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Wild Bill Sultenfuss

No one embodies the picture of a battle-hardened WW II USMC grunt better than does Bill Sultenfuss. “Wild Bill,” as he is known, has been educating and entertaining audiences at reenactments in the Pacific Combat Zone at the National Museum of the Pacific War for more than 20 years.

Those Who Served: From The Cavalry To Eating Grasshopper Guacamole And Back

Like many men his age in 1940, Cesar Forezan, Jr. knew the US becoming involved in war was imminent. “I graduated from Bowie High School in El Paso, Texas…class of 19…class of January of 1940 and I knew that the war was coming on and I asked my father if I should wait to be inducted or enlist and he recommended enlist…[He said] ‘You may get a better assignment if you do that,’ so I did that.

Honoring the Pacific, Eight Incendiary Seconds at a Time

Not many historians can fire up a crowd like Kyle Perz can.
This because the Army Reserve Sergeant and San Antonio ER nurse regularly demonstrates an actual WW II flamethrower during reenactments in the Pacific Combat Zone at the National Museum of the Pacific War.

Baylor, Accounting, and Admiration for Admiral Turner

Life would have turned out much differently for Lt Commander Jack Whetsel had he liked accounting.
Whetsel took a job as an understudy to an accountant at a Waco steel plant shortly after graduating from Baylor University in 1941. “I was there for two weeks and knew I never wanted to be an accountant. I walked in one day and said, ‘I’m sorry. I’m taking your time and money and I don’t want to be an accountant. Before I get any deeper into this I’m leaving.’ They said, ‘Well if you stay here, we will get you an exemption from the armed services.’ I said,  ‘I don’t want to be exempt. As soon as I leave here I’m going down and volunteer with the Navy.’”

The Battle of Edson’s Ridge

The fact that many who fought on Guadalcanal September 12 – 14, 1942 referred to this period as the Battle of Bloody Ridge serves as a testament to the severity of the fighting and loss of life on the island. This second of three major Japanese ground offensives during the Guadalcanal Campaign saw the Imperial Japanese Army try to reclaim the Lunga perimeter which was lost to Allied forces on August 7.


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