God Isn't Here: A Young American's Entry into World War II and His Participation in the Battle for Iwo Jima

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9780976154709: God Isn't Here: A Young American's Entry into World War II and His Participation in the Battle for Iwo Jima

A stunning book about surviving the battle for Iwo Jima, from the perspective of a Navy Corpsman. When Richard Overton returned from Iwo Jima in March of 1945, he thoughtfully noted his day-by-day experiences. These detailed notes were used to compile the most gripping personal account yet of a combatant on Iwo Jima. As part of the 2nd Battalion, 26th Regiment, 5 Marine Division, he briefly describes his training at Camp Pendelton and Camp Tarawa, and quickly delves into the action when he landed on D-day, February 19, 1945.

Each day brought new horrors, and heartbreaking decisions to either stay up with his unit, or stay behind to treat the endless casualties. The cumulative effects of sleep deprivation, adrenaline overload, and overwhelming fear ultimately lead to his being evacuated, but not before enduring unimaginable horror.

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This is an account dealing with that time I spent in the U. S. Naval military service during World War II. The events began in June 1943, and ended on April 10, 1946, and are based upon what I observed, heard, smelled or felt. Nothing that I have written is based upon hearsay information unless it is identified as such. In order to refresh my memory, I relied upon written material I had gathered during those war years. It exists in the form of military pamphlets, directives, newsletters, memoranda, and photographs. Fortunately, while in Japan just after hostilities ceased, in an attempt to better understand what I had endured, I made hand written notes, which I still have today. Although I have read published accounts by others concerning the battle for Iwo Jima, I refrained from using their recollections as reference material because of some "difference of impression." Those differences are no doubt due to the confusion and messiness of war. I do not intend this to be a novel. It is meant to record, and to convey to the reader, the experiences an American youth encountered during the Second World War. I hope that the reader may understand in some way that what I experienced.

Richard E. Overton

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Richard E. Overton was a Navy corpsman and survived the battle at Iwo Jima. He spent 27 years working in municipal law enforcement with the Santa Cruz California Police Department and taught law enforcement–related technical writing at Cabrillo Community College, in Watsonville, California. He lives in Salt Lake City, Utah.

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