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®'s The Pacific .

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

When a young Texan named R.V. Burgin joined the Marines 1942, he never imagined what was waiting for him a world away in the Pacific. There, amid steamy jungles, he encountered a ferocious and desperate enemy in the Japanese, engaging them in some of the most grueling and deadly fights of the war.

In this remarkable memoir, Burgin reveals his life as a special breed of Marine. Schooled by veterans who had endured the cauldron of Guadalcanal, Burgin's company soon confronted snipers, repulsed jungle ambushes, encountered abandoned corpses of hara-kiri victims, and warded off howling banzai attacks as they island-hopped from one bloody battle to the next. In his two years at war, Burgin rose from a green private to a seasoned sergeant, fighting from New Britain through Peleliu and on to Okinawa, where he earned a Bronze Star for valor.

With unforgettable drama and an understated elegance, Burgin's gripping narrative stands alongside those of classic Pacific chroniclers like Robert Leckie and Eugene Sledge--indeed, Burgin was even Sledge's platoon sergeant. Here is a deeply moving account 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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