14 August 1945, V-J Day… War ends!

The above film footage was shot on 14 August 1945, V-J Day (Victory in Japan Day) in Honolulu, Hawaii … This is three minutes of Kodachrome film that may bring tears to your eyes. It did to ours. -Bill and Sandra Bill McGee recalls V-J Day … “On the morning of 15 August (14 August in Washington, D.C.), I was…

Guadalcanal at 75 … A name, an emotion

AUGUST MARKS THE 75th ANNIVERSARY OF THE BATTLE FOR GUADALCANAL … a major turning point in the Pacific war.  On the morning of 7 August 1942, eight months to the day after the surprise Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, the U.S. 1st Marine Division, under MGen Alexander A. Vandegrift, landed on the islands of Tulagi…

Guadalcanal at 75 … Battle of Midway, 4 June 1942

This year marks the 75th anniversary of the Battle for Guadalcanal. In a series of posts, I will flashback to milestone events that led up to, or took place during or after Guadalcanal. Wherever possible, I will place myself in the action as a frame of reference. If a post triggers a memory for you, please share in a comment.…

PACIFIC EXPRESS — 7th year on the Marine Corps Commandant’s Professional Reading List

For the seventh consecutive year, PACIFIC EXPRESS — THE CRITICAL ROLE OF MILITARY LOGISTICS IN WORLD WAR II, edited by William L. McGee with Sandra McGee, is on the Marine Corps Commandant’s Professional Reading List for Logistics. The books on the Commandant’s Professional Reading List are selected as most pertinent to critical thinking and professional development at…

75 Years Ago – Day of Infamy, December 7, 1941

Remembering December 7, 1941 Bill McGee recalls … “On Sunday morning, December 7, 1941, John Ruud, Joe Rizzo and I were walking down Broadway in downtown Portland, checking out the movies. All of a sudden, someone opened a store door and shouted to anyone in earshot, “The radio says the Japs just bombed the hell out…

Praise from the Chairman

A big thank-you to Charles A. Lloyd, former Naval Armed Guard, and for many years the hard-working chairman of the national organization, U.S. Navy Armed Guard Veterans of WWII. I’ve known “C.A.” for 25 years and in 1996, he wrote the Foreword to my military memoir, Bluejacket Odyssey, 1942-1946: Guadalcanal to Bikini. An acknowledgment such as the one he surprised Sandra and me with…