Little Known Chapter in WWII Brought to Life

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New autobiography follows a Marine through the Bougainville Campaign during WWII

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Helms describes in his riveting narrative style the conditions on the battle field and the events that followed as he and his unit pursued the Japanese into Bougainville’s jungle canopy.

The Battle of Iwo Jima has become synonymous with both the Allied efforts in the Pacific Theater during World War II and the U.S. Marine Corps. In fact, aside from Iwo Jima, the average American knows very little about Allied activities in that region. The new autobiography Bougainville: A Marine’s Story (published by AuthorHouse) by the late WWII veteran Doan Helms, Jr. presents a soldier’s perspective on one of the longest running campaigns in WWII’s Pacific Theater of combat.

Doan Helms, Jr. was barely out of his teens when the Japanese struck Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. Left reeling and angry, like so many other Americans, he enlisted in the Marine Corps three days later. He could not then have comprehended the role that he and his fellow Marines of the 2nd Battalion, 3rd Marines would play in the Allied effort to gain control of the South Pacific.

In Bougainville Helms describes in detail his boot camp experiences at the famed Paris Island training ground and his further training at the Marine base in Quantico, Va. Fully trained and honed, Helms and his unit set out for the now infamous Guadalcanal. Once there, Helms and his fellow Marines of the 2nd of the 3rd were informed of their mission – to establish and hold a hardened base on Bougainville Island.

The Bougainville Campaign began with an amphibious landing on Bougainville Island on November 1st, 1943. The initial landing was bloody and brutal. The Japanese made the Allies pay heavily for every inch they advanced. Helms describes in his riveting narrative style the conditions on the battle field and the events that followed as he and his unit pursued the Japanese into Bougainville’s jungle canopy.

Bougainville is a fascinating glimpse into a seldom written of or discussed chapter in the Allied war effort in the South Pacific. Helms provides an inspiring window into the humanity of a soldier and the privations of war.

About the Author
Doan Helms, Jr. was born in Attica, Indiana in 1920. At the close of WWII, he was awarded the Ernie Pyle Scholarship, went on to graduate from Indiana University with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and had a successful career in advertising.

After Helms’ death, his manuscript for Bougainville was found by his son, Jack, who is responsible for its publishing.

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