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
The map in the briefing room clearly shows Iceland as being Nazi occupied territory. Iceland was never occupied by the Nazis. Furthermore, although Iceland stayed neutral, it allowed Britain to garrison troops on it to prevent any possible invasion. 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