Good Night Officially
The Pacific War Letters Of A Destroyer Sailor
This book is an account of a destroyer at war as given in the letters of an enlisted sailor, twenty six-year-old Yeoman 2/c James Orvill Raines, to his wife, Ray Ellen, in Texas. The letters provide a glimpse into the fear, loneliness, boredom, and estrangement of the "real" naval war.
Table of Contents
Introduction One: Training & Transit 1. Commissioning and Stateside Training: April 2July 21, 1944 2. Fleet Training, Territory of Hawaii: July 22–August 24, 1944 3. Westward to the War Zone: August 25–September 24, 1944 Two: "Some Eerie Hell'' 4. Invasion of Morotai Island, Moluccas Islands: September 25–0ctober 8, 1944 5. Invasion of Leyte Island, Philippine Islands: October 9–31, 1944 6. Supporting the Leyte Campaign: November 1–December 8, 1944 7. Invasion of Ormoc, Leyte Island, and Mindoro Island: December 9–21, 1944 8. Lingayen Gulf and the Luzon Island Invasion: December 22, 1944–January 31, 1945 Three: "The Devil's Own Creation" 9. Invasion of Iwo Jima: February 1–March 17, 1945 10. Invasion of Okinawa Shima: March 18–June 1, 1945