By Kerry L. Lane
In Guadalcanal Marine, Kerry L. Lane recounts the darkish truth of strive against skilled through the lads of the first Marine department combating on Guadalcanal and Cape Gloucester. With 80 gripping photos and his textual content, he brings to existence the struggles of his partners as they in attaining those awesome victories. Lane, a sixteen-year-old farm boy from North Carolina, battled the japanese and rose to heroism powering a bulldozer to bridge "Suicide Creek" within the swamps on Cape Gloucester. There he led his Marine comrades to victory. Lane describes the pains of the typical Marine serving within the first grueling island crusade. In brilliant prose he tells of becoming a member of the carrier earlier than the warfare and of teaching. quickly after the stunning information of Pearl Harbor, he and his relied on comrades struggle the japanese in a single of the bloodiest battles of the Pacific. within the tropics, Lane and his partners endure malaria and dysentery, suffer jungle rot and oppressive warmth, and grapple with an enemy who fights to the loss of life. through the publication, Lane bares the event of the typical Marine and his historical global conflict II trip, revealing how one youngster grew to become a Corps hero and finally comprehensive his army profession as a lieutenant colonel. Kerry L. Lane retired from the Marines and is now the landlord and operator of publish Oak Farm in Spotsylvania, Virginia.
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Coded messages on ship movements were transmitted by electronic means to Adm. Karl Donitz’s U-boat wolf pack prowling along the treacherous shoals off the North Carolina Outer Banks. ” In Tent Camp One near New River, Maj. Gen. Alexander A. Vandegrift assembled the men he was to lead on Guadalcanal. Marine Corps headquarters now began pumping personnel into New River to bring Vandegrift’s command to war-time strength. Odd lots arrived daily. They were a motley bunch. Hundreds were young recruits only recently out of boot camp at Parris Island.
The German U-boat crews called them “fish bait” because they were sinking so many of them, but once they faced convoys with armed escorts fewer of these ships were sunk. German U-boats would surface offshore at night. Spies and saboteurs were put ashore to gather shore-based intelligence to aid U-boats at sea. Coded messages on ship movements were transmitted by electronic means to Adm. Karl Donitz’s U-boat wolf pack prowling along the treacherous shoals off the North Carolina Outer Banks. ” In Tent Camp One near New River, Maj.
We learned to eat what was being served: powdered milk, powdered-eggs, dehydrated potatoes, and hardtack biscuits. These training exercises were designed not only to give us a working knowledge of the mechanics of combat, but also to teach the basic things every Marine should know: How to love the ground, how to use it to advantage, and above all, how to live on it and in it for days at a time without impairment of physical efficiency. Our officers Preparing for Combat [ 31 ] stressed the importance of such things that would make the difference between life and death in combat.
Guadalcanal Marine by Kerry L. Lane