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The Pacific - Episode 4

Naval History's Guide to “The Pacific”

Episode 4 - Part 4

Finally enlisted as a Marine, Sledge trains for combat at Camp Elliott. The 1st Marine Division lands at Cape Gloucester. As Leckie and the other Marines battle the Japanese, they quickly realize that the more ominous enemy is the smothering jungle itself. Having survived Gloucester and stationed on the godforsaken island of Pavuvu, Leckie begins to display physical and mental effects of combat and is sent to a naval hospital for psychiatric observation.

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Pinned Down and Wounded at Suicide Creek

The author recounts surviving, barely, a bloody Cape Gloucester fight.

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Waging War in a Rain Forest

Cape Gloucester's jungle and rains were as formidable as its defenders.

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No Pacific Paradise

Richard B. Frank dispels any notions of enticing World War II South Pacific "rest areas" when he describes the bleak conditions at Pavuvu.

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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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