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

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Penguin, Mar 2, 2010 - History - 304 pages
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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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I finally got to read a book about one man's battles during WWII. Don't take me wrong, other books are awesome as well. Yet this is about one man and what he experienced in the Pacific. Excellent story!

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Goes hand-in-hand with Sledge's With the Old Breed. POV is from Sledge's squad leader who served from Gloucester to Okinawa. Read full review



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R.V. Burgin earned a Bronze Star for his actions in the Battle of Okinawa in 1945. He was the platoon sergeant featured in Eugene Sledge's classic memoir, With the Old Breed, and was portrayed by Martin McCann is HBO's miniseries The Pacific. He lives in Lancaster, Texas.

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