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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The quote Leckie recites, "Without a sign, his sword the brave man draws, and asks no omen, but his country's cause.", while he and his fellow Marines eat before landing on Guadalcanal, is from the ancient Greek poet Homer
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In a scene near the beginning, a group of marines is briefed. They stand before a large world map on the wall. Supposedly it's December 1941. On the map, Iceland is marked as Nazi-occupied territory. However, Iceland was never occupied by the Germans. In fact, there were some 40,000 US soldiers on the island even when the US was still neutral. 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