On the Canal: The Marines of L-3-5 on Guadalcanal, 1942-43

On the Canal: The Marines of L-3-5 on Guadalcanal, 1942-43

by Ore J. Marion
     
 

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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

  • 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!"

  • Product Details

    ISBN-13:
    9780811731492
    Publisher:
    Stackpole Books
    Publication date:
    03/01/2004
    Series:
    Stackpole Military History Series
    Pages:
    352
    Product dimensions:
    6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (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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