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Islands of the Damned: A Marine at War in the Pacific (original 2010; edition 2010)

by R. V. Burgin (Author)

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An unvarnished and moving memoir of a Marine veteran who fought his way across the Pacific Theater of World War II and whose story is featured in the HBO series The Pacific.
Title:Islands of the Damned: A Marine at War in the Pacific
Authors:R. V. Burgin (Author)
Info:NAL (2010), Edition: 1, 320 pages
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Islands of the damned : a Marine at war in the Pacific by R. V. Burgin (2010)


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First hand account of marine fighting in the Pacific against the Japanese. The brutality and terrible conditions were a revelation. ( )
  Dcameron | Jan 23, 2021 |
This review will serve as a review for two WW2 memoirs that unrelated by distance and disparate cultures are inexorably bound by the profound similarities of their wartime experiences. One was a heavy machine gunner for the German Wehrmacht and the second was a mortar gunner for the US Marine Corp. Both started as replacements but were very soon the veterans. Both served in hellishly brutal campaigns; one started at Stalingrad and fought all the way back to Germany during the retreat from Russia, the other was part of four island landings, Peleliu and Okinawa, two notable for their US casualties, as part of the "Old Breed" in the Pacific. Their experiences clearly demonstrate that "War is Hell"
Not authors but storytellers as they describe the wounding and deaths of their comrades some of whom, they never knew their names. Neither side was taking prisoners and it seemed appropriate given the circumstances. Heroism abounded and ineptitude at the command level was a frequent cause of casualties. Hitler's and Tojo's ambitions sent them to a war that became a fight to the bitter end. That both survived and lived long lives enabled them to write these fitting memorials to their comrades. ( )
  jamespurcell | Apr 4, 2020 |
A wonderful first-person view of the some the most fierce fighting during WW2. R.V. Burgin is a naturally likable person and his personality and character comes through in his autobiography. Great insight on what it means to be a Marine and how one deals successfully with life in combat. ( )
  Taurus454 | Jul 13, 2018 |
There is great power in reading the story of someone that has actually been there. This is the not the back seat telling of war from the scholars desk. It is the front line experiences of a man that lived through some of the most brutal combat of the Pacific Islands during WWII.

He does no sugar coat what it was like. He tells funny things that happened. Describes training, transport, time off, as well was the trials of combat. If you want to understand what it would have been like to have been a Marine in this conflict this is the book to read.

The style is engaging and personal and the author keeps you informed of the big picture going on while he is over there but focuses on what he experienced. An excellent memoir. ( )
  Chris_El | Mar 19, 2015 |
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