Faithful Warriors is a memoir of World War II in the Pacific by a combat veteran of the 8th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division. Written with award-winning author Steven Weingartner, Ladd’s book chronicles his experiences as a junior officer in some of the fiercest fighting of the war in the Pacific. His recollections and descriptions of life--and death--on the far-flung island battlefronts of the Pacific War are vividly rendered, augmented by the recollections of a number of the men with whom he served.
This memoir tells the story of how both Ladd and the Marine Corps came of age during history’s greatest military conflict. His journey through the war is representative of many Marines in World War II: training outside of San Diego just before the war, awaiting the Japanese attack after Pearl Harbor as part of the Marine garrison on Samoa, surviving the savage fighting on Guadalcanal, resting and recuperating afterwards in New Zealand; participating in the bloodbath on Tarawa; recovering in Hawaii after being wounded; and returning to face combat yet again on Saipan and Tinian.
Ladd is at his best when he is describes exactly what he saw, heard, and smelled within the mythical 50-yard circle of his foxhole. From his narrative we learn of the bravery of men who mustered the courage to scramble down the nets for the landing craft, after facing the veteran’s fatalistic fear that one's luck in surviving the next battle would surely run out and knowing the ferocity that would come.
|Publisher:||Naval Institute Press|
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|File size:||3 MB|
About the Author
Steven Weingartner: Steven Weingartner is an historian and writer specializing in military history and military affairs, is the recipient of the 1998 Carl Sandburg Award for Nonfiction for Lala’s Story: A Memoir of the Holocaust (written with Lala Fishman). He lives in La Grange Park, IL, where he contributes articles to magazines and journals and serves as a consultant and commentator for the History Channel.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This historical account of Ladd and Weingartner of three of the Marines bloodiest battles is brilliant in many respects. The on-the-scene reports of Dean Ladd, a Marine officer, who fought with B18, presents an eyewitness account of the bravery and brutal death and injury which so many Marines suffered in these battles. Ladd details his life with the Marines from the time he enlisted as a high school senior in the Organized Reserve Battalion in Spokane--a military sojourn which was to last 30 years. An historian and specialist in military history and affairs, Steve Weingartner is the recipient of the 1998 Carl Sandburg Award for Nonfiction for Lala's Story: A Memoir of the Holocaust. Weingartner has a keen eye and ear for the uniqueness of each battle, the challenges of the different terrains and the changing dynamic of the mission. He has succeeded brilliantly in capturing the human characteristics of each of the Marines who contributed to the book. Weingartner conducted interviews over a period of approximately five years with Dean Ladd, George Stein, Dick Stein, John Murdock, Bill Crumpacker and others--all of whom are alive today. Weingartner was able to stir the memories of these 80 "somethings" and found that their recall and personal accounts of these battles are still quite vivid. Each contributor survived--some with wounds they will carry to their graves. They are modest about their bravery under impossible barriers to their mission and fatalistic about the brutality they lived through. Neither do they consider their bravery to be heroic. In the words of Company Commander, John Murdock, "It was their job! That's what they were getting paid to do." The foreward by Geeneral O.K. Steele, USMC (RET.), 2nd Marine Division, describes the book as "some of the most powerful descriptions of combat that I have ever read." Weingartner has successfully captured the nuances of each Marine as a warrior and human being with unique fears, flaws and brilliant feats of heroism. "Faithful Warriors" should be recommended reading for any student of World War II history from high school to adulthood.