WWII Battle Poem Found by Vet’s Son
Charles Lindenschmidt rarely talked about the war, but some things never left his mind:
Bloody Knoll, the Battle of the Tenaru, those who “fought like hell” and the lives lost “we dare not tell.”
The U.S. Marine enlisted during World War II and was deployed to the South Pacific island of Guadalcanal, where the Allies fought the Pacific campaign against the Japanese after the attack on Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941.
“Remember Pearl Harbor, they say that was hell,” a poem he wrote while overseas read. “But they should have been on Guadalcanal.”
Lindenschmidt’s inability to talk about the horrors of war remained a mystery for his son. After his father’s death in 1984 at 62, Tim Lindenschmidt began to dig into his family history and found the poem his father titled “Fighting men of Guadalcanal.”
Charles Lindenschmidt loved to read, Tim said, but “Fighting men of Guadalcanal” is the first evidence that suggests his father might have turned to writing for comfort.