Battleground Pacific

Battleground Pacific

A Marine Rifleman's Combat Odyssey in K/3/5

Book - 2012
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A POWERFULLY WROUGHT MEMOIR BY A MEMBER OF WWII'S FABLED 1ST MARINE DIVISION

Sterling Mace's unit was the legendary "K-3-5" (for Company K, 3rd Battalion, 5th Regiment of the 1st Marine Division) and his story takes readers through some of the most intense action of the Pacific War, from the seldom-seen perspective of a rifleman at the point of attack.

Battleground Pacific is filled with indelible moments that begin with his childhood growing up in Queens, New York, and his run-in with the law that eventually led to his enlistment. But this is ultimately a combat taleâe"as violent and harrowing as any that has come before. From fighting through the fiery hell that was Peleliu to the deadly battleground of Okinawa, Mace traces his path from the fear of combat to understanding that killing another human comes just as easily as staying alive. He learns that bravery often equates to stupidity, leading to the death of close friends, but also that life goes on, with death on its heels.



Battleground Pacific is one of the most important and entertaining memoirs about the Pacific theater in WWII.

Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, c2012.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9781250005052
Characteristics: xiv, 333p., [16] p. of plates : ill., maps, photograph ; 25 cm
Additional Contributors: Allen, Nick 1973-

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dpaterka
Aug 11, 2015

This book is an excellent read, Semper Fi. A companion read is "With the Old Breed: At Peleliu and Okinawa" by Eugene Sledge.

KEVIN DOWD Oct 03, 2012

another new book from the Marines in the Pacific... interesting read if you start with Sledge, read McEnery and then this...

much more stream of consiousness.. nice touches...

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