Under the fiery leadership of Merritt "Red Mike" Edson, the 1st Marine Raider Battalion provided the vanguard of a strategic experiment with seaborne commando units in the Pacific. From 1942 to 1943 Edson's Raiders fought seven critical battles in Tulagi, Guadalcanal, and New Georgia against some of Japan's most experienced jungle fighters. Twenty-four Raiders had ships named in their honor. Col. Joseph Alexander's book presents abundant first-person accounts of the conflicts, from Edson himself to such hard-nosed NCOs as Angus Goss, Walter Burak, and Anthony Palonis.
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Col. Joseph H. Alexander, a Marine combat veteran from Asheville, NC, was the award-winning author of six books, including Utmost Savagery . He helped produce military documentaries and serves as historical adviser for the National Museum of the Marine Corps. Col. Alexander passed away on 28 September 2014. He was 76 years old.
~ Praise for Edson's Raiders ~
“The author writes quite well, and using diaries, oral memoirs, and interviews, he has skillfully incorporated the personal recollections of many Raider veterans into his narrative. For all those who enjoy reading about American combat against the Japanese during World War II, this volume is sure to please.”
— The Journal of America’s Military Past, Winter 2013