In honor of Veterans Day, the Friends of Fort Vancouver are hosting a discussion and book signing by Clyde Holloway, son of Stanley P. Holloway, who served as a marine in the Pacific Islands during four years of World War II. Holloway’s unit was the “Forgotten Battalion,” involved with the battles of Tulagi, Guadalcanal, Tarawa, Saipan, Guam, and Iwo Jima. Holloway will be at the Fort Vancouver Visitor Center from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 11, to read from his book, “Pacific War Marine,” which chronicles the wartime experiences of hi father.
Stanley P. Holloway didn’t say anything about the war for fifty years. Then his son started asking him questions. What followed was an outpouring of stories that spanned four years, including numerous island invasions. Holloway braved machine gun fire while Marines died around him, watched a banzai attack, survived mortar barrages and Howitzer attacks, contracted life-threatening diseases…and met the love of his life. Stanley P. Holloway’s story of survival entails not only fighting, but also dealing with the inanities of the Marine Corps, developing a deep brotherhood with fellow Marines, and coping with the death and loss that war inevitably brings.
The Visitor Center, located at 1501 E. Evergreen Blvd. in Vancouver, is part of the Fort Vancouver National Historic Site. Ample free parking is available on site. The event is free and open to the public and no RSVP is necessary. Copies of the book will be available to purchase and be signed by Holloway. The event follows the annual Veterans’ Day Parade.