Islands of the Damned: A Marine at War in the Pacific (Google eBook)

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Penguin, Mar 2, 2010 - History - 304 pages
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This is an eyewitness-and eye-opening-account of some of the most savage and brutal fighting in the war against Japan, told from the perspective of a young Texan who volunteered for the Marine Corps to escape a life as a traveling salesman. R.V. Burgin enlisted at the age of twenty, and with his sharp intelligence and earnest work ethic, climbed the ranks from a green private to a seasoned sergeant. Along the way, he shouldered a rifle as a member of a mortar squad. He saw friends die-and enemies killed. He saw scenes he wanted to forget but never did-from enemy snipers who tied themselves to branches in the highest trees, to ambushes along narrow jungle trails, to the abandoned corpses of hara kiri victims, to the final howling banzai attacks as the Japanese embraced their inevitable defeat.

An unforgettable narrative of a young Marine in combat, Islands of the Damned brings to life the hell that was the Pacific War.

  

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Review: Islands of the Damned: A Marine at War in the Pacific

User Review  - Adam James - Goodreads

This book is not deep like Sledge's "With the Old Breed." However, it is still a great book to read. I appreciated the leadership aspect from the squad leader's position. It was refreshing to see that ... Read full review

Review: Islands of the Damned: A Marine at War in the Pacific

User Review  - Goodreads

This book is not deep like Sledge's "With the Old Breed." However, it is still a great book to read. I appreciated the leadership aspect from the squad leader's position. It was refreshing to see that ... Read full review

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OVERVIEWS
PELELIU AND PAVUVU
OKINAWA
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About the author (2010)

Bill Marvel, who grew up a few miles from the Rock Island’s western terminus in Denver, rode and photographed all over the Rock Island system before its 1980 demise. A lifelong newspaper writer, he is the author of four railroad books, numerous magazine articles and is working on a book-length narrative of the 1913 -1914 Colorado coal war. He lives in Dallas, Texas.

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