Military history

With the Old Breed: At Peleliu and Okinawa

With the Old Breed: At Peleliu and Okinawa

An Alabama boy steeped in American history and enamored of such heroes as George Washington and Daniel Boone, Eugene B. Sledge became part of the war’s famous 1st Marine Division—3rd Battalion, 5th Marines. Even after intense training, he was shocked to be thrown into the battle of Peleliu, where “the world was a nightmare of flashes, explosions, and snapping bullets.”

Introduction

PART I - PELELIU: A NEGLECTED BATTLE

Chapter 1. Making of a Marine

Chapter 2. Preparation for Combat

Chapter 3. On to Peleliu

Chapter 4. Assault into Hell

Chapter 5. Another Amphibious Assault

Chapter 6. Brave Men Lost

PART II - OKINAWA: THE FINAL TRIUMPH

Chapter 7. Rest and Rehabilitation

Chapter 8. Prelude to Invasion

Chapter 9. Stay of Execution

Chapter 10. Into the Abyss

Chapter 11. Of Shock and Shells

Chapter 12. Of Mud and Maggots

Chapter 13. Breakthrough

Chapter 14. Beyond Shuri

Chapter 15. End of the Agony

Appendix: A Roll of Honor