Hell in the Pacific: A Marine Rifleman's Journey From Guadalcanal to Peleliu

By Jim McEnery, Bill Sloan

A no-holds-barred, brutally frank memoir approximately one Marine’s lifestyles at the entrance lines—and the sacrifices, discomfort, and uncooked braveness of the boys in foxholes, locked in mortal strive against with an enemy sworn to struggle to the dying.

A MARINE RIFLEMAN’S bright, BRUTALLY CANDID MEMOIR OF existence AND loss of life ON THEFRONT strains of global warfare II within the PACIFIC

Jim McEnery’s rifle company—made well-known by means of the HBO miniseries The Pacific—fought in the most ferocious battles of worldwide struggle II. This unforgettable portrait of fellows at conflict is a chronicle of the sacrifices, anguish, and uncooked braveness of these within the foxholes, locked in mortal strive against with an implacable enemy.

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So far as I keep in mind, we didn’t take a vote of any style in this recommendation, yet a couple of seconds later 3 or 4 of my platoon buddies raised their ’03s and began taking pot pictures on the steer, roughly in unison. no less than one in all them hit the steer, and it fell over in its tracks with out creating a sound. It was once nonetheless kicking a bit whilst a half-dozen folks ran down and grabbed it and dragged it again to our traces. We needed to cook dinner the steer in sunlight simply because there has been a strict ban on fires at evening, and rather than barbecuing it, we reduce it up in chunks and boiled it in a few twenty-gallon GI cans. The Marines who’d performed the killing, skinning, and butchering have been unusually beneficiant with the beef. i feel each person in okay corporation obtained a piece or , and we even allow a number of the men in I corporation have a flavor. To me, no major filet mignon in a posh eating place ever tasted pretty much as good. WITH foodstuff BEING so scarce, most of the men within the 3rd Battalion, 5th, all started feasting on rumors—and there have been a few wild ones going round. One tale that made the rounds was once a couple of patrol that got here in after part an afternoon within the woods and advised an intelligence officer they’d discovered a batch of cosmetics and bathroom articles belonging to girls being held through the Japs. The officer instantly obtained at the mobile to department head quarters and requested for permission to arrange a rescue undertaking to loose the ladies. “A fats lot of excellent liberating them might do an outdated fart like you,” department instructed him. “Forget it and remain the place you're. ” yet after what came about at the night of August 12 (D-plus-5), a Marine would’ve needed to be completely loopy to move chasing off into the no-man’s-land to the west to try a rumor. What occurred on that date to a twenty-five-man Marine patrol led via Lieutenant Colonel Frank Goettge additionally didn’t depart us a lot time—or stomach—for puzzling over foodstuff. these invisible Japs we’d been trying to find at the back of each bush for the prior 5 days have been approximately to get all too actual. at the AFTERNOON of D-plus-5, observe reached our regimental headquarters in terms of a captured eastern sailor staff of enemy squaddies was once prepared to give up if the Marines may ship out a few troops to disencumber them and advisor them again to our strains. As I comprehend it, Colonel Goettge’s patrol integrated numerous men in intelligence, and they’d already been making plans a reconnaissance undertaking into the realm west of our Lunga element perimeter, the place lots of the Japs at the island have been allegedly targeted. considering that Geottge and his men have been going into an analogous region the place those Japs that claimed they desired to quit have been, the brass instructed him to aim to make touch with them. I’ve heard that a few of our officers—including Geottge himself—fell for this hand over tale hook, line, and sinker. Geottge rather believed his males have been on a few type of humanitarian venture as the Japs have been purported to be ravenous and a few of them badly injured. anyone even claimed to have obvious a white flag flying above one of many japanese positions.

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