant for Gen. MacArthur to aid the Allied counter offensive. As a prepared observer of individuals, Day follows the antics of the generals and the personalities of GHQ, whereas his middle is still firmly with the foot squaddies within the jungle. Day’s trip takes him throughout Australia, New Guinea, and the Philippines. in simple terms the atomic bomb spares him from becoming a member of the invasion strength for Japan.
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The tale is advised via Day’s unique diaries, letters, and oral historical past as he stocks his frustrations, fears, and loneliness. His narrative is supported by way of collateral examine describing the ancient occasions that swirled approximately him.
There are few twentieth century americans extra debatable than normal Douglas MacArthur and but his management within the overlooked Southwest Pacific theatre of the second one global conflict continues to be one of many least studied features of the clash. The book of significant John F Day Jr.’s attention-grabbing diary and letters is a invaluable contribution to our wisdom of the internal workings of MacArthur’s GHQ, from the original viewpoint of a junior officer now not enthralled via the “Bataan gang” and with nice empathy for the strive against troops he’d as soon as been a part of earlier than he was once increased to the position of Headquarters Commandant.
The writer has further major contextual info which makes transparent what used to be unfolding within the Southwest Pacific frontlines from Java to the Philippines, every now and then faraway from the serious place of work politics of GHQ in Brisbane. — Karen Nunan, Curator, MacArthur Museum Brisbane Brisbane, Australia
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An Officer in MacArthur's Court: A Memoir of the First Headquarters Commandant for General Douglas MacArthur in Australia. by John F. Day III