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 existence at the entrance lines—and the sacrifices, pain, and uncooked braveness of the boys in foxholes, locked in mortal wrestle with an enemy sworn to struggle to the dying.

A MARINE RIFLEMAN’S vibrant, BRUTALLY CANDID MEMOIR OF existence AND loss of life ON THEFRONT strains of worldwide conflict II within the PACIFIC

Jim McEnery’s rifle company—made recognized by means of the HBO miniseries The Pacific—fought in one of the most ferocious battles of worldwide conflict II. This unforgettable portrait of fellows at battle is a chronicle of the sacrifices, pain, and uncooked braveness of these within the foxholes, locked in mortal wrestle with an implacable enemy.

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I virtually made my outdated guy $20,000 richer at the present time, yet i suppose he’ll need to wait your time. ” I felt like overall crap, yet i attempted to stick busy to maintain from considering. Sergeant John Kelly, our 3rd in command as platoon advisor within the First Platoon, had simply made lieutenant the day earlier than. Now he used to be subconscious at the floor, shot throughout the physique and bleeding like a caught hog. A corpsman did his top to forestall the bleeding and patch up Kelly’s wound, and that i went over to determine approximately him. “Is he gonna make it? ” I requested.

Oh God, Mac,” he stated. “You imagine we’re ever gonna get off this rattling island? ” I simply stared again at him for a moment whereas I fought off the urge to punch him within the face. “Damn right,” I stated. “I’ll get off this son of a complain, and you may make publication on it—but I ain’t so convinced approximately you. ” IN past due OCTOBER, my previous First Platoon misplaced the most effective front-line leaders I ever knew while Lieutenant Scoop Adams used to be transferred to the K/3/5 command publish to turn into the corporate exec. He really simply swapped jobs with Lieutenant Rex McIlvaine, the previous okay corporation exec, who took over for Adams as chief of the 1st Platoon.

There have been at the very least one other hundred men during this moment wave, and that i used to be squarely within the center. i spotted that PFC invoice Landrum, the assistant chief of my outdated squad, who’d shared a foxhole with me on our first evening on Guadalcanal, used to be simply 3 or 4 men to my correct. correct earlier than we jumped off, I’d heard Landrum inform the Marine subsequent to him, “Just supply your soul to the Lord, and let’s cross! ” We went all over the trench the place the most eastern line were, however it had already fallen to items. the 1st wave of the cost had thoroughly ruptured the enemy line.

Whaling, which slipped around the river and made a difficult march into the hills past, so much folks sat the place we have been and attempted to attend out the elements. regrettably, although, the rain stored pouring down all day, and our major strength not often moved in any respect. approximately nightfall that night, the Japs east of the Matanikau attempted to wreck out of the loop we’d closed round them. there has been a foul hand-to-hand struggle among a few platoon of Raiders and a miles greater enemy strength. many of the Raiders have been killed, yet they made the Japs pay a heavy cost for breaking out of the loop.

I’m gonna cross up there and wipe out the total rattling bunch of these assholes,” he stated, gesturing on the ridge above us together with his BAR. “No, you’re not,” I acknowledged, grabbing him via the shoulders. “You’re the best BAR males within the platoon, and that i ain’t lettin’ you get your self killed for nothin’, so simply cool off. you could deal with this, child. Hell’s bells, you gotta deal with it. ” Mace sank all the way down to the coral and diminished his head. “But why’d he need to come again? ” he stated. “Why couldn’t the dummy simply take his million-dollar wound and move domestic?

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