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

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Penguin, Mar 2, 2010 - History - 304 pages
31 Reviews
One of the real-life heroes featured in HBO(r)'s The Pacific tells his own true story.

R.V. Burgin reveals his experiences as a Marine at war in the Pacific Theater, where Company K confronted snipers, ambushes along narrow jungle trails, abandoned corpses of hara-kiri victims, and howling banzai attacks as they island-hopped from one bloody battle to the next. During his two years of service, Burgin rose from a green private to a seasoned sergeant, and earned a Bronze Star for his valor at Okinawa.

With unforgettable drama and an understated elegance, Burgin's gripping narrative chronicles the waning days of World War II, bringing 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  - Andy Anderson - Goodreads

Easy to read and gives a great story. Puts you in the middle of the action with descriptions of how he was feeling and what he was thinking during the war. Read full review

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

User Review  - Steven - Goodreads

Very choppy and self aggrandizing. OK read. Read full review

Contents

OVERVIEWS
PELELIU AND PAVUVU
OKINAWA
Copyright

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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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