Tom Hanks Talks The Pacific Mini-Series

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How much am I looking forward to Tom Hanks’ return to World War II, this time in the Pacific theater, with the epic mini-series “The Pacific”? So much that I’m even contemplating signing up for HBO just so I can see the episodes as they are rolled out on their first-runs, instead of waiting for the DVD or, ahem, using other means to see them, the way I did with “Band of Brothers”. Collider recently had a chance to talk to Hanks about “The Pacific”, and here are the highlights.

Via:

Collider: I was going to ask you specifically about “The Pacific”. How is that going?

Tom Hanks: It’s half-way done. There are going to be 10 hours in there I think we just started our 5th hour down there.

Collider: And how would you compare it to “Band of Brothers”?

Tom Hanks: It has to be different because it just can’t be the same theme. It’s not as clean as “Band of Brothers”. “Band of Brothers” came from Ambrose’s book and we bought 4 or 5 books and they were like…we just happened to be able to intersect them. And we can’t just go back and re-create World War II one more time. You have to make it a much more personal saga and also the nature of warfare in the South Pacific was so different than say liberating Holland. So it’s going to be tougher. It’s going to be a hard…I mean to watch…it’s going to be a harder series.

Wow, are you kidding me? “The Pacific” is going to be “harder” than “Band of Brothers”? That’s saying a lot, because “Band of Brothers” was pretty damn brutal at certain points.

Now I’m REALLY looking forward to this…

Tom Hanks Talks The Pacific Mini-Series

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  • Thomas Domasky

    RE: Tarawa -“The Pacific”

    Dear Mr. Hanks,

    I wanted to tell you that in the old film clips of Tarawa where the Marines finally take the bunker at Tarawa (the focus of the battle), the 21 year old with the flame thrower was my father, Corporal Robert Domasky. How do I know, he was the only one with the flame thrower and identified himself to us. There were only seven left from the group that gunny lead to stop the machine guns on the bunker. The machine guns were slaughtering the 2nd and 3rd waves who couldn’t get to shore without wading in (tide went down). He was in the first wave and got ashore. He was in a special attachment of engineers. He told me they exchange the bunker more times than he could remember (each time they retook the bunker they killed the wounded Japanese – the Janpanese also killed the wounded Mariens when they retook the bunker).

    My father passed away 5 years ago but just for the record, he would want me to tell you, it was gunny who lead the marines on the attack of the bunker not the lieutentant who was awarded the CMH. At the end, gunny told the rest (from atop of the bunker), “You can do what you want, I’m staying.” They all stayed with gunny. My father was wounded in the leg on the last day of the battle (lasted three days). Incidentally, my father was one of those marines who jumped over the coconut retaining wall (said it was the dummiest thing he ever did but as a squad leader thought he was supposed to and expected other to follow – they didn’t but that’s another story).

    Probably won’t see this but I owed it to my dad to write it.

    Thomas Domasky
    Sacramento, CA

    • http://FredericLumiere.com/ Frederic Lumiere

      Thomas,

      Could you contact me regarding your father?

      You can send me an email from the contact me link on my website:

      http://www.fredericlumiere.com/Frederic_Lumiere/CONTACT.html

      Thank you,

      Frederic

    • Tom Cook

      Mr. Domasky,

      I was researching to find out if the Tarawa Battle would be included in HBO’s “The Pacific” — and came across your letter to Tom Hanks. Thank you for sharing that first-hand information about your Father and others on Tarawa. The sacrifices, determination and bravery of U.S. Marines in the Tarawa Battle were incredible. Do you know if this heroic Marine battle will be included in The Pacific ? I ask because I see most of the Marine’s major Pacific War battles listed in the HBO serie’s 10-show description (episode titles) ….but no title with “Tarawa” included in it. p.s., How proud and awed you must be of your Father!

    • Dave Barrett

      Dear Thomas,

      I too would like to thank you for sharing part of your father’s story. I believe it is extremely important to record these stories and preserve them for future generations; so in that vein I’d like to make a plug to anyone reading this.

      Since last summer I have been working with the umbrella organization Volunteers of America and specifically for the Veterans History Project to capture the stories of our WWII Vets (although the project is open to all Vets from WWII to the present). To date I completed five; they include: a Japanese American, a member of MIS, who served as a war crimes interpreter in the Philippines and Japan immediately after the war, a Japanese American who served in the 442nd Battalion and is a Medal of Honor Recipient, a ball turret gunner who served on a B-17 and was shot down over France on his 12th mission, an anti-aircraft battery communication officer who served in North Africa, Sicily, Italy, France, and Germany, and a tail gunner who served on a B-29, was shot down his 6th mission against Nagoya, and was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross. My next interview is with a Cryptographic Technician who served with the Army in the Pacific Theater.

      In Colorado we do video interviews of the guys (some states are still doing audio). Once finished, the interviews are sent to the Library of Congress for cataloging and then into the National Archives as a permanent record.

      David Barrett

  • Thomas Domasky

    RE: Tarawa -“The Pacific”

    Dear Mr. Hanks,

    I wanted to tell you that in the old film clips of Tarawa where the Marines finally take the bunker at Tarawa (the focus of the battle), the 21 year old with the flame thrower was my father, Corporal Robert Domasky. How do I know, he was the only one with the flame thrower and identified himself to us. There were only seven left from the group that gunny lead to stop the machine guns on the bunker. The machine guns were slaughtering the 2nd and 3rd waves who couldn’t get to shore without wading in (tide went down). He was in the first wave and got ashore. He was in a special attachment of engineers. He told me they exchange the bunker more times than he could remember (each time they retook the bunker they killed the wounded Japanese – the Janpanese also killed the wounded Mariens when they retook the bunker).

    My father passed away 5 years ago but just for the record, he would want me to tell you, it was gunny who lead the marines on the attack of the bunker not the lieutentant who was awarded the CMH. At the end, gunny told the rest (from atop of the bunker), “You can do what you want, I’m staying.” They all stayed with gunny. My father was wounded in the leg on the last day of the battle (lasted three days). Incidentally, my father was one of those marines who jumped over the coconut retaining wall (said it was the dummiest thing he ever did but as a squad leader thought he was supposed to and expected other to follow – they didn’t but that’s another story).

    Probably won’t see this but I owed it to my dad to write it.

    Thomas Domasky
    Sacramento, CA

    • http://FredericLumiere.com Frederic Lumiere

      Thomas,

      Could you contact me regarding your father?

      You can send me an email from the contact me link on my website:

      http://www.fredericlumiere.com/Frederic_Lumiere/CONTACT.html

      Thank you,

      Frederic

    • Tom Cook

      Mr. Domasky,

      I was researching to find out if the Tarawa Battle would be included in HBO’s “The Pacific” — and came across your letter to Tom Hanks. Thank you for sharing that first-hand information about your Father and others on Tarawa. The sacrifices, determination and bravery of U.S. Marines in the Tarawa Battle were incredible. Do you know if this heroic Marine battle will be included in The Pacific ? I ask because I see most of the Marine’s major Pacific War battles listed in the HBO serie’s 10-show description (episode titles) ….but no title with “Tarawa” included in it. p.s., How proud and awed you must be of your Father!

    • Dave Barrett

      Dear Thomas,

      I too would like to thank you for sharing part of your father’s story. I believe it is extremely important to record these stories and preserve them for future generations; so in that vein I’d like to make a plug to anyone reading this.

      Since last summer I have been working with the umbrella organization Volunteers of America and specifically for the Veterans History Project to capture the stories of our WWII Vets (although the project is open to all Vets from WWII to the present). To date I completed five; they include: a Japanese American, a member of MIS, who served as a war crimes interpreter in the Philippines and Japan immediately after the war, a Japanese American who served in the 442nd Battalion and is a Medal of Honor Recipient, a ball turret gunner who served on a B-17 and was shot down over France on his 12th mission, an anti-aircraft battery communication officer who served in North Africa, Sicily, Italy, France, and Germany, and a tail gunner who served on a B-29, was shot down his 6th mission against Nagoya, and was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross. My next interview is with a Cryptographic Technician who served with the Army in the Pacific Theater.

      In Colorado we do video interviews of the guys (some states are still doing audio). Once finished, the interviews are sent to the Library of Congress for cataloging and then into the National Archives as a permanent record.

      David Barrett

  • David Barrett

    I am a WWII Historian; as such I’m interested in everything about the war. However, I am especially pleased to see considerably more attention of late being devoted to The War in Pacific. Films like: The Great Raid, Flags of Our Fathers, Letters from Iwo Jima, the documentary Battle 360 – Enterprise, and now The Pacific, are much needed to begin giving Americans some insight into this savage and bloody par of WWII. Hopefully, by providing important context, people in our own country will begin to understand why it became a logical next step to drop two atomic bombs on Japan.

  • David Barrett

    I am a WWII Historian; as such I’m interested in everything about the war. However, I am especially pleased to see considerably more attention of late being devoted to The War in Pacific. Films like: The Great Raid, Flags of Our Fathers, Letters from Iwo Jima, the documentary Battle 360 – Enterprise, and now The Pacific, are much needed to begin giving Americans some insight into this savage and bloody par of WWII. Hopefully, by providing important context, people in our own country will begin to understand why it became a logical next step to drop two atomic bombs on Japan.

  • des

    Is this movie based on the d-day in Saipan?

  • des

    Is this movie based on the d-day in Saipan?

  • esperanza estela

    es increible estoy eperanda a que la pasen por hbo, sera una serie muy buena no mejor como la de bans of brothers pero con una calidad parecida soy d las personas que ven pelis o series d ese tipo pasadas como nuevas espero pronto la pasen

  • http://ninguna esperanza estela

    es increible estoy eperanda a que la pasen por hbo, sera una serie muy buena no mejor como la de bans of brothers pero con una calidad parecida soy d las personas que ven pelis o series d ese tipo pasadas como nuevas espero pronto la pasen

  • http://FredericLumiere.com/ Frederic Lumiere

    The Pacific doesn’t include Tarawa.

  • http://FredericLumiere.com Frederic Lumiere

    The Pacific doesn’t include Tarawa.