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Hell in the Pacific

Hell in the Pacific

A Marine Rifleman's Journey From Guadalcanal to Peleliu

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A MARINE RIFLEMAN’S VIVID, BRUTALLY CANDID MEMOIR OF LIFE AND DEATH ON THEFRONT LINES OF WORLD WAR II IN THE PACIFIC

Jim McEnery’s rifle company—made famous by the HBO miniseries The Pacific—fought in some of the most ferocious battles of World War II. This unforgettable portrait of men at war is a chronicle of the sacrifices, suffering, and raw courage of those in the foxholes, locked in mortal combat with an implacable enemy.
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  • Simon & Schuster | 
  • 320 pages | 
  • ISBN 9781451659146 | 
  • June 2013
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Hell in the Pacific: A Marine Rifleman’s Journey from Guadalcanal to Peleliu

A frank and searing combat where 92 year old Marine Jim McEnery teams up with acclaimed military historian Bill Sloan to present a visceral, inspiring, and at times heart-wrenching account of horror and heroism on the WWII Pacific front lines.

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A NICE DAY FOR A BOAT RIDE

IT WAS ABOUT 8:30 AM, August 7, 1942, when I got my first good look at the island where we were going. To me, it seemed pretty much like every other island I’d seen in the Pacific during the two months I’d been there: white sand beaches framed by clusters of dark green palm trees, with dense jungle undergrowth just behind and blue-green hills rising up in the distance.

But this island was different, and every one of us knew it. This one was supposed to be crawling with Japs, all of them itching to blow us to hell.

We were bound for a section of shoreline... see more

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