From historian and columnist in Leatherneck and Armor magazines, this is the exciting, personal account of a Marine fighter squadron in the South Pacific during the critical days of 1943 when the tide turned against the Japanese. Based on individual interviews and wartime documents, this is a thrilling narrative of the Marines who lived, and died, during the toughest battles of the entire war. It looks at the war through the eyes of some of the greatest fighter pilots of all time, including Bob Hanson, the “Maharajah of Rabaul,” and highest scoring Corsair pilot in history.






Jeff Dacus is a retired Master Sergeant of Marines who experienced tank combat in Operation Desert Storm. He is also a retired school teacher who taught U.S. history for 35 years and taught as an adjunct professor at the University of Portland.


He is a private pilot who has written numerous print articles in Leatherneck Magazine and Armor Magazine, as well as online for the Journal of the American Revolution. He participates in local veterans groups, and is a speaker at historical events and historian for the annual Northwest Colonial Festival.

Two of his articles were chosen for the Journal of the American Revolution annual volume of 2017. He has appeared as a featured guest on SiriusXM The Dave Nemo Show and on the Journal of the American Revolution Podcast "Dispatches."

He has an undergraduate degree from Portland State University and is a distinguished graduate of American Military University. He also has post-graduate degrees from Lewis and Clark College and the University of Portland.



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George Washington Inn, 939 Finn Hall Rd, Port Angeles, WA 98362, USA
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