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1st Marine Division

Posted 07:17 PM | May 17, 2010

My Grandfather, Gunnery Sargeant 1st Marine Division, William Pierce Mims, was there the first day they landed at Guadlacanal. He went on a second tour to Okinawa, where he lost his leg. He kept his stories about battle in his journal which has been passed down to me, his 3rd grandchild. I hope to keep his memory alive by writing a book for my family about his journeys in the pacific. Every time I watch 'The Pacific' I feel a great sense of pride and I wonder if my grandfather felt and saw what those young men did. I'm sure it was much more than anyone could ever show. Thank you HBO for finally telling the stories of the pacific heroes.