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Eugene Bondurant Sledge (November 4, – March 3, ) was a United States Marine, . In , Sledge published With the Old Breed: At Peleliu and Okinawa, a memoir of his . Create a book · Download as PDF · Printable version. With the Old Breed: At Peleliu and Okinawa is a World War II memoir by Eugene Sledge, With the Old Breed (Eugene B. Sledge book - cover art).jpg. “Eugene Sledge became more than a legend with his memoir, With The Old Breed. With the Old Breed: At Peleliu and Okinawa and millions of other books are.
Sledge Illustrated. Ballantine Books. Eugene Bondurant Sledge was born in Mobile, Ala. A year after Pearl Harbor, while Sledge was a freshman at a two-year military college, he dropped out to join the Marines. His experiences in the Pacific Theater, during grueling fighting on the islands of Peleliu and Okinawa, rattled his body and mind, and changed the arc of his life. The resulting manuscript, everyone who touched it realized, was something special. It deserved a wider audience.
Shortly after he boarded a ship headed for Pavuvu, Sledge recieved a lighter with the 1st Marine Division symbol on it from Haney.
By the time his unit goes back to Pavavu, it is clearly shown that he has lost his innocence as his friend, Sid, did some time ago, much like his father predicted.
On Pavuvu, Sledge is not happy and probably more shocked at the juxtaposition of seeing nurses from the army's hospital ship with their 1st Marine Div patches in clean-hospital whites at the rat-land-crab-infested Pavuvu. Sledge asks rhetorically, "What the hell are they doing here? A replacement officer named 2nd Lieutenant Mac teases Sledge saying he's "had his looksey, so move". Sledge looks at Mac however with a pained look, which wipes the smile off Mac's face as he realizes his mistake.
Sledge is later seen swimming naked off the beaches of Pavuvu, along with the rest of the Marines.
Pavuvu Edit During his time on Pavuvu, Sledge is minding his business brushing his teeth, when he notices an officer drop some maps and a book in a trash can. Curious, Sledge walks over and picks up the book. It's called Men at War, and in it is the signature of their late beloved skipper Ack Ack. Sledge gulps and keeps it for himself. Later, he is annoyed by Snafu trying to convince Sledge that he has hepetitis, which Sledge says Snafu doesn't have.
Right afterwards, Sledge, Snafu, and Burgin find out that De L'Eau would not be coming with them to Okinawa , due to being transferred to intelligence. Okinawa Edit Sledge shooting a Japanese soldier in Okinawa with a revolver Having already been taking a toll from his experiences on Peleliu, Sledge's unit is eventually called upon once again to assist in the Battle of Okinawa, where Sledge, Snafu, and Burgin meet up with two replacements: Pvt.
Hamm and Pvt. Sledge assists in leading the replacements, all the while showing just how much humanity he has lost when he kills a Japanese soldier even after a cease fire with his revolver. Some time into the battle, Leyden is once again blown back by an explosion, this time, the wounds are more serious.
Eventually, Peck loses it and in a blind rage tries to goad some far off Japanese soldiers to kill him. Instead, however, Hamm is killed and Peck is taken to presumably be incarcerated like Pfc.
Sledge and Snafu then enter a house where a crying baby and a dying woman are the sole survivors of a mortar shelling.
The baby is taken by one of the officers while Sledge finds the woman alone and comforts her until she dies of her wounds.
Afterwards, Sledge then has a chance to kill a young Okinawan teenager, but denies it, and the teenager is instead killed by one of the other marines. Eventually, the marines leave yet again, with Sledge having gained back some of his humanity.
Leyden was confirmed to have survived again and headed back to the states. The destruction of the city of Hiroshima by the atomic bomb was also revealed here as Sledge, Snafu, and Burgin leave via truck.
Later, Sledge is seen celebrating Victory in Japan Day with his friends.
Sledge, Snafu and Burgin go back to their respective homes after they were discharged after some time stationed in China, with Sledge being the last to get home. At the station, he reuinites once again with Sid, who welcomes him home and drives him back to his house, asking about a pipe that Sledge had been smoking since Peleliu. Sledge merely replies that it calms him down, and he is then told that Sid was going to marry, with Sledge accepting the position as best man.
Sledge reunites with his brother who got back from the ETO, as well as with his mother and father, who consistantly worry about his nightmares that he keeps having, undoubtably about his experiences in the Pacific.
The next day, Sledge joins in the Auburn University then known as the Alabama Polytechnic Institute , and Sledge continues to experience trauma even into a grand party and halfway into hunting with his father. Sledge is last seen in the series with a flower in his hand a the woods outside of his house then walking back before his final fate is revealed along with the other characters in the series.
Sledge gave up his hunting hobby, and a key turning point in his life and career followed when his father advised him that he could substitute bird watching as a hobby. Sledge started to assist the conservation department in its banding study efforts, the origin of his well known passion for the science of ornithology. He found his salvation in science, it kept the flashbacks of Peleliu and Okinawa at bay.
Close, constant study of nature prevented him from going mad. However, the war stayed with him, and finally at the urging of his wife, he began to write his memiors, "With the Old Breed At Peleliu and Okinawa" , at last allowing him to put his horrors behind him.
It deserved a wider audience. But I am regularly surprised at the otherwise literate people of my acquaintance who not only have not read it but have not heard of it. If you can make it through without welling up at half a dozen spots, you are a stronger person than I. On Peleliu , men fought in the irradiating heat and on coral, which made finding shelter well-nigh impossible.
On Okinawa , Sledge and his fellow Marines fought in mud — mud that gave them trench foot and was often thick with maggots, rotting bodies, flies and feces. Each battle was an ordeal, a fight against a fanatical enemy that was dug in and determined to fight to the last man. The battle for Peleliu is lesser-known than the battle for Okinawa, and some historians have argued it was unnecessary. The Allies might have slipped around it, toward the Japanese mainland.
The fierce struggle for survival in the abyss of Peleliu eroded the veneer of civilization and made savages of us all. We existed in an environment totally incomprehensible to men behind the lines.
He describes countless scenes of terror, disgust, insanity and stupidity in prose that is lucid and unadorned. When he does reach for figurative language, he is surpassingly vivid.
He offers many small, artful portraits of men he admires.