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From Bugle Boy to Battleship: a Battle of Saipan and Guam Veteran's Memoir

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From Bugle Boy to Battleship: a Battle of Saipan and Guam Veteran's Memoir

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Sep 4, 2020


Born in California on December 28th, 1923, Lloyd Glick was a naive 18-year-old boy watching a movie at a theater in downtown Berkeley on Dec 7 1941, when they stopped the movie to announce Japan's bombing of Pearl Harbor. A few days after the attack, Lloyd, already an accomplished trumpet player as 2nd Trumpet Chair for the University of California Symphony, took his desire to serve his country, his passion for music, and his dream of attending the prestigous US Naval School of Music, and showed up at the Navy recruiting office in San Francisco. Four months later, with his parents' signed permission, he joined the United States Navy as a way of entering its Naval School music program. That decision would ultimately land him the position of Musician Second Class aboard the USS North Carolina as a member of the ship's band while it participated in the bombings of Saipan, Guam, Palau, Pohnpei, and battles throughout World War II's pivotal Pacific Campaign. Bugle Boy to Battleship is Lloyd's fascinating account of his two years at sea, as well as his return to visit the island of Saipan 70 years later. Bugle Boy to Battleship includes the actual emails that also tell the story of the unique relationship between Lloyd and his "tour guide" --an author living on Saipan--who became inspired by their correspondence to help Lloyd document his story for this and future generations.

Sep 4, 2020

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"Once upon a time, there was a Jamaican civil engineer living in New York City who hated his job. He followed his passion, started a sideline business publishing his own books, quit his job, escaped the rat race, ran off to a tropical island in the Pacific, and started a tourism business so he could give tours of the island to pretty girls every day! He now lives a nomadpreneur's dream life, while helping others do the same!"Read the long version at :

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From Bugle Boy to Battleship - Walt F.J. Goodridge

From Bugle Boy to Battleship

A Battle of Saipan & Guam Veteran's Memoir

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An Unusual Meeting


My name is Lloyd Glick


A Day in the Life at Sea


Lloyd's Journal


Return of the Liberator: Guam


Pacific Reprise: Saipan



The Reluctant Hero


A final word


Lloyd's Dedication:

To my wife, Judy


Thanks for the great conversation, Lloyd!—Walt

Chapter 1

An Unusual Meeting

At one point during our months-long email correspondence, Lloyd Glick sent me the following:

"Walt, I’ve reviewed much of the material I’ve sent you over the past week or two. Just out of curiosity, what is being done with this material? I am quite comfortable with our discussions, and writing these letters has brought back a lot of dormant memories. I’m just surprised that they would be of that much interest to anyone else. Keep the questions coming, if there are more."Lloyd

I pondered my reply for a moment. Should I tell him honestly and forthrightly that my secret wish was to help him write a book? Would that scare him away? I’ve learned in my role as book coach, that people often feel overwhelmed by the prospect of writing their memoirs.

At this point in our unusual online relationship, Lloyd Glick was three weeks away from his 90th birthday. He and his wife, Judy, had contacted me through my website to arrange a tour of the island of Saipan for a day in February when they would arrive by cruise ship. In the process of making the arrangements, we had struck up a unique relationship. It’s not every day a 90-year-old war veteran returns to the Pacific island he helped bomb. As an author and occasional freelance writer for the Saipan Tribune, I recognized there was definitely a human-interest story here. But, a book? Would Lloyd want to embark on such a potentially taxing project? This was a critical juncture in our unusual relationship. I opted to tell the truth…sort of.

I replied:

"Not to worry, my good sir. Absolutely nothing is being done with them at the moment, and you have my promise that nothing will be done with them without your permission/approval or the permission of anyone you authorize. I'll pull excerpts here and there for the article I said I'd like to write for the Saipan Tribune, but other than that, they are YOUR memoirs.

"By the way, they are of interest to me for many reasons. As a writer, I recognize the importance of and actually do enjoy helping people tell their stories.

"A few years ago, I helped a young lady named Chun Yu Wang—a Chinese garment factory worker here on Saipan—to write her memoirs: Chicken Feathers & Garlic Skin: Diary of a Chinese Garment Factory Girl on Saipan. The garment factories had been on Saipan for almost three decades before I got here, and started to close and disappear just as I arrived. I recognized the value of Chun Yu's story and coaxed and coached her to put pen to paper to document her story, and then we published it.

"The book succeeded in opening people's eyes to a reality that was taking place right in front of them here on Saipan, but that was—for all intents and purposes—invisible.

"I've been blessed with the foresight as well as the available time (having freed myself from corporate America to pursue my passion for writing) to do things like this. This is just what I love to do!

"I'll share another reason I enjoy these emails. As a minimalist and nomad, I've come to realize that the only thing (or so I believed) in life that cannot be replicated are photographs. Yes, photographs! I've often thought and discussed with friends that if there were ever a fire in my apartment that I had to flee, that the only thing I'd grab was my baby photo. Only one photo of me exists and there's no negative of it.

That's the only thing" I own that can't be replaced. Everything else, for the most part—books, computers, furniture—can be purchased again, but you can't go back in time to re-take a photograph.

"(Now that I've digitized all 12,000 of my photographs, if the occasion should arise, all I have to do is grab my laptop, and I'm good to go! The truth is, though, I'm also no longer as attached to that photo as I once was! Oh, how we change!)

However, since then, the other thing I've added to the list of irreplaceable things are the experiences, thought processes and recollections that people have in their minds. There's no way to retrieve them past a certain point" in time….if you get me.

"How do people think? What was it really like for them? What are the things that stand out? How have those experiences shaped them? What unique experience(s) did they have that no one knows about? What can I/we learn from their experiences? What can I/we learn about the world of a different time through a different set of eyes, ears and worldviews?

"And, while I'm not a war buff, I am very much aware that the reality of the combat experience is something that few people on the planet can relate to. You are one of those few—in 2013— who can speak intimately of a war (and anything else, for that matter) that happened in the 1940s.

"People are often just too busy to stop and pick the brains of people who have valuable thoughts and recollections or to recognize the value in doing so as it concerns their loved ones—until the opportunity is gone. Being too young and busy with

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