Islands of the Damned

Islands of the Damned

A Marine at War in the Pacific

Book - 2010
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This is an eyewitness-and eye-opening-account of some of the most savage and brutal fighting in the war against Japan, told from the perspective of a young Texan who volunteered for the Marine Corps to escape a life as a traveling salesman. R.V. Burgin enlisted at the age of twenty, and with his sharp intelligence and earnest work ethic, climbed the ranks from a green private to a seasoned sergeant. Along the way, he shouldered a rifle as a member of a mortar squad. He saw friends die-and enemies killed. He saw scenes he wanted to forget but never did-from enemy snipers who tied themselves to branches in the highest trees, to ambushes along narrow jungle trails, to the abandoned corpses of hara kiri victims, to the final howling banzai attacks as the Japanese embraced their inevitable defeat.

An unforgettable narrative of a young Marine in combat, Islands of the Damned brings to life the hell that was the Pacific War.
Publisher: New York : NAL Caliber, [2010]
Copyright Date: ©2010
ISBN: 9780451229908
Branch Call Number: 940.545973 BUR
Characteristics: 296 pages :,illustrations, 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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