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Robert

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  • Helmet for My Pillow: From Parris Island to the Pacific

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Robert Leckie
    • Narrated By John Allen Nelson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (250)
    Performance
    (100)
    Story
    (102)

    Robert Leckie enlisted in the United States Marine Corps in January 1942, shortly after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. In Helmet for My Pillow, we follow his odyssey, from basic training on Parris Island, South Carolina, all the way to the raging battles in the Pacific, where some of the war's fiercest fighting took place. Recounting his service with the 1st Marine Division and the brutal action on Guadalcanal, New Britain, and Peleliu, Leckie spares no detail of the horrors and sacrifices of war.

    Sean says: "A classic narrative of the Pacific War"
    "A vivid picture in time"
    Overall

    It is important to remember that this book was first published in 1957 and is unique in it's perspective, from an enlisted man, who had a sports writers attitude. Although the narrator takes a little getting used to, listening to the author's story, a vivid window into that time is opened. The book reflects the era it was written in, only a decade after the end of the war, and therefore is in some respect a fresher and truer memoir than one's written many decades later.

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