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Gain Perspective on Pacific Theater in World War II with Navy Veteran’s New Book

Dog Ear Publishing reviews a new book that describes author D. Ralph Young’s memories of his time aboard the USS J. Franklin Bell, as well as that of his shipmates, serving in the Pacific during World War II.

Dayton, OH, July 27, 2016 --( Although D-Day and the invasion of the beaches at Normandy are marked with special observances, the battle for Peleliu and other equally important World War II conflicts fought in the Pacific Theater seem to have largely been forgotten by all but history buffs and veterans. A new book from Dog Ear Publishing features those very battles, seen through the eyes of a Navy veteran who lived through them. His book provides an incomparable account of numerous battles as well as leadership in the Pacific, Medal of Honor winners and reunions with shipmate’s decades later.

The United States declared war on Japan on Dec. 8, 1941, a day after the devastating 90-minute attack on Pearl Harbor. And the situation in the Pacific was grim. A U.S. soldier was nearly five times more likely to be killed than one fighting in Europe, at least three times more likely to be wounded and more than twice as likely to be missing in action, Young notes, attributing this to the mindset of Japanese soldiers and their refusal to surrender no matter what the cost.

In “Forgotten Warriors: Amphibious March Across the Pacific During World War II,” Young shares his experiences and that of his shipmates serving aboard the USS J. Franklin Bell, an amphibious personnel assault ship, describing action from the Aleutian Islands to Okinawa. Readers gain detailed descriptions such as campaigns for the Aleutian and Solomon Islands, (Guadalcanal, as well as battles of Bougainville), Coral Sea, Midway, Tarawa, Kwajalein and Roi-Namur in the Marshall Islands, Saipan, Tinian, Guam, Philippine Sea, Leyte, Luzon, Peleliu and Iowa Jima.

Young’s book also features a discussion of leadership in the Pacific – Admirals Chester Nimitz, William Halsey Jr. and Raymond Spruance, as well as the incomparable General Douglas MacArthur – and the contributions made to the war effort by the Submarine Service, Seabees, Coast Guard and women in the service and back home. Area maps provide context for the military action, and Young’s memories add a humanizing touch to the brutal action that proved to be so necessary in winning the Pacific theater and defeating Japan.

Shipmate Timothy D. Churchill wrote the patriotic poems featured throughout the book that flow with the commentary.

Young served as a gunner’s mate on the USS J. Franklin Bell in the Pacific during World War II, experiencing battles throughout the Pacific theater. He is a member of the University of Kentucky College of Engineering Hall of Distinction. He and his family lived in St. Louis when they weren’t living in Iran, Saudi Arabia, Oman, Thailand, Malaysia or Indonesia, where he worked as a power engineer.

Young also wrote “The Power of a Mother’s Prayer,” which tells his life story and the importance of his mother’s prayers. The book had a second edition released in 2014. He now splits his time between his home in Kentucky and his second wife Janice’s home in Ohio.

Forgotten Warriors: Amphibious March Across the Pacific During WWII
D. Ralph Young
Dog Ear Publishing
ISBN: 978-1-4575-4591-7 366 pages $19.99 US

Available at Ingram,, Barnes & Noble and fine bookstores everywhere.

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