With editing help from his daughter Rosanne Manning, World War II veteran Ray Manning of Bellingham has published his account as a Marine radio operator in the Pacific. “Memoir of a Grunt” is available at Village Books for $11.95.
Manning recounts the sometimes funny, sometimes discouraging, sometimes horrific experiences he went through, including 55 days of what he has called “24-hour down and dirty combat, “ especially on the Pacific island of Iwo Jima.
“Most of the time we were hungry, thirsty, tired, sweating blood, carrying out actions most civilians nowadays consider heroic, but to us were part of our job — fulfilling our commitment, “ Manning writes. “Duty at the front is physically uncomfortable and action even dull at times. At other times, the anxiety, fear, excitement and adrenaline rush of an intensive firefight were near unbearable.”
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