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Veteran of 'The Pacific' recalls war, camaraderie

Veteran of 'The Pacific' recalls war, camaraderie

Dr. Sidney Phillips has become the voice of the men of "The Pacific," HBO television's World War II miniseries.
He is the survivor among the drama's four central figures, with the others claimed by the war or the decades that followed.
The 85-year-old physician has shouldered the task of spokesman with grace and good humor, fielding media interviews and, at the request of The Associated Press, online queries from viewers about his combat experience and life afterward.
Phillips, who was 17 when he enlisted in the U.S. Marines the day after the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941, endured four months of brutal fighting on Guadalcanal and joined in the invasion of another Pacific theater island, New Britain.
He returned to Mobile, Alabama, where he reared three children with his wife, Mary, who died in 2000.
"The Pacific," with actor Ashton Holmes as the young Pfc. Phillips, debuted March 14 and airs new episodes at 9 p.m. EDT Sunday through May 16. Phillips answered questions by phone from his home.
Q: What is your best memory of that chapter of your life, and what is your worst?


Updated : 2021-08-06 03:14 GMT+08:00