Lawrence Kirby was a Marine who participated in the battles of Guam, Bougainville, and Iwo Jima, writing the book "Stories from the Pacific" in 2004.
World War II veteran Lawrence Kirby shared his recollections of the War in the South Pacific Tuesday afternoon as a special guest of the Wakefield Rotary Club. Kirby published a memoir of his experiences in 2004 entitled "Stories from the Pacific." He joined the Marines at age 18 and served as an advance scout in some of the bloodiest battles of the Pacific campaign - Guam, Bougainville and Iwo Jima. In these video clips, Kirby talks more about his experiences during this crucial time in the nation's history.
This is a series that has run on holidays on Lynnfield Patch over the past year looking back at local life in the World War II era. We'll try it on Wakefield Patch because of the various references made to the town.
For much of the past year, I've run this series of articles looking back at life in Lynnfield in 1942 with help from the archives of the Lynnfield Village Press newspaper. The series began around Thanksgiving of last year, which means that there will probably be a Halloween edition, then we'll find some greener historical pastures to work with. This will also be the first time this series appears on Wakefield Patch, in part because the Lynnfield Village Press routinely carried ads and some other things from that town as well. In 1942, Labor Day weekend was a muted affair because rationing of gasoline, tires and other basic supplies was in full swing and the war was affecting almost all aspects of daily life. "Labor Day 1942 finds us all …