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Etwas Ablenkung vorm Schlafen gehen 😊#withtheoldbreed #vomaltenschlag #eugenesledge

Liked the series so I thought I'd read the book. Almost done with it. Pretty decent stuff. #withtheoldbreed #ww2 #pacifictheater

Happy Memorial Day. So much gratitude and respect for those who have and are serving our country. Pictured above my Uncle Cy...first Marine division WW2. Fought at Guadal Canal and the taking the airfield on the Island of Peleliu in the South Pacific. Quite possibly the greatest man I've ever know...like all our veterans our country was lucky to have him. #rip #semperfi #withtheoldbreed #ww2 #neverforget

Thank you to all who we have lost and who have served! If you ever get a chance this is one of my all time favorite reads! #withtheoldbreed

Look at wittle baby Casey, all clean shaven and skinny.
#WithTheOldBreed #Deployment #GruntsDoItBest #AlphaRaiders #HateAndDiscontent #LanceCriminal

Just some light reading.
#WithTheOldBreed #USMC


Sometimes all you need is a book and a blanket. #comfy #snuggleblanket #withtheoldbreed


"As the sun disappeared below the horizon and its glare no longer reflected off a glassy sea, I thought of how beautiful the sunsets always were in the Pacific. They were even more beautiful than over Mobile Bay. Suddenly a thought hit me like a thunderbolt. Would I live to see the sunset tomorrow?" Three years later, we are still here, me and you.
#eugenesledge #thepacific #hbowar #withtheoldbreed

I am trying to read at least one book a month and I'm going to start posting them here with a small review. This month I read "With the Old Breed" by EB Sledge. This book perfectly and purposefully explains the camaraderie of the Marines, the horrors of war in the Pacific theater, and the extreme mental and physical conditions these men were subjected to. If you think you're having a bad day, know it could be worse, A LOT WORSE. Read this book and learn the lessons of leadership, courage, morality, and mental toughness it has within its pages. You won't be sorry. As a FREE American, I can never repay what EB and so many others sacrificed over there. All I can do is be grateful. #WithTheOldBreed #WW2 #MarineCorps #USMC #EBSledge #books #military #war

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⠀⠀ᴄʜᴀʀᴀᴄᴛᴇʀ ɴᴀᴍᴇ: ᴍᴇʀʀɪᴇʟʟ "sɴᴀғᴜ" sʜᴇʟᴛᴏɴ
⠀⠀ғᴀᴄᴇᴄʟᴀɪᴍ: ʀᴀᴍɪ ᴍᴀʟᴇᴋ
⠀⠀ᴀʟʟᴇɢɪᴀɴᴄᴇ: ᴀʟʟɪᴇs
⠀⠀ᴏᴄᴄᴜᴘᴀᴛɪᴏɴ: ᴍᴏʀᴛᴀʀᴍᴀɴ ɪɴ ᴛʜᴇ ᴜsᴍᴄ
⠀⠀Merriell A. Shelton was born on the
⠀⠀21st of january in Louisiana. Prior to
⠀⠀his enlistment, as a young man during
⠀⠀the depression, Merriell served in the
⠀⠀Civilian Conservation Corps.
⠀⠀In november 1942(?), Merriell
⠀⠀enlisted in the United States Marine Corps
⠀⠀and became the gunner of a mortarteam in K-
⠀⠀Company, 3rd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment,
⠀⠀1st Marine Division.
⠀⠀Shelton participated in three battles:
⠀⠀the battle of Cape Gloucester, the
⠀⠀battle of Peleliu and the battle of
⠀⠀{ #liwrpg & @lifeinwartimerpg }

One of the best memoirs to come out of WW2. Eugene Sledge not only managed to survive some of the toughest fighting in the Pacific Theatre, he also became a talented writer and Professor of Biology. His recounting of Peleliu and Okinawa serve as some of the best primary sources of the battles. Sledgehammer also makes 0341s look cooler than the rest of us. Smoking Fader's Unique blend in a unique pipe. #bookreview #bookstagram #withtheoldbreed #eugenesledge #pipesmoking #nowsmoking #okinawa #peleliu #luntingsociety #walkyourpipe

A good book and good coffee. It's that kind of morning. #coffee #presscoffee #morning #goodbook #withtheoldbreed #wwii #WWII #ebsledge #dayoffwork #relaxing

Marines move inland toward the interior of Iwo Jima, Japan March 5, 1945. (Based off of the Marine assault map, I would guess either 4th or 5th Marine Division. Their objectives were closer to the volcano.) With the shadow of Mount Suribachi in the background, they take advantage of the little protection offered by small rises in the volcanic sand.
The Marine taking cover armed with a M1 Carbine is equipped with a M8 Grenade launcher. He has what looks to be a M19A1 parachute flare grenade tucked on the right side of his pack. Equally notable is the Marine in the background armed with a Winchester M1912 shotgun.

Here is a clip from episode 7 "Peleliu Hills" of the HBO series "The Pacific". I thought this was a good follow up to my last post. The war in the Pacific was drastically different than the one in Europe. By 1944, the Japanese had changed their defense strategy and dug in for prolonged battles to the last man. They wouldn't surrender, preferring suicide rather than to dishonor their family and country. (Only 19 of the almost 11,000 Japanese surrendered) This scene portrays how this type of brutal warfare effected the Marines, who were mentally and physically drained beyond comprehension.

A Marine of the 1st division struggles to cope with the unrelenting inhuman emotional and physical stress of prolonged frontline combat on the island of Peleliu, 1944. "We were resigned to the dismal conclusion that our battalion wasn't going to leave the island until all the Japanese were killed, or we had all been hit. We merely existed from hour to hour, from day to day. Numbed by fear and fatigue, our minds thought only of personal survival. The only glimmer of hope was a million-dollar wound or for the battle to end soon. As casualties mounted, a sense of despair pervaded us. It seemed the only way to escape was to be killed or wounded. The will for self preservation weakened. Many men I knew became intensely fatalistic. Somehow though, one could never quite visualize his own death. It was always the next man. Getting wounded did seem inevitable, one couldn't hope to escape the law of a averages forever."
-Eugene Sledge (excerpt from With the old Breed)

A nice gift from my lovely lady. Just a little bit of light reading.

what can i say, legend! sterling moss at goodwood FOS 15 #legend#drivinggod#sterlingmoss#goodwoodfos2015#withtheoldbreed


⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀setting: louisiana, usa
⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀date: october 1942
⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ characters: rose & snafu

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