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11-09-2014, 12:03 PM
This well-narrated tale of a marine’s Pacific campaigns on New Britain, Peleliu, and Okinawa inevitably invites comparison with E. B. Sledge’s famed With the Old Breed (1981). Indeed, Sledge was part of Burgin’s mortar platoon in the latter two campaigns. But Burgin’s tale is more plainly told, as he was a Texas farm boy instead of a college student who dropped out of OCS to get into combat. But they were both good marines, who carried their weight through some of the ugliest fighting Americans have ever faced. One reads Burgin’s narrative knowing that he survived and smiles when he comes home to marry his Australian fiancée and settle down to a career in the Postal Service and a retirement of attending First Marine Division reunions.

I met Burgin at the local shooting range, peddling his book.
As nice a guy as you would ever want to meet.
He is 92 and doesn't have a lot of time left.

You owe it to him to buy his book.
You owe it to yourself to read it!

http://www.amazon.com/Islands-Damned-Ma ... the+damned (http://www.amazon.com/Islands-Damned-Marine-War-Pacific-ebook/dp/B003A00110/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1415547671&sr=1-1&keywords=islands+of+the+damned)

11-09-2014, 12:21 PM
I'm about finished with George's "Shots Fired in Anger," so these two will follow naturally.

Thanks for the recommendation.

11-09-2014, 12:34 PM
Looks like an excellent book, Thanks for posting about it.
Many raving reviews on amazon dot com as well.
I just ordered a hardcover as a gift for the SIL...I may get it read in time to give it to him for christmas :)

11-09-2014, 01:30 PM
Ordered a copy.
Thanks, William.