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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The true story of R.V. Burgin, the real-life World War II Marine Corps hero featured in HBOŽ's The Pacific.

“Read his story and marvel at the man...and those like him.”—Tom Hanks

When R.V. Burgin joined the U.S. Marines on November 13th, 1942, he never imagined what was waiting for him and his fellow riflemen in the Pacific Islands during World War II. From New Britain through Peleliu to Okinawa, Burgin’s platoon, Company K, Third Battalion, Fifth Marine Regiment, First Marine Division, encountered a ferocious, committed, and desperate enemy in the Japanese—engaging them in some of the most harrowing and horrifying conflicts of the war.
In this harrowing memoir, R.V. Burgin reveals his experiences as a marine at war in the Pacific Theater. Schooled in Melbourne, Australia, by the veterans who had just returned from combat in Guadalcanal, 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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User Review  - Chris_El - LibraryThing

There is great power in reading the story of someone that has actually been there. This is the not the back seat telling of war from the scholars desk. It is the front line experiences of a man that ... Read full review

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User Review  - marshapetry - LibraryThing

Easy to listen to (excellent narrator) book about WWII stories in the Pacific. I thought it was very similar to With the Old Breed (Eugene Sledge) in style and, of course, content (because Mr. Sledge ... 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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