24 May 2014

"With The Old Breed" - E.B. Sledge


"War is brutish, inglorious, and a terrible waste. Combat leaves an indelible mark on those who are forced to endure it. The only redeeming factors were my comrades' incredible bravery and their devotion to each other. Marine Corps training taught us to kill efficiently and to try to survive. But it also taught us loyalty to each other - and love. That esprit de corps sustained us." - pg. 344

I just finished reading this the other night. I have been working my way through it slowly for quite some time. It is an amazing story of what American troops went through during the battles of Peleliu and Okinawa during the end of World War II. As we get close to Memorial Day on Monday, it is an incredible account of what war is really like. I felt that the quote above summed up much of the book's general theme. However, there is much more to be gained by reading the whole story.

On Amazon at With the Old Breed - E.B. Sledge.