Directly following the attack on Pearl Harbor, Seargent John Basilone ships out to fight the enemy somewhere in the Pacific, and a young journalist called Robert Leckie enlists in the Marine Corps. Sidney Phillips ships off to boot camp after saying farewell to his friend Eugene Sledge, who cannot go with him due to a heart murmur. Eight months later, Phillips and Leckie, having completed boot camp are sent to secure a airfield on Guadalcanal, and to help defend it against counterattack. Written by
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During the battle of Tenaru, you can clearly see the blank rounds in the belt magazine in a close-up shot of the machine gun team. See more
Opening scene shows a Catholic Church with the manger outside and snowing. It is obviously taking place during the season of Advent/Christmas season. The church is dark and we see the candles and a statue of the virgin Mary. However, there is no sign of an Advent wreath near the altar or hanging up, which is the focal point of a Catholic church during this season. See more
PFC Robert Leckie
[Writing a letter to Vera Keller
Dear Vera, it seems a lifetime since we met outside Saint Mary's. This great undertaking for God and country has landed us in a tropical paradise, somewhere in what Jack London refers to as "those terrible Solomons." It is a garden of Eden. The jungle holds both beauty and terror in its depths, most terrible of which is man. We have met the enemy and have learned nothing more about him. I have, however, learned some things about myself. There are things men can ...
Version of Guadalcanal Diary
Written by Hans Zimmer
, Blake Neely
, and Geoff Zanelli See more