By Kerry L. Lane
In Guadalcanal Marine, Kerry L. Lane recounts the darkish fact of wrestle skilled by way of the lads of the first Marine department struggling with on Guadalcanal and Cape Gloucester. With 80 gripping pictures and his textual content, he brings to existence the struggles of his partners as they in achieving those fantastic 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 shiny prose he tells of becoming a member of the carrier ahead of the conflict and of educating. quickly after the surprising information of Pearl Harbor, he and his depended 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. in the course of the publication, Lane bares the event of the typical Marine and his old international struggle II trip, revealing how one youngster grew to become a Corps hero and eventually entire his army profession as a lieutenant colonel. Kerry L. Lane retired from the Marines and is now the landlord and operator of submit Oak Farm in Spotsylvania, Virginia.
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Jim Campbell, a good buddy of mine, and I had gone back to my hometown of Hertford, North Carolina, for a weekend visit. On Sunday, December , , while returning to camp, we decided to stop in New Bern, North Carolina, for a beer. ” I was stunned. I didn’t believe that could be true. I listened for a few minutes as more bulletins came over the radio indicating it was a very large raid and serious damage had been done to our Pacific fleet. I realized it was for real when a special bulletin announced that all military personnel were to return to their duty stations immediately.
Man by man, the newly activated st Pioneer Battalion was molded together by rugged training and the sharing of hardships. Most of the men in my unit, B Company Pioneers, had enlisted in the burst of patriotic fervor following the attack on Pearl Harbor. They came from different backgrounds, different parts of the country. They were farmers, steel workers, coal miners, mountain men, and sons of the South. Some were desperately poor, others from the middle class. It was laughingly said that the farm boys from the Deep South still had manure between their toes.
Most of them would tell you that they had shoveled many a ton into the coal bin using a number- shovel. ” They would fight you at the drop of a hat. They were a fine group of young men, full of the patriotism and enthusiasm that makes good Marines. They needed capable leaders, and they needed more training for combat. The battalion commander was determined they would have both. During the short period allotted the st Marine Division before going overseas, they trained hard to sharpen their skills by participating in infantry weapons training during live firing exercises.
Guadalcanal Marine by Kerry L. Lane