By Charles Walker
TO HELL AND BACK
For the united states, Guadalcanal used to be a bloody seven-month fight lower than brutal stipulations opposed to crack eastern troops deeply entrenched and made up our minds to struggle to the demise. For Charles Walker, this bad jungle battle–one that claimed the lives of 1,600 americans and greater than 23,000 Japanese–was only the start. at the eve of conflict, 2d Lt. Walker used to be ordered again to the States for clinical purposes. yet there has been a warfare to be received, and he had no purpose of lacking it.
In this devastatingly robust memoir, Walker captures the clash in all its horror, chaos, and heroism: the starvation, the warmth, the deafening explosions and stench of loss of life, the consistent worry damaged by means of moments of sheer terror. this is often the gripping story of the courageous younger American males who fought with large braveness in appalling stipulations, keen to sacrifice every little thing for his or her country.
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Another ambulance was dispatched, and a third airplane piled into the lot. The remaining aircraft took to the grass, anywhere they could land. I was not an eyewitness to the accidents, and a veil of secrecy was swept over the matter so we could obtain no additional information. However, on one of my regular beach patrols with my driver, Blacky Sievers, I noted two gray life preservers that had blown ashore. On the back of each was LEX in big letters, followed by the words “Div. 10” underneath. I knew then that the carrier Lexington had gone down.
Just as Sergeant Hoffman and I had nearly reached our position in the line I heard a Bren carrier roaring down by McCarthy’s location. I found that Bob Campbell of our Company H had brought up a carrier to rescue the Marines still mixed with the Japanese in the high grass. McCarthy and two other men had jumped into the carrier, which ran across to the Japanese line, defying the odds. Armed with only one machine gun on the Bren, McCarthy held off the enemy, enabling the Marines to pile in. Their return trip was made without incident in spite of heavy enemy fire.
We’re to load on the McCawley, but there’s another ship going to the Canal, the Zeilin. I’ll lend you a jeep tonight, and if you can get on that ship, good luck! Heck! ” Hamer, our new officer, decided to accompany me, so after dark we drove to the city of Noumea. M. we approached the docks to find a landing craft that was being loaded under dim pier lights. “Hey, Coxswain! ” “Sure, climb aboard. ” Minutes later we were at the bow of the Zeilin. It was inky dark, but a landing net hung within reach of the small craft.