Combat Officer: A Memoir of War in the South Pacific by Charles Walker

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For the united states, Guadalcanal used to be a bloody seven-month fight below brutal stipulations opposed to crack jap troops deeply entrenched and decided to struggle to the demise. For Charles Walker, this terrible jungle battle–one that claimed the lives of 1,600 americans and greater than 23,000 Japanese–was only the start. at the eve of conflict, second Lt. Walker was once ordered again to the States for scientific purposes. yet there has been a struggle to be gained, and he had no purpose of lacking it.

In this devastatingly strong memoir, Walker captures the clash in all its horror, chaos, and heroism: the starvation, the warmth, the deafening explosions and stench of demise, the consistent worry damaged via moments of sheer terror. this can be the gripping story of the courageous younger American males who fought with super braveness in appalling stipulations, keen to sacrifice every little thing for his or her country.

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Iodine certainly doesn’t improve the taste of water! Earlier that afternoon I had been ordered to patrol out in the grass to the north. We had gotten out about five hundred yards when we heard an airplane coming toward us. It was an F4F Wildcat, and the pilot banked to look us over. If we had been Japanese, we would have been slaughtered. We took off our helmets and waved; he waggled his wings in return. I wanted to push farther north, to the ocean, but my section sergeants began to complain. They thought it stupid, and said so, vehemently.

John, go back to the company CP and see Captain Gossett. ” Later in the day we found the casings worked, but didn’t last long because the brass was too soft. They blew out after only a few bursts of the gun. The Japanese must have been totally frustrated; they made at least seven bombing and strafing attacks on Henderson Field. This was the biggest day yet, for our pilots and antiaircraft shot down nearly thirty enemy aircraft. The ground attacks began early in the evening, mainly against the same juncture of our Company E and the Third Battalion of our regiment who had replaced the Seventh Marines.

I became a tough, hard-nosed lieutenant from that day on. In any case, this order to move was made by our regimental commander, who should have known better; the short move was absolutely unnecessary. M. when we reached the beach. After settling down my platoon I began digging a hole in the sand for cover. Our battalion exective officer Major Ben Northridge stopped alongside. ” “Then I’m bunking in the sand with you. ” When I awoke on the morning of November 6, Ben was gone, already moving the rifle companies up the beach toward the Nalimbau River.

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