Islands of the Damned

Islands of the Damned

A Marine at War in the Pacific

Book - 2010
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The true story of R.V. Burgin, the real-life World War II Marine Corps hero featured in HBO#65533;'s The Pacific .

"Read his story and marvel at the man...and those like him."--Tom Hanks

When R.V. Burgin joined the U.S. Marines on November 13th, 1942, he never imagined what was waiting for him and his fellow riflemen in the Pacific Islands during World War II. From New Britain through Peleliu to Okinawa, Burgin's platoon, Company K, Third Battalion, Fifth Marine Regiment, First Marine Division, encountered a ferocious, committed, and desperate enemy in the Japanese--engaging them in some of the most harrowing and horrifying conflicts of the war.

In this harrowing memoir, R.V. Burgin reveals his experiences as a marine at war in the Pacific Theater. Schooled in Melbourne, Australia, by the veterans who had just returned from combat in Guadalcanal, Company K confronted snipers, ambushes along narrow jungle trails, abandoned corpses of hara-kiri victims, and howling banzai attacks as they island-hopped from one bloody battle to the next. During his two years of service, Burgin rose from a green private to a seasoned sergeant, and earned a Bronze Star for his valor at Okinawa.

With unforgettable drama and an understated elegance, Burgin's gripping narrative chronicles the waning days of World War II, bringing to life the hell that was the Pacific War.
Publisher: New York : NAL Caliber, 2010
ISBN: 9780451232267
Branch Call Number: 940.54 BURG
Characteristics: 296 p. : ill., maps ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: Marvel, Bill


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Apr 08, 2013

Great book. An easy read yes, but a great companion to Sledge's book "with the old breed".

May 03, 2011

Very good book. It is NOT an analysis of tactics and stategy. It is a first-hand account from an average Marine. He writes simply about what he saw, smelled, and heard. He does not glorify nor shy away from the violence of war.

Feb 23, 2011

Interesting account of a Marine's time in the Pacific war. Related to the HBO series The Pacific. Short on details. A fairly light read.

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