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
During the nighttime shootout on the river bank, the usual Browning M1917 water-cooled machine gun manned by Robert Lackey suddenly alternates with the M2 .50 cal machine gun. There was one shot when the muzzle flash lit up the scene that you see the long barrel of M2 .50 cal, not the M1917 with the cylindrical water-cooled jacket. 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
Happy Birthday to You
Written by Mildred J. Hill and Patty S. Hill
Performed by Jacob Pitts See more