On the Canal: The Marines of L-3-5 on Guadalcanal, 1942-1942

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  • A straightforward, gripping tale from the Marines that stormed ashore on Guadalcanal in World War II
  • Told with humor and honesty in a no-holds-barred approach that only a Marine who was there could tell

Excerpt on firing a rifle grenade: "I jammed the rifle stock tight against my shoulder, raised myself up off the ground to a kneeling position, and squeezed the trigger. The rifle went bang! and the recoil jarred it loose from my grip. The ...

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Overview

  • A straightforward, gripping tale from the Marines that stormed ashore on Guadalcanal in World War II
  • Told with humor and honesty in a no-holds-barred approach that only a Marine who was there could tell

Excerpt on firing a rifle grenade: "I jammed the rifle stock tight against my shoulder, raised myself up off the ground to a kneeling position, and squeezed the trigger. The rifle went bang! and the recoil jarred it loose from my grip. The rifle smacked me hard in the jaw. With that, I went down on my face while the little bluebirds started going tweet, tweet, tweet around my head.--'Did I hit it?' I asked.--'Yeah, you hit it,' Flash said. 'The damn thing just didn't work.'--We finally ran into somebody from another unit, a guy who really understood how the new style grenade was supposed to work. We explained our misfortune to him, and he asked us did you pull the firing pin out . . . The god damn pin!"

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780811731492
  • Publisher: Stackpole Books
  • Publication date: 4/10/2004
  • Series: Stackpole Military History Series
  • Pages: 352
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 8.88 (h) x 0.81 (d)

Meet the Author

Ore J. Marion was a master sergeant in the United States Marine Corps and fought in World War II. He later became a journalist after the war.
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Table of Contents

Introduction 1
Chapter 1 Late July-Early August 1942 17
Chapter 2 Our Journey to Guadalcanal 53
Chapter 3 The Second Half of August 1942 71
Chapter 4 September 1942 109
Chapter 5 October 1942 147
Chapter 6 November and Early December 1942 187
Chapter 7 Three Guadalcanals 221
Chapter 8 The Cobbers 261
Epilogue: A Note on Iwo Jima 289
Postscript 297
A Guadalcanal Glossary 299
Index 309
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