Emil Bernard Poiesz, Jr.

World War II Service

32nd Division (the Red Arrow), 126th Field Artillery Battalion, Pacific Theater from April 22, 1942  – November 1, 1944


Emil served with the storied Red Arrow division in the South Pacific in the early part of the Pacific War – from before Guadalcanal until late in the “Island Hopping” phase of the war.  His division’s efforts to drive the Japanese from the territories it captured before Pearl Harbor and in the early months following were heroic and horrific.

In particular, the after action report eloquently describes the man, the men with whom he fought, and the conditions they endured in our service.

For an authoritative treatment of the campaign, see the US Army Green Book – Victory in Papua.

Emil in Papua New Guinea
Unknown location during the Papua New Guinea campaign, likely during 1942.