The Last Lieutenant: A Foxhole View of the Epic Battle for Iwo Jima

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"This book is an account of some of the fiercest fighting in the war with Japan - the 36-day assault on the small volcanic island known as Iwo Jima. The struggle to regain the island resulted in more the 26,000 American casualties, including 6,800 dead. Of the 20,000 Japanese defenders, only 1,083 survived. The Marines' efforts secured what would become a vital emergency landing strip for crippled B-29s returning from bombing runs." "Jim Craig was a platoon commander with the U.S. Marines on Iwo Jima. This book presents his story, as told to his
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"This book is an account of some of the fiercest fighting in the war with Japan - the 36-day assault on the small volcanic island known as Iwo Jima. The struggle to regain the island resulted in more the 26,000 American casualties, including 6,800 dead. Of the 20,000 Japanese defenders, only 1,083 survived. The Marines' efforts secured what would become a vital emergency landing strip for crippled B-29s returning from bombing runs." "Jim Craig was a platoon commander with the U.S. Marines on Iwo Jima. This book presents his story, as told to his nephew. John C. Shively confirmed the details of his uncle's account and filled out the story with research at the Marine Corps Archives at Quantico and a careful review of the many books and memoirs of the invasion. Lieutenant Craig's view of the fighting was decidedly narrow. He had a specific job to do on a narrowly defined part of the island. At any given moment, his battle of Iwo Jima was confined to the 25 yards around his platoon." The Last Lieutenant is an account of some of the most intense fighting of the Pacific War. The immediacy of the story is heightened by the detailed descriptions that Shively's research has added to Craig's recollections.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780451220707
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 10/3/2006
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 580,543
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.02 (h) x 0.57 (d)

Meet the Author

John C. Shively is a practicing physician with a long-time interest in World War II. He lives in West Lafayette, Indiana.

Indiana University Press

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Note on Abbreviations

Prologue
1. Prelude to War
2. Growing Up in Indiana
3. From Civilian to Marine Rifle Platoon Leader
4. Movement to the Objective
5. Welcome to Hell
6. Into the Meat Grinder
7. Return to Camp Maui
8. Occupation Duty
9. Going Home
10. War and Valor
Epilogue

Notes
Bibliography
Index

Indiana University Press

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 26, 2008

    Iwo Jima as it was for the front line Gyrene.

    The author records the events as they unfolded for a young Hoosier during WWII. He takes the reader along the path his uncle walked bfore the war and during his transformation into a Marine. Eventually his fate placed him on 19 February 1945 on the blood soaked black sands of Iwo Jima. The historical context and significance in which this epic battle took place is brought to light, but this primarily is a personal rendition of what this Marine endured as he led his platoon of brave Marines in one of the most bloody battles in Marine Corps history. This very personal accounting of the carnage and brutality of the events the young lieutenant from Indiana experienced are appalling. This is a history lesson that is limited to as far as the next machine gun nest or pillbox. This is not a global account of the battle as told from a historical section of the Marine Corps. This book contains names and personalities as we become acquainted with real people in the midst of a mortar attack. We are made aware of the unsettling nature of eminent death around every rock or ridge from a sniper and the pure whims of luck that keeps one alive in such circumstances. We feel the burden of loss of life of his fellow Marines upon this leader and how grief had to be quickly reconciled. This is a very palpable recording of events that places the reader in the heat of the battle along side someone who was there. This is not a third person statistical or strategic retrospective review of the battle. The author does a nice job pulling the events together into a cohesive story as they were recalled fifty five years after the battle. I have extensively studied this battle and have a great deal of first hand information from my Dad who was in weapons company of the 26th Marines on Iwo Jima so I can with certainty tell anyone reading this review that this is a worthwhile book to read and have in one's library for those interested in this subject.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 18, 2007

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    I read the book and gave it to a friend who was a member of the 3rd Marine Division. He was one of twenty to walk off Iwo. He said 'The authors description of the Battle is quite exact. So much so I can picture the events mentioned.'

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