| The War That Came Early |
POD: July 20, 1936;
Relevant POD: September 29, 1938
|Type of Appearance:||Direct|
Joe Orsatti was a corporal in the United States Marine Corps during the war between the United States and Japan. He was part of a five-inch gun-crew aboard the USS Boise at Manila when Japan attacked on January 12, 1941.
When a Japanese attack came, Orsatti had McGill act as shell-jerker for their gun. Combat was a bonding experience for all involved.
Orsatti served with McGill for the remainder of 1941. The two became close friends, surviving several battles with the Japanese until November of that year, when a Japanese bomber succeeded in sinking the Boise. McGill was blown into the Pacific and eventually rescued. Orsatti's fate was unknown.