July 14, 2012

SO I MET JACK MCCALL FOR DRINKS YESTERDAY, and we talked about his new book, Pacific Time on Target: Memoirs of a Marine Artillery Officer, 1943-1945. But he pointed out that he just edited the book, which was written by Christopher Donner — who he calls “the thinking man’s James Bond” — as soon as he returned from the war. Donner, a trained historian, kept detailed notes of his experiences during the battle for Okinawa and elsewhere. He was also a very early adopter of scuba diving and trained Underwater Demolition Team operators after the war.

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