Islands of the Damned by R.V. Burgin
A Marine at War in the Pacific

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One of the real-life heroes featured in HBO(r)'s The Pacific tells his own true story.

R.V. Burgin reveals his experiences as a Marine at war in the Pacific Theater, where Company K confronted snipers, ambushes along narrow jungle trails, abandoned corpses of hara-kiri victims, and howling banzai attacks as they island-hopped from one bloody battle to the next. During his two years of service, Burgin rose from a green private to a seasoned sergeant, and earned a Bronze Star for his valor at Okinawa.

With unforgettable drama and an understated elegance, Burgin's gripping narrative chronicles the waning days of World War II, bringing to life the hell that was the Pacific War.


About R.V. Burgin

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As a Marine in World War II, R.V. Burgin was awarded a Bronze Star for his actions in the Battle of Okinawa in 1945. He lives in Lancaster, Texas. William Marvel is a retired features writer for the Dallas Morning News. He lives in Dallas, Texas.
Published February 26, 2010 by NAL. 307 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, War. Non-fiction

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