From The Library


After re-reading the Chesty Puller biography, I’ve gone on a kick of reading WW2 Pacific Theatre memoirs, including Robert Leckie’s Helmet for My Pillow, and Eugene Sledge’s With the Old Breed, both of which were used as the basis for the HBO Mini-Series The Pacific. I first read both of those when I was in grade school, in the old mass-market Ballentine Books printing. Even at the age of 9 or 10, I remember them being awe-inspiring, at the feats those guys put up with. Re-reading them as an adult, with my own combat experiences behind me, I can say, unequivocably, those guys were legitimately bad ass. At the end of the day, shooting bad guys is shooting bad guys, but the in-between times are different, and sometimes dramatically so. I suspect that studying these old memoirs will be of far more value, in the event of a…

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Author: Alfred E. Neuman

71 year old geek, ultra-conservative patriot.