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“As a kid, it’s just excitement, not a feeling of foreboding or anything like that. It was just all an exciting period.” (Audio Interview, 1:45)

   Sherwin H. Goodman
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War: World War, 1939-1945
Branch: Navy
Unit: VT-22 (Torpedo Squadron)
Service Location: Pacific Theater; Philippines
Rank: Aviation Ordnanceman Second Class
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Shortly after the Pearl Harbor attack, Sherwin Goodman joined the Navy, looking to become a flier. Believing that he was about to participate in a grand adventure, the 17-year-old boy found out soon enough that his excitement would be tempered by bitter experience. During an air raid on his ship at the Battle of Tarawa, he took the place of a gunner and helped shoot down attacking Japanese planes but then found himself administering to the wounded when a torpedo struck his ship. Goodman offers a vivid account of his wartime experiences, including the tale of how he nearly drowned when his plane went down in the sea.

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Softening up Tarawa prior to the invasion (00:58) Japanese air raid during the first night of the Battle of Tarawa. (02:04) Ship hit by a torpedo during air raid at Tarawa. (02:07)
Crash landing on water near Espiritu Santo. (04:59)  

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