Outmanned and with supplies low, Basilone and other marines on Guadacanal rally to repel superior Japanese forces.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
PFC Eugene Sledge (as Joe Mazzello)
Pvt. Cecil Evans
PFC Billie Joe Crumpton


By October 1942, the Marines on Guadalcanal are fighting hunger and the jungle as well as the Japanese. The arrival of an Army unit helps somewhat but the Marines realize just how under-equipped they are by comparison. The Japanese are reinforcing their troops with ease and the men are facing nightly attacks at Henderson Field. Sgt. John Basilone takes charge during a particularly powerful Japanese attack and is recommended for a medal. He loses a close friend however. Back home Eugene Sledge, no longer needing his father's permission to sign up, announces he is going to enlist in the Marines. Written by garykmcd

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21 March 2010 (USA)  »

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The .30 caliber machine gun ammo in the belts carried by the actors have obviously empty primer pockets, showing they are dummy rounds. See more »


Relief Cook: [Seeing maggot in the food he's just served to a marine] Look at it as meat.
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Honor - Main Title Theme From The Pacific
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25 March 2010 | by (Germany) – See all my reviews

I don't know but despite the splendid scenery and setting, the props and the gripping general war atmosphere "The Pacific" lacks the particular notion that made "Saving Private Ryan" and many episodes of "Band of Brothers" so uniquely terrific, realistic and moving. If you read the summary of this episode on HBO or even listen to Tom Hank's intro at the beginning of this episode it sounds so exciting and thrilling and still I can't feel the same when watching it. Is it the acting? Is it the script? Is it the directing? I mean they say it took four months of fighting and suffering and hardships but we only see the Marines nicking supplies from the army. Remember the episodes about the Battle of the Ardennes in BoB - that impressed me and showed the hardships the troops had to endure. And did the Japanese fighting on Guadacanal really resemble the war tactics of bad video games? Sending wave after wave into deadly machine gun fire in the vain hope of ridding the Marines of their ammo? What is depicted in the series so far is no fierce and cruel close-combat but clay-pigeon shooting. The only obvious danger for the Marines was the naval bombardment. I hope the episodes to come increase in quality because otherwise it must say the series becomes a disappointment more and more.

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