Fighting in the CBI Theater in World War II
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. —
Bob Shriver joined the Army in February 1943. He trained in Texas, and then Missouri. He grew tired of the training.
"On the bulletin board every once in a while there would be a notice you could volunteer for this, you could volunteer for everything that was up there," Mr. Shriver said. "They wanted a 90 day mission, a dangerous mission, but they didn't tell us what it was."
Bob Shriver fought in The China-Burma-India Theater of World War II.
It was the spring of 1944 almost two years after the fighting in the South Pacific started, and just before D-Day in Normandy.
Mr. Shriver fought in one battle with the men who were left from Merrill's Marauders. That's where Mr. Shriver received his first Purple heart. They were fighting Japanese soldiers in what was then Burma.
"I thought I better see what's going on. I raised up to look and Bam! He picked me off on the right shoulder, Mr. Shriver said. "That was the first time I was hit."
He was in the hospital for two and a half months.
"I rejoined my outfit, and that's when we started the MARS task force," Mr. Shriver said.
Mr. Shriver wrote a book for his family and friends.
It's his account of the C-B-I Theater as well as other stories told by the men who fought there.
He wrote about the rugged mountainous terrain. He also wrote about how they used mules to help them carry their gear, and about the second time he was hit that knocked him out of the war.
He told me he's proud of what he and the rest of his generation did in World War II.
"It was amazing. All of the people I know were just anxious to get into it to save the country, and we came a whole lot closer to losing it than anybody can imagine," Mr. Shriver said.