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HBO’s “The Pacific” Takes You to Hell and Back

Sixty-nine years ago Sidney Phillips was a Mobile, Alabama teenager who could not imagine he would spend his next birthday on the tiny Pacific Ocean island of Guadalcanal, trying to kill Japs who were trying to kill him.  Then Pearl Harbor happened.

One day later, on December 8, 1941, the young man found himself standing in a U.S. Navy enlistment line when another military recruiter asked, “Did he want to get eye-to-eye with some Japs?”  Hell, yes, everyone wanted to get eyeball-to-eyeball with Japs.  Sidney Phillips enlisted in the United States Marine Corps.  He is profiled in HBO’s new miniseries “The Pacific,” which was co-produced by Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg. Continue reading

March 7, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment