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The Pacific - Episode 3

Naval History's Guide to “The Pacific”

Episode 3 - Part 3

Physically and mentally debilitated after the ordeal on Guadalcanal, Leckie, Basilone, and thousands of their comrades land in Melbourne, where they are greeted by adoring crowds and viewed as the saviors of Australia. While his buddies carouse, Leckie becomes deeply attached to an Australian and her first-generation Greek family. Meanwhile, Basilone is awarded the Medal of Honor and is asked to return home to help sell U.S. war bonds.

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Book Reviews

Reflections on the literature and lives that inspired HBO's new World War II miniseries.

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The Marines' Written Record

Interested in reading more about the Corps' dramatic and colorful past? Our guide to outstanding Marine histories, biographies, and memoirs is a great place to locate the right book.


Edwin C. Bearss, USMC

Bearss tells a gripping and detailed account of what it was like to get shot multiple times during the Battle of Cape Gloucester in WWII. This segment opens with Bearss (a noted Civil War historian) gruffly exclaiming, "When he hit me, it felt like a sledgehammer." The manner in which he relates this dramatic story is a colorful commentary on one man's near-death war experience. "The son-of-a-bitch is shooting a wounded man," Bearss say angrily, but softens his hard edge a bit with a slight smile. He then barks out, "Blood stinks" when he tells of how he came out of shock in the midst of the many heroic Marines wounded at Suicide Creek.

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Cape Gloucester Oral History Collection

The Cape Gloucester Collection is from the U.S. Naval Institute's Oral History program. The program captures and preserves the reminiscences of key Navy and Coast Guard personnel and contains over 230 bound volumes.

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Cape Gloucester Slideshow

The Cape Gloucester slideshow is from the Naval Institute Photo Archive Collection. The Naval Institute preserves the world's largest private military photo collection, with more than 450,000 photos.



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