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
Did You Know?
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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The map of the world showing the Axis powers' extent shows Iceland as Nazi occupied - although a plan to invade Iceland was drawn up during WWII, the island was never invaded or occupied by Germany. The British occupied the officially neutral Iceland in May 1940, replaced by the USA in July 1941. So at the time of Episode 1, December 1941, Iceland was occupied by the USA, not the Nazis. 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