When Wars Were Won

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Stones Point Press, 1995 - Fiction - 269 pages
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"After forty years, Hal Arnold, a professor of English, returns to the Philippines yearning for the unity, spirit and optimism he knew as a 19-year-old member of a Seabee battalion in the South Pacific theater during World War II. Trying to recapture that experience, he writes ths story, vividly portraying members of the battalion who impacted his life. Two in particular--Barry Fortune, an irrepressible entrepreneur, and Roger "Billiard Ball" Billiard, a philosophical, cynical college professor--are at opposite poles in their attitudes toward life and their feelings toward their country. They are Hal's mentors, and despite their faults, his heroes. Proud of being an American, yet disillusioned with most of his compatriots whose deeds are often less than admirable in winning the war, Hal searches for his own identity. He finds it in the warm, rich culture of a small Filipino village where love and dignity thrive among a people who have suffered under the Japanese yoke"--
 

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Contents

Prologue
1
The Crossing
7
Adjusting
22
Lessons in Chutzpah
33
Settled In
47
A Good Man for the Battalion
52
Springtime in New Guinea
62
In a Class by Himself
70
XTV Reunion and Departure
138
The Making of a Hero
148
Living the Good Life
156
Fires of Love and Death
168
Hospitality GI Style
183
XK Hospitality Filipino Style
190
Cant Anything Go Right?
200
A Weekend of Discovery
209

The Landing and Soon After
83
Problems at the Top and Bottom
94
Changing Careers
98
Folly and Error
109
A Rebel in Our Midst
122
A Truly Memorable Evening
135
Ninas Story
222
Love and Friendship
235
XXTV Drinking From a Small Cup
242
The Last Goodbye
251
Epilogue The End Is the Beginning
263
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