Red Blood, Black Sand: Fighting Alongside John Basilone from Boot Camp to Iwo Jima

Red Blood, Black Sand: Fighting Alongside John Basilone from Boot Camp to Iwo Jima

by Chuck Tatum


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A story of heroism, friendship, and courage in World War 2—as seen in the award-winning HBO miniseries The Pacific.

In 1944, the U.S. Marines were building the 5th Marine Division—also known as “The Spearhead”—in preparation for the invasion of the small, Japanese-held island of Iwo Jima...

When Chuck Tatum began Marine boot camp, he was just a smart-aleck teenager eager to serve his country. Little did he know that he would be training under a living legend of the Corps—Medal of Honor recipient John Basilone, who had almost single-handedly fought off a Japanese force of three thousand on Guadalcanal.

It was from Basilone and other sergeants that Tatum would learn how to fight like a Marine and act like a man—skills he would need when he hit the black sand of Iwo Jima with thirty thousand other Marines.

Red Blood, Black Sand is the story of Chuck’s two weeks in hell, where he would watch his hero, Basilone, fall, where the enemy stalked the night, where snipers haunted the day, and where Chuck would see his friends whittled away in an eardrum-shattering, earth-shaking, meat grinder of a battle. This is the island, the heroes, and the tragedy of Iwo Jima—through the eyes of one who survived it.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780425257425
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 05/07/2013
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 239,009
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Chuck Tatum is a World War II Marine who trained under legendary Congressional Medal of Honor recipient Gunnery Sergeant John Basilone and fought with him on Iwo Jima. Chuck is a recipient of the Bronze Star for Valor.

Norman Dietz is a writer, an actor, and a solo performer. He has also performed frequently on radio and television, and he has recorded over 150 audiobooks, many of which have earned him awards from AudioFile magazine, the ALA, and Publishers Weekly. Additionally, AudioFile named Norman one of the Best Voices of the Century.

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“In my judgment, no combat veteran’s memoir is better . . . and only a handful are equal.”—Stephen E. Ambrose

“Chuck Tatum was there, a participant in and a witness to history. If it is possible to answer the question ‘What was it like?’, he tells you in this book.” —Tom Hanks

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Red Blood, Black Sand 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
JRMSC More than 1 year ago
A very good read for anyone into USMC history. If you have seen the series Pacific Chuck Tatum shows up in the 8th episode fighting beside John Basilone and later saw him and some of the men around go down. Great insight into the fighting through the eyes of teenage Marine. Well written. At the end meet the actor who played Tatum in Pacific. Like most first person accounts this one spends a bit of time telling of his youth just before getting the OK from his Mom to join. Picks up speed after that. Like I said, good read.
PjVj More than 1 year ago
Not as tightly organized as I would have liked. For a first person account there seemed to be less of the person and more of the event.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My dad fought on Iwo and never uttered a word about it. As I read more abpout what he went through I can undeerstand why. Good detailed account.
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Lies down in her cave
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ok. He padded to the moor in the second res from this.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The hills give way to mountains and huge cliffs. All of the mountains are black and forbidding and very tall. They are easy to climb up,but next to impossible to go down. No cats go here except to use the dirtplace:a small hollow where a rock used to be serves that purpose well.