"Islands of the Damned" autographed by R.V. Burgin
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We have first edition hardbacks of the renowned Pacific War memoir Islands of the Damned available signed in pen by Marine & author R.V. Burgin. As a mortarman in K-Company, 5th Marines, 1st Marine Division, R.V. fought on New Britain, then alongside his friend, Eugene Sledge, on Peleliu and Okinawa. Includes a COA.
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When a young Texan named R.V. Burgin joined the Marines 1942, he never imagined what was waiting for him a world away in the Pacific. There, amid steamy jungles, he encountered a ferocious and desperate enemy in the Japanese, engaging them in some of the most grueling and deadly fights of the war.
In this remarkable memoir, Burgin reveals his life as a special breed of Marine. Schooled by veterans who had endured the cauldron of Guadalcanal, Burgin’s company soon confronted snipers, repulsed jungle ambushes, encountered abandoned corpses of hara-kiri victims, and warded off howling banzai attacks as they island-hopped from one bloody battle to the next. In his two years at war, Burgin rose from a green private to a seasoned sergeant, fighting from New Britain through Peleliu and on to Okinawa, where he earned a Bronze Star for valor.
With unforgettable drama and an understated elegance, Burgin’s gripping narrative stands alongside those of classic Pacific chroniclers like Robert Leckie and Eugene Sledge—indeed, Burgin was even Sledge’s platoon sergeant. Here is a deeply moving account of World War II, bringing to life the hell that was the Pacific War.
- Enjoy this short production about R.V. Burgin featuring Tom Hanks & Steven Spielberg!