The U.S. had taken another island in the Pacific. Aboard a destroyer a young Navy surgeon was actor and spectator in one of the thousands of throat-tightening epilogues that follow the thundering drama of battle. He described it in this letter to his sister:
WHAT THE DOCTOR SAW
The names aren't real, the rest is.
It was three days after the major part of the battle had ended and we were out a few miles from the island patrolling our little sector of ocean, swinging back and forth in huge figures of eight. The noise and colors of battle were gone. The bombing had...