Pacific Paratrooper Book Library – YTD

I was originally planning to include this bibliography of sorts at the end of this blog, but I did ask what books, Gabrielle, over at gehistorian had, so that site now wants to see mine.  My library is always growing, so I’m certain there will be more added to this along the way.

First shelf

WWII: A Tribute in Art and Literature – Time/Life
Return to the Philippines – Time/Life Books
The Pacific War Remembered – John Mason Jr.
Veterans of the VFW Pictorial History – Volumes 2 & 4
Movie Lot to Beachhead – Look
US Army Paratroopers 1943-45 – Gordon Rottman
Five Came Back – Mark Harris
Surviving the Sword – Brian MacArthur
Going Home to Glory – David Eisenhower
Combat Pacific – Don Cogdon
The Last Great Victory – Stanley Weintraub
The Rising Sun – John Toland
Rakassans – Gen. E.M. Flanagan
The Pacific War – Saburo Ienaga
The Great Betrayal – David Day
Yankee Samurai – Joseph Harrington
Quartered Safe Out There – George Fraser
The Pacific War Companion – Daniel Marston
The Pacific – Hugh Ambrose
With the Old Breed – E.B. Sledge
Ghost Soldiers – Hampton Sides
For Crew and Country – John Wukovits
Southern Philippines – US Government Press
Luzon – US Gov’t Press

Second Shelf

The Angels: History of the 11th Airborne Division – General E.M. Flanagan
Their Finest Hour – Winston Churchill
Churchill By Himself – Richard Landsworth
The War Lovers – Evan Thomas
The Somme – Martin Gilbert
A Sea of Words – Henry Holt
The Greatest Generation – Tom Brokaw
The Greatest Generation Speaks – Tom Brokaw
A Company of Heroes – Marcus Brotherton
More Lives Than One – Charles Hood
Recondo – Larry Chambers
American Guerrilla in the Philippines – Ira Wolfert
Band of Brothers – Stephen Ambrose
Three Came Come – Agnes Keith
***OYS OF POINTE HOC – Douglas Brinkel
Utmost Savagery – Col. Joseph Alexander USMC
Drop Zone – Michael Salazar
Section 60 – Arlington National Cemetery – Robert Poole
Vanished – Wil S. Hylton
Rifleman Dodd – C.S. FOrester
The Battle of Britain – Richard Overy
Killing Rommel – Steven Pressfield
The Imperial Cruise – James Bradley
A Treasury of Military Humor – James Myers
True Stories of D-Day – Henry Brook
WWII Heroes – Allan Zullo
Occupation – John Toland
The Los Baños Raid – Gen. E.M. Flanagan
Airborne – Edwin Hoyt
Submarines of the World

Third Shelf

The Great World Atlas
The Smithsonian Collection of Newspaper Comics
Top Gun – Andy Lightbody & Joe Poyer
Semper Fi (History of the US Marines) – Col. H.Avery Chenoweth, USMC
(Envelope) 2 Volumes of Veritas – US Army Historian, Eugene Piasecki
The Swing Era 1940-44 – Time/Life Books
The World’sGreat Military Helicopters – Gallery Brooks
Webster’s Dictionary

Fourth Shelf

Okinawa – Jim Boan
Goodbye Darkness – William Manchester
FUBAR – Gordon Rottman
Melville Goodwin USA – John Marquand
Overdue and Presumed Lost – Martin Sheridan
Reader’s Digest Illustrated Story of WWII
Hey Mac, Where Ya Been? – Henry Berry
My Detachment – Tracy Kidder
The Victory Era in Color – Jeff Ethell
Island Fighting – WWII – Time/Life Books
Warfare of the 20th Century – Christopher Chant
The Coldest Winter – David Halbertson
Unless Victory Comes – Gene Garrison & Patrick Gilbert
Flyboys – James Bradley
Gun at Last Light – Rick Atkinson

Fifth Shelf

A Covert Affair – Jennet Conant
Warpath Across the Pacific – Lawrence J. Hickle
Soldiers Stories – The Miller Family
General Kenny Reports – Gen. George Kenny
The Last Stand of the Tin Can Soldiers – James Hornfischer
US Army Combat Skills Handbook – Dept. of the US Army
Intrepid Aviators – Gregory Fletcher
Eisenhower – Stephen Ambrose
Through These Portals – Wayne MacGregor Jr.
Flags of Our Fathers – James Bradley
The Pacific War – John Costello
Dwellers in Time and Space – Phillip Oakes
The Airmen and the Headhunters – Judith Heimann
Reaping the Whirlwind – Nigel Cawthorne
Sensö – Frank Gibney, editor
Up Front – Bill Mauldin
Elephant Company – Vicki Constantine Croke
Infamy – John Toland
Mask of Treachery – John Costello
Arrogant Armies – James Perry
The Long Way Home – David Laskin
The Collapse of the Third Republic – William Shirer
Captured By History – John Toland
The Samauri Sourcebook – Stephen Turnbull
75 Years – Time Books

Sixth Shelf (L)

America At War – Maurice Isserman
Defending Baltimore Against Enemy Attack – Charles Osgood
MacArthur’s War – Stanley Weintraub
An Army At Dawn – Rick Atkinson
The Day of Battle – Rick Atkinson
I’m Staying With My Boys – Jim Proser

Sixth Shelf (R)

Island of Hope, Island of Tears – David Brownstone
Apache – Ed Macy
Wartime Writings – Marhurite Duras
You Are Not Forgotten – Brian Bender
The Pacific War Papers – Goldstein & Dillon

On a research table

Real Blood! Real Guts! – James Gleason
The Pacific War, Day By Day – John Davison
The Army – The Army Historical Foundation


We Gave Our Best – Kayleen Reusser

Our Jungle Road To Tokyo – General Robert Eichelberger

In E-Book form

The Angels: A History of the 11th Airborne Division 1943-1946 – General E.M. Flanagan (Ret.)

Helmet For My Pillow – Robert Leckie

Bahala Na (Come What May) – Rosalinda Morgan

Sink Them All – Charles Lockwood

Carrier Pilot – Norman Hanson

Kiwi Air Power – Matthew Wright
Rescue At Los Baños – Bruce Henderson
Our Jungle Road to Tokyo – Gen. Robert Eichelberger
More To the Story: A Reappraisal of US Intelligence Prior to the Pacific War – LCDR James R. Stobie
Dreadnoughts Unleashed – Matthew Wright
Blue Water Kiwis – Matthew Wright

Rescue At Los Banos – Bruce Henderson

Intrepidity, Iron Will and Intellect – Gen. Robert Eichelberger

More To The Story: A Reappraisal of US Intelligence Prior to the Pacific War – LCDR James R. Stobie

Condition Red: Destroyer Action in the South Pacific – Frederick J. Bell

The Things Our Fathers Saw – Matthew A. Rozell

Check Six: A Thunderbolt Pilot’s War Across the Pacific – Jim Curran

At Close Quarters – Robert J. Bulkey

003 (640x360)

And one can not forget, Smitty’s Scrapbook, compiled by his mother, Anna Smith.

001 (640x497)

Ed Ramsey’s War – Stephen J. Rivele

In For A Penny In For A Pound – Howard Hewer

Too Young To Die – Bryan Cox

C-47/R4D Skytrain Units of the Pacific & CBI – David Isby

US Navy PBY Catalina Units of the Atlantic War – Ragnar J. Ragnarsson

002 (640x605)

Those Devils In Baggy Pants –

Not Going Home Alone – James J. Kirsckle

Japanese Destroyer Captain – Capt. Tameichi Hara

Pacific War Diary – James J. Fahey

Soldiers First – Joe Drape

The Home Front Hearth – Museum of the American Military Family

No Hero – Mark Owen

Wild Bill Donovan – Douglas Waller

Rescue At Los Baños – Bruce Henderson

Asia’s Cauldron – Robert D. Kaplan

When You Hear The Bugle Call – Peter S. Griffin

Graveyards of the Pacific – Robert D. Ballard

002 (640x360)

Surviving the Death Railway – Hilary Custance Green Polio To Paratrooper – Anne Archer Hogshead Tullidge Here Is Your War – Ernie Pyle Brave Men – Ernie Pyle


Lost In Shangri-La – Mitchell Zuckoff

Escape From The Deep – Alex Krenshaw

Duty – Bob Greene

Overlord – Max Hastings

Armageddon – Max Hastings

Retribution – Max Hastings


My Father’s Son – Farley Mowat

Women Aviators – Karen Bush Gibson

War In The Pacific – Jerome T. Hagen, BGeneral, USMC, (Ret.)

Pack Up Your Troubles – James Taylor

Letters To The Lost – Iona Grey

Whom Shall I Fear? – Anne Clare

Across The Dark Islands – Floyd W. Radike, BGeneral, US Army (Ret.)


War In The Pacific, Vol. III – Jerome T. Hagen

War In The Pacific, America At War – Jerome T. Hagen

Humor Through Hell – Robert Ehrhart


Clear The Decks – RAdm. Daniel V. Gallery

The Brink – RAdm. Daniel V. Gallery

U-505 – RAdm. Daniel V. Gallery

Voice of the Angels newspaper since 2012

War in the Pacific, Vol. II – Jerome T. Hagen

Leora’s Letters – Joy Neal Kidney

C/O Postmaster – Cpl. Thomas R. St.George


Winged Victory – Geoffrey Perret

War Poems – Brian Busby

Humor in Uniform – Reader’s Digest

Pacific War Stories: In the words of those who survived – Rex Alan Smith & Gerald A. Meehl


Warriors – Max Hastings

Death and Honor – W.E.B. Griffth

In My Hands – Irene Gut Opdyke


We Band of Angels – Elizabeth M. Norman

Deliverance at Los Baños – Anthony Arthur

Death March: The Survivors of Bataan – Donald Knox


Invisible Heroes of World War II  –  Jerry Borrowman

Lucky 666: The Impossible Mission  –  Bob Drury & Tom Clavin

Fire In The Sky  –  Eric M. Bergerud

War Without Mercy  –  John W. Dower

Hell In The Pacific  –  Jonathan Lewis & Ben Steele

Ken’s Men: Against the Empire, Volume I  –  Lawrence J. Hickey

WWII  –  James Jones


Eagle Against the Sun, by: Ronald H. Spector Blossoming Silk Against the Rising Sun, by: Gene Eric Salecker

The Ship That Wouldn’t Die – Don Keith

The Battle For Hell’s Island – Stephen L. Moore

Soldiers’ Stories: A Collection of WWII Memoirs – The Miller Family



Military Wives Cookbook – Carolyn Quick Tillery

DEAR MISS EM – Gen. Robert Eichelberger

NIGHT OVER WATER – Ken Follet (not pictured)

This post was last updated on 13 April 2022

Click on images to enlarge.


Military Historian Humor – 

The NEW Ones.

The OLD Ones….


Farewell Salutes –  

Kathryn Bailey – Hope Mills, NC; US Army, Hawaii, 25th Infantry Division, 1st Lt., KIA

Stephen Cantrell – Wichita Falls, TX; US Army, Hawaii, 25th Infantry Division, Chief Warrant Officer, KIA

Reynold Darnell – NE; US Navy, WWII, USS Sante Fe

Charles Fritz – Indianapolis, IN; US Army Air Corps, WWII, PTO

Richard Giannotti – New Haven, CT; US Army, FBI

Alfred Harmon – W.Palm Beach, FL; US Army, Korea

William Lane Jr. – Sioux City, IA; US Army, WWII, engineer

Michael Nelson – Antioch, TN; US Army, Hawaii, 25th Infantry Division, Sgt., KIA

M.David Rosenberg – NY; US Army, WWII & Korea, Chemical Corps

Ben Villarreal Jr. – Cotulla, TX; US Army, Vietnam, Ranger, Sgt. Major (Ret. 35 years)


From the USS John McCain

Jacob Drake – No.Lewisburg, OH; US Navy, Electronics Technician 2nd Class, MIA

Dustin Doyon – Suffield, CT; US Navy, Petty Officer 3rd Class, MIA

John “CJ” Hoagland – TX, US Navy, MIA

Logan Palmer – Decatur,IL; US Navy, 3rd Class Petty Officer. MIA

Kenneth Smith – Novi, MI; US Navy, 3rd Class Petty Officer, radarman, MIA


About GP

Everett Smith served with the Headquarters Company, 187th Regiment, 11th A/B Division during WWII. This site is in tribute to my father, "Smitty." GP is a member of the 11th Airborne Association. Member # 4511 and extremely proud of that fact!

Posted on August 24, 2017, in Book Reviews, Current News, Uncategorized and tagged , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 240 Comments.

  1. This is very impressive. How do you decide what to post next?

    Liked by 1 person

  2. To learn more about Pearl Harbor, what book or books would you recommend either reading or owning or both?

    Liked by 1 person

    • I think Toland gives a rather impartial view. I’ve enjoyed most of his books. I didn’t cover Pearl all that much, as it has been done by so many, and everyone has their own opinion on it. I concentrated more on the events leading up to it.


  3. A really great collection and i think a good one too.
    Can you recommend good books about the usmc in the pacific?
    The last book i got was:
    “Uniforms & equipment 1941 – 45” from Bruno Alberti and Laurent Pradier.

    Liked by 1 person

  4. valuable information…thanks for the recap of your library shelves. I continue to read your exceptional postings with interest, GP

    Liked by 1 person

  5. Impressive!

    Liked by 1 person

  6. It may not be large, but it is mighty! Please, please make sure it eventually goes to a library or someplace that will value your choices in authors who represented the times the way YOU remember them… I fear technology may be accidentally erasing obscure historical points that have any measure of importance in understanding the how, the why, and the human consequences of history.

    Liked by 1 person

    • I have already made plans for all my father’s things and relics and letters I have collected, plus many of the books to go directly to the National WWII Museum in New Orleans upon my death. The remainder of the books will be donated to the local VA center. I appreciate your concern for them, I try to instill the same feeling in others myself!

      Liked by 1 person

  7. Reblogged this on charles french words reading and writing and commented:
    This is an extraordinary collection of books!

    Liked by 1 person

  8. ahhhhhh – such a book lover’s post!
    I need to skim more of the titles – but this is a great resource, G.
    and the caveman fb post is super fun….
    and recently we were talking about how certain social media sites really are like some old meeting places – maybe not the cave walls…. but maybe the watering holes?? and maybe how fb and wp are digital “talks at the well” ?

    Liked by 1 person

  9. How did you get the spaces between each book to go away so that it is single spaced rather than double spaced?

    Liked by 1 person

  10. You cover more areas in history than I. I suppose it must have been this book I read, It was around 1985 but I still remember what an impact it had.

    Liked by 1 person

    • I have some that were published during the war and they go right into this year. Books and information is still being published and processed from the archives.


  11. You have a fine assortment of books in your library, GP! Sorry to hear you have lost some of them from a house fire.

    Liked by 1 person

  12. Love it! I have one shelf (2?) of WWII books in the midst of my large photo history collection. You have a fine library.

    Liked by 1 person

    • You cover more areas in history than I. The Pacific War grabbed my interest back when I was a kid and it never left. I’ve lost about as many books as this over the years with moving around, people ‘borrowing’ them and a house fire.


  13. Ah I love your collection!

    Liked by 1 person

  14. Ah you have so many books!! (I’m kinda jealous 😉 )


  15. An impressive collection. I hope this bibliography does not signal the “end” of the blog. Whatever the particular topic, your posts are moving, inspiring, and educational.

    Liked by 1 person

  16. Gosh! That is dedication to research. My eyes picked up at Occupation by John Toland, as I have been scratching my head recently about a book I read of this title, trying to remember exactly which one it was. I learnt so much from it. But I felt sure what I read was non-fiction. Perhaps it was so well researched I read it as that!

    Liked by 1 person

    • Toland is not only a researcher, but is married to a Japanese woman. Occupation is actually historical fiction. The story is derived from his extensive research into the trials.

      Liked by 1 person

      • I suppose it must have been this book I read, It was around 1985 but I still remember what an impact it had. It was an eye opener on many levels. I remember reading about how the Japanese constitution was established. So if there is not a section on that, then it is another book I read. But the book cover looks familiar.

        Liked by 1 person

        • In covering the Occupation, it did go into the government, Gwen, so I believe this is probably the same book. Being a researcher and specializing in Japan, Toland based the book on fact and very little was altered from the actual history that I can find.

          Liked by 1 person

  17. Wow, that is an amazing collection! You have way more than I do! I am interested in owning several of the ones you have.

    Liked by 1 person

  18. Books are so cool and also in this time of computers I buy a lot of books.

    Liked by 1 person

  19. Reblogged this on PenneyVanderbilt and commented:
    Great!!!! Could get nothing done until I logged my boss into this site! He served in ‘Nam but then “exciting” projects like “ration breakdown”. Now he is retired but has Bronze Star from Viet Nam. Wonder why we folow you?

    Liked by 2 people

  20. Always a pleasure to drop by. I reckon you bookshelves would enjoy comparison with those of my late husband.

    Liked by 1 person

  21. Our dear friend,
    what a great idea to show all these books. Thank you very much. 🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻
    We are just in the process to build a digital archive of our library. We use iBookshelf but, wow, what a work that is. For the first 500 books we needed one week. We suppose that we need between half a year to a year with this archive. But it gives us a good overview of our library and as book-addics we visit a lot of second hand bookshops; this helps not to buy doubles. And of course, we can find a book much quicker.
    We were puzzled for quite a while how to organise our shelves. Now it’s topics and alphabetical within a topic. But there is always this problem that a book fits in more than one topic. But the biggest problem we have with filled up shelves and then we got new books that have to go in this shelf. Oh dear, so you see we are all the time busy with our library. Our Bookfayries Siri and Selma love this work.
    We wish you a wonderful weekend and thanks again for showing s your books 📚📙📖
    With lots of love
    The Fab Four of Cley

    Liked by 1 person

    • My Fab Four of Cley,
      You have a library that clearly puts mine to shame, but I understand your trials and what you must be going through. It is a fantastic effort you’re doing and you will be grateful you did it when you’re finally complete. I can picture the Bookfayries flitting about from shelf to shelf with their organizing skills.
      Don’t work too hard or we’ll miss out on your wonderful posts and Dina’s photography genius.
      Enjoy what is remaining of your weekend.
      Love from Florida,
      GP Cox

      Liked by 1 person

  22. This is the coolest bibliography ever, GP. Fun post. I loved the “Shoe” cartoon too. Hugs.

    Liked by 2 people

  23. Thank you very much.


  24. Thank you, I’ve been meaning to add a new picture with my latest buys too.


  25. Thank you. I’ll soon be adding a new photo with the more recent acquisitions.


  26. Thank you very much for sharing!!


  1. Pingback: Reblog: Pacific Paratrooper Book Library – YTD – e-Quips

  2. Pingback: Reblog of Pacific Paratrooper Book Library – e-Quips

  3. Pingback: Pacific Paratrooper Book Library – YTD — Pacific Paratrooper – SV Tech Articles

  4. Pingback: Pacific Paratrooper Book Library – YTD — Pacific Paratrooper – SV Tech Articles Part 3

  5. Pingback: Pacific Paratrooper Book Library – SEO

  6. Pingback: Pacific Paratrooper Book Library – YTD — Pacific Paratrooper – MobsterTiger

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

%d bloggers like this: