Guadalcanal was a nightmare that went on for months, but something different – something special - happened there on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day in 1942.
A Marine’s Christmas letter home, and recently discovered Life Magazine photos tell of tenderness and gentleness.
Twenty years ago, Jay Maloney received a mysterious shoebox mailed to him from a distant uncle. The box was filled with letters from his dad, Joe Maloney, written decades earlier when Joe was in The Pacific with the First Marine Division. There was one letter – a special letter dated December 26, 1942 – that spoke of Christmas Eve and Christmas Day in 1942 on Guadalcanal. Just recently, Jay discovered a trove of raw photos taken by Life Magazine photographers on that same Christmas Eve and Day on Guadalcanal. All of them matched what Joe Maloney wrote home about, penned on scraps of paper from deep in that dense jungle so far away and so long ago. This film is an undiscovered story told by an eyewitness and revealed by long-gone photographers.
Listen to Jay Maloney and Patty Butler Spiers, co-directors of the WWII Guadalcanal 1942: A Christmas Story documentary, as they explain why they made the movie and why it is getting so much attention as it makes the film festival circuit. The interview was aired July 19th with Keith Simon, host of Culture Zone on KCME 88.7 FM and Jazz 93.5 FM