Professor Lindstrom, who is also a member of the South Pacific WWII Museum, says he is deeply saddened by James Gwero’s passing.
“We worked hard to talk with more than 120 men and women in 1988 and 1989, to record their stories of World War II. James took me to Nabangahake village in Ambae, his home village, and in 1990 he came to be with me in Honolulu, Hawaii.
“When we were in Hawaii, he worked to transcribe these stories and sort out the relevant parts to insert in Big Wok.
“I think James enjoyed the opportunity to travel to Hawaii. We visited the Arizona Memorial, where the Japanese planes bombed USA warships. We had beach picnics a lot of times when we were there, as tourists, visiting places.
“In 2006, we both spoke to all field workers in a VKS (Vanuatu Cultural Center) workshop in Vila. We both talked about our work, and James talked about World War II history.”