On December 7, 1941, Pearl Harbor was brutally attacked by Japanese war planes, forever changing the history of the world. Thousands of miles away, Joseph Friedman was living on a small farm in Flemington, New Jersey, handling many chores during the day and discussing the war in the evening. Less than a year later, Friedman’s own life would change forever when he joined the Marine Corps and shipped overseas to begin a twenty-seven month journey into wartime. Friedman narrates a compelling and harrowing story as he chronologically describes his experiences as a Marine private during World War II, commencing with his swearing-in ceremony in downtown New York City. As he details rigorous marches during basic training, tenacious patrols through the South Pacific jungles, fierce battles with the enemy, and terror as he huddled in foxholes and witnessed the unleashing of war’s fury, Friedman offers a moving portrayal of the powerful human emotions that sustained every soldier—comradeship, duty, and loyalty to their fellow brothers-in-arms. In God Shared My Foxholes, Joseph Friedman offers not only his own personal reflections, but also a lasting tribute that acknowledges the indomitable courage and incredible sacrifices of all who served during World War II.
Joseph Friedman was born in Brooklyn, New York. He proudly served his country as a Combat Marine with the Fleet Marine Force during World War II in three major South Pacific campaigns over a span of twenty-seven months. He currently lives and works in South Florida.