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By Charles Walker


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

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

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He looked up at me, still laughing. “I’ve been plugged three times. Golly! ” Such was the courage of those Marines. I suspected some of the wounds the Marines suffered came from our own rifle fire, a case of mistaken identity. Just as Sergeant Hoffman and I had nearly reached our position in the line I heard a Bren carrier roaring down by McCarthy’s location. I found that Bob Campbell of our Company H had brought up a carrier to rescue the Marines still mixed with the Japanese in the high grass.

We kept the tent side nearest the back trail open. This proved to be a blessing a few nights later. Since we were attached to Company E for rations, our weapons platoon ate two meals each day, early morning and late afternoon. The kitchen was located near the center of the Company E line. During daylight hours we rotated men so no portion of our defensive position was overly weakened. At night, everyone rotated two hours on duty, two hours off. We had been told the enemy favored a night attack.

Artillery fire was adjusted in front of the Third Battalion of the 164th Infantry, as the jungle was thick and the enemy hard to see. They had no decent fields of fire. A final attack near daylight on October 27 by the 16th Infantry was quickly beaten off. The 16th Regiment had little luck the past day and night. The North Dakota National Guard troops of the 164th Infantry ruled the battlefield. During this battle on the twenty-sixth the Japanese who had broken through the line during the first night of battle became bothersome.

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