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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At the briefing, Lt. Colonel Lewis B. 'Chesty' Puller is standing in front of a world map. On the map it shows the areas of Nazi Germany and Imperial Japan. In Europe, it shows Iceland under Nazi control. This was untrue, in fact in 1940 Britain invaded Iceland to keep it away from Nazi Germany known as "Operation Fork". Nazi Germany had plans to invade and take Iceland away from Britain, but could not mobilize enough supply for one. Later, U.S. Marines took control of Iceland in July 1941. Since this starts in December 1941, Iceland still would have been under U.S. Marine control, not German. Denmark, being under Nazi control, had a strong union with Iceland, but it did not mean Nazi Germany ruled Iceland. 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 ...
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