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From Bugle Boy to Battleship:
A Battle of Saipan and Guam Veteran's Memoirs

by Lloyd Glick as told to Walt Goodridge


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INTRODUCTION:

An Uncommon Meeting

At one point during our months' long email correspondence, Lloyd 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 of 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 discoversaipan.com 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, but perhaps I'll share more about that later....Meanwhile, here are some of the personal photos and information Lloyd shared with me, along with just a bit of our email correspondence.




Of Bands and Bombardments


Lloyd front row on left sitting on chain

For those of us who are not war buffs familiar with such things, it may come as a surprise that there would be a 20-piece band aboard a battleship during war time. Learn a little more about what life was life as a swing band member aboard the USS North Carolina. It's fascinating!

St. Joseph Military Academy, circa 1930

Lloyd: "This is a very old photo, taken in about 1930 or so. My parents had placed me in St. Joseph Military Academy in Rio Vista, CA, where I remained for two years during the depth of the depression. I doubt you can enlarge it, nor is it particularly germane to my Navy service. I just thought you might like a peek."--Lloyd

Walt: You'd be surprised what we can do with Photoshop! And, for the record, it's absolutely positively relevant! It shows a consistent thread of military service in your life, and people are curious to know more about you, the person, not just you the service member!"--Walt

Lloyd: "This photo was taken in Pearl Harbor in 1943 one day when I was in town on liberty while our ship was at the Navy Yard for repairs. This was taken at a little photo booth in Honolulu. I was age 19. I think I paid 50 cents for the picture."


Lloyd Glick and the Battle of Saipan

The USS North Carolina--among other ships in the fleet-- participated in the Battle of Saipan--the bloodiest battle of World War II's Pacific Campaign, as well as the Battle of Guam. The North Carolina was a battleship that provided bombing support prior to the US ground troop invasion of the island.


Return to Guam and Saipan

71 years later, at age 90, Lloyd and his wife of 30 years, Judy, arranged a cruise of the Pacific which included a scheduled stop on the islands of Guam and Saipan. This would be the first time he'll return to the region, but now things are lot different.
Blog post & photos of Lloyd's hero's welcome on GUAM


Blog post & photos of Lloyd's hero's welcome on SAIPAN



Lloyd in the news (and Facebook!):


Check out these articles about Lloyd in:

"WWII veteran returns to Guam: Navy sailor reflects on decades-old memories" by Cameron Miculka | Pacific Daily News Feb 4, 2014


"90-year-old Battle of Saipan Navy veteran returns after 71 years for WWII pilgrimage" | The Saipan Tribune Jan 28, 2014


"Reluctant Hero: An open letter to Lloyd Glick" | The Saipan Tribune 2/5, 2014


"90-year-old World War II veteran cruising in for tour" | Guam Marianas Variety Jan 31, 2014


"90-year old-veteran honored with medallion, commemorative flag" | Marianas Variety Saipan Feb 5, 2014


"1K aboard Crystal Serenity visit Saipan" | Saipan Tribune Feb 5, 2014


"From Trumpet to War Guns" | Saipan Tribune Feb 5, 2014


Guam responds 858 likes and counting! Comments on Guam PDN Facebook


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Pacific News Center Video
Glick on Guam - "Glick on Guam"
Media note: Author's name is Walt Goodridge, NOT Walter.
and to contact Lloyd through this site, email
bugleboy@bestofsaipan.com

More to come!

Making the arrangements for Lloyds brief return to Saipan, I've had a chance to get to know him, his background and to learn things about the Pacific campaign. It inspired me to create this book based on his memories of that time.

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Saipan Tribune Article 1:

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90-Year Old Battle of Saipan Navy Veteran Returns After 71 Years

FEB 1, 2014-Saipan, Northern Mariana Islands-- 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 (even though he never attended the university), took his desire to serve his country, his lifelong passion for music ( at 12 years old, he'd been the bugler for his boy scout camp) 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.

"I really believe that I grew and matured during my over two years aboard North Carolina," Lloyd recalls. "I was still a relatively naïve kid when I went aboard; I had never even owned or used a razor. I was age 19 when I went aboard and 21 when I left the ship. And yes, I had by then used my first razor."

The North Carolina participated in bombings of Palau, Pohnpei, Marshall Islands. Lloyd found himself on the islands of In interviewing Lloyd for this series of articles, I was fascinated by his accounts of the role that music played in the daily lives of sailors while at sea as well as ashore.

Japan surrendered after the US bombing of Hiroshima. During a refueling stop just off the coast of Japan while awaiting the call to enter the Japanese harbor at the time of Japan's signing of the peace treaty, Lloyd's band was replaced and were was sent back to the US on another vessel.

Seventy-one years later, at age 90, he and his wife of 30 years, Judy, arranged a cruise of the Pacific which includes a scheduled stop on the islands of Guam and Saipan.

"Our band never did get to actually go into Japan with her [USS North Carolina]," Lloyd recalls. "So this up-coming cruise to Saipan and eventually Japan will, in a way, be a finish to a long journey that started in New Caledonia in 1943." This will be the first time Lloyd has been back to Saipan in 71 years.

"After the war, I have played in many different bands, both so-called (big) swing bands and professional –level community groups. In 1990, upon my retirement from the Automobile Club of Southern California, I joined the Los Angeles Police Department Band, playing for Department graduations and other official functions. In 1995 I accepted appointment as a reserve police officer and became the LAPD department bugler. I remained as both a reserve officer and as the bugler until my retirement from those positions three months ago."

I'll be publishing more fascinating details from my months long email interviews with Lloyd and will be touring with Lloyd and his wife upon his arrival on Saipan.Stay tuned! For more information on his Feb 4 tour itinerary, to ask questions, etc., contact Lloyd at bugleboy@bestofsaipan.com ###


Press Release on Guam:

90-year-old Battle of Guam Navy veteran returns to Guam after 71 years for WWII pilgrimage

Born in California on Dec. 28, 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 (even though he never attended the university), took his desire to serve his country, his lifelong passion for music (at 12 years old, he’d been the bugler for his Boy Scout camp) and his dream of attending the prestigious U.S. 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 U.S. Navy as a way of entering its 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.

For those of us who are not war buffs familiar with such things, it may come as a surprise that there would actually be a 20-piece band aboard a battleship during wartime. Lloyd's memories of what life was like as a swing band member aboard a U.S. battleship and recollection of the role that music played in the daily lives of sailors while at sea as well as ashore makes for fascinating reading!

"I really believe that I grew and matured during my over two years aboard North Carolina," Lloyd recalls. "I was still a relatively naïve kid when I went aboard; I had never even owned or used a razor. I was age 19 when I went aboard and 21 when I left the ship. And yes, I had by then used my first razor."

The North Carolina also participated in bombings of Palau, Pohnpei, the Marshall Islands, and other islands in the region. Lloyd found himself on or positioned near Majuro, Ulithi, Kwajalein, New Caledonia refueling, taking rest, entertaining, or actually engaged in providing bombing support in the battles against the Japanese empire.

Japan ultimately surrendered after the U.S. bombing of Hiroshima. During a refueling stop just off the coast of Japan while awaiting the call to enter the Japanese harbor at the time of Japan’s signing of the peace treaty, Lloyd’s band was replaced and were as sent back to the U.S. on another vessel.

Seventy-one years later, at age 90, he and his wife of 30 years, Judy, have arranged a cruise of the Pacific that includes a scheduled stop on the islands of Guam and Saipan.

"Our band never did get to actually go into Japan with her [USS North Carolina]," Lloyd recalls. "So this upcoming cruise to Saipan and eventually Japan will, in a way, be a finish to a long journey that started in New Caledonia in 1943."

This will be the first time Lloyd has been back to this region in 71 years.

"After the war, I have played in many different bands, both so-called [big] swing bands and professional-level community groups. In 1990, upon my retirement from the Automobile Club of Southern California, I joined the Los Angeles Police Department Band, playing for department graduations and other official functions. In 1995 I accepted appointment as a reserve police officer and became the LAPD department bugler. I remained as both a reserve officer and as the bugler until my retirement from those positions three months ago."

A special surprise

On the morning of Tuesday, Feb. 3, 2014, the cruise ship Crystal Serenity will be docking on Guam with special passenger, Lloyd Glick, aboard. The Guam Visitor's Bureau as well as the War in the Pacific National Park will be taking a few minutes out of Lloyd's tour of Guam to extend a special "Welcom to the liberator" honor at the Park on the morning of Feb 3rd.

To see a few of Lloyd’s personal photos and to read a little more about what it was like aboard the USS North Carolina in 1943, visit www.bestofsaipan.com/bugleboy.

- For more information on his Feb 3 itinerary, to ask questions, arrange interviews, etc., contact Lloyd at bugleboy@bestofsaipan.com. ###

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BONUS TRIVIA: Evolution of a cover

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I had the most challenging time deciding on the best cover for my gift to Lloyd. Here's how things developed.

At first, I went with a full cover shot of Lloyd as a boy scout. This might be intriguing enough to get people to pick it up. On the back was a shot of the band on the ship with no text.


Then, I decided to go with a full spread of the band, wrapping front to back. It was dynamic. The only drawback, however, was that because of Lloyd's position in the photo, he ended up on the back cover!


Finally, I decided to simply stay true to the title and show both the bugle boy AND the battleship on the cover!

After he sees the finished product, I'll let Lloyd decide which one he likes best! So, get this version/preview edition now before it changes!



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