By October 1942, the Marines on Guadalcanal are fighting hunger and the jungle as well as the Japanese. The arrival of an Army unit helps somewhat but the Marines realize just how under-equipped they are by comparison. The Japanese are reinforcing their troops with ease and the men are facing nightly attacks at Henderson Field. Sgt. John Basilone takes charge during a particularly powerful Japanese attack and is recommended for a medal. He loses a close friend however. Back home Eugene Sledge, no longer needing his father's permission to sign up, announces he is going to enlist in the Marines.
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Around the 5:24 marker a soldier is shown with blood on his face, in the next shot a lot of the blood suddenly disappeared and one shot later it reappears. See more
The worst part about treating those combat boys from the Great War wasn't that they'd had their flesh torn - it was that they had had their souls torn out. I couldn't bear to look into your eyes one day and see no love there no spark no... no life. That would break my heart.
References Pride of the Marines
Written by Hans Zimmer
, Blake Neely
, and Geoff Zanelli See more