Last Man Standing: The 1st Marine Regiment on Peleliu, September 15-21, 1944

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Last Man Standing draws on never-before-published personal interviews from the controversial and bloody Peleliu campaign. Conceived to protect MacArthur's flank in the Philippines, most historians feel the operation was unnecessary after U.S. carrier raids had eliminated Japanese airpower. The men who survived the terrible slaughter describe brutal combat, often face to face, against an implacable foe. Last Man Standing highlights the actions of the legendary Col. "Chesty" Puller, who repeatedly ordered attacks ...
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Last Man Standing: The 1st Marine Regiment on Peleliu, September 15-21, 1944

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Last Man Standing draws on never-before-published personal interviews from the controversial and bloody Peleliu campaign. Conceived to protect MacArthur's flank in the Philippines, most historians feel the operation was unnecessary after U.S. carrier raids had eliminated Japanese airpower. The men who survived the terrible slaughter describe brutal combat, often face to face, against an implacable foe. Last Man Standing highlights the actions of the legendary Col. "Chesty" Puller, who repeatedly ordered attacks into the teeth of the enemy fortifications as his regiment was decimated, and Maj. Gen. William Rupertus, the division commander who refused to bring in Army reinforcements. It is an exciting account of combat action, brought to life through the Marine Corps History Division's vast oral history and photographic collection.
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World War II
“Recreates, in horrific detail, life and death on the Pacific hellhole.”

The Register-Pajaronian
“Filled with combat photos and drawing on the Marine Corps History Division’s vast oral history collection, Dick Camp provides an in-depth account of what happened at Peleliu…a detailed and moving narrative.”

"Hastily planned by the Marines – poorly supported by the Navy - savaged by horrific losss - yet the Marine infantrymen carried the day. Last Man Standing brings you their story!"

—Andrew Lubin, author of Charlie Battery; A Marine Artillery Battery in Iraq

"The book overall is very easy to read, with plenty of personal accounts adding the human element to what could have been a book full of dry tactics and numbers. It is very well illustrated with black-and-white period photos, as well as illustrations to help the reader better understand the text . . . If you enjoy this period of history, this book deserves a space on your library shelf." - IPMS

WWII History
“Working closely with two of the regiment’s battalion commanders and drawing upon additional interviews, extensive oral histories, and a treasure trove of photographs from the USMC History Division, retired Marine Corps colonel and military historian Dick Camp recreates the ferocious tempo of the battle as it was experienced by the men and their officers…Camp’s work is a richly detailed, deeply moving story of desperate combat and of valor among comrades joined against impossible odds.”

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780760334935
  • Publisher: MBI Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 1/2/2009
  • Edition description: First
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Dick Camp is a retired Marine Corps colonel and the author of Lima-6, his memoir as a Marine infantry company commander at Khe Sanh, which has been described as “an outstanding true story. A tremendous book recounting . . . the challenges of leading [young] Marines in war time.” He is also the author of Leatherneck Legends: Conversations with the Marine Corps’ Old Breed. Over his twenty-six-year career, he served with two of the five legends covered in that book. Camp is currently the vice president for museum operations at the Marine Corps Heritage Foundation in Quantico, Virginia, home of the National Museum of the Marine Corps.

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Table of Contents

Introduction ix

Chapter 1 Breakwater Of The Pacific 1

Chapter 2 The Emperor's Commanders 17

Chapter 3 Maniacal Ramparts 31

Chapter 4 Operation Stalemate 45

Chapter 5 Marine Commanders 61

Chapter 6 The Old Breed 81

Chapter 7 Rest And Recuperation 89

Chapter 8 Mounting Out 105

Chapter 9 D-Day 119

Chapter 10 The Point 143

Chapter 11 Counterattack 173

Chapter 12 Terror In The Night 183

Chapter 13 D + 1: Though They Die, They Will Defend 193

Chapter 14 D + 2: Bloody Nose Ridge 213

Chapter 15 D + 3: Into The Breach 235

Chapter 16 D + 4: Resume The Attack 251

Chapter 17 D + 5: Regiment Of Survivors 271

Chapter 18 D + 6: Enough Is Enough 279

Postscript 289

Bibliography 293

Index 301

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