Twenty-Two on Peleliu

Four Pacific Campaigns with the Corps: The Memoirs of an Old Breed Marine
Narrated by: Paul Brion
Length: 15 hrs and 14 mins
4.7 out of 5 stars (92 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

On September 15, 1944, the US First Marine Division landed on a small island in the Central Pacific called Peleliu as a prelude to the liberation of the Philippines. Among the first wave of Marines that hit the beach that day was 22-year-old George Peto.  

Growing up on a farm in Ohio, George always preferred being outdoors and exploring. This made school a challenge, but his hunting, fishing, and trapping skills helped put food on his family's table. As a poor teenager living in a rough area, he got into regular brawls, and he found holding down a job hard because of his wanderlust. After working out West with the CCC, he decided that joining the Marines offered him the opportunity for adventure plus three square meals a day; so he and his brother joined the Corps in 1941.  

Following boot camp and training, he was initially assigned to various guard units, until he was shipped out to the Pacific and assigned to the 1st Marines. His first combat experience was the landing at Finschhaven, followed by Cape Gloucester. Then as a Forward Observer, he went ashore in one of the lead amtracs at Peleliu and saw fierce fighting for a week before the regiment was relieved due to massive casualties. Six months later, his division became the immediate reserve for the initial landing on Okinawa.

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Read the book

The story itself is good but the tone of the narrator just stopped me. I couldn't get past chapter 3. I'll buy the book & read it myself

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Magnificent memoir

Sgt Peto has a great memory of details. He asks how he got through 4 campaigns without a scratch, but in the end his purpose in life was to recount his stories. He was very honest about his choices, good and bad. This book is well written and narrated.

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Amazing Story!!

The narrator was a little soft spoken for my liking at the beginning, but as the story progresses and the action gets going it was like I was leaning in close to listen to every detail of the story being told. Fabulous.

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one of the best

Really great story and I enjoyed the narrator. I would put this as second to Eugene Sledge's book.

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Good WWII listen

You read “with the old brees” and you want to find another. 22 on Peleliu was very specific and let’s us know that one person can have an amazing story to tell. Learned specifics about other campaigns in the Pacific and what a great warrior experienced during that time

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Read a lot of marine memoirs but this one stands out.

So far with the old breed and 22 on Peleliu are my favorite. Very rich in memories. George really went through a lot and has some crazy stories. It helped me visualize the life, horror and hardships in combat. Very good listen. It is epic to hear all that he has been through from his enlistment till his passing. What a full life.

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Amazing

A very good read about a young man’s journey up through the depression and through the United States Marine Corps during the war two

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  • 04-25-20

Amazing,Brilliant,Fantastic!!

brilliant book,the whole time I was drawn to it not once did I loose interest,would definitely recommend 100%

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  • Kieron Ross
  • 01-25-20

An amazing biography if a real hero.

One of the best Pacific war biographies ever written. This book will make you laugh, cry and be amazed at the shocking experiences this incredible guy has been though in his life. Narration excellent too.

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  • 09-16-20

Absolute must read/ listen

Fantastic storytelling and a great recollection of the Pacific campaign by an old breed marine