Shively has documented in a very readable fashion the transformation of a young Hoosier into a disciplined member of the United States Marine Corps. His book is a detailed and touching tale of one man's experience of the battle of Iwo Jima, and the many excellent photographs and maps enhance the story." -Major General Fred Haynes, USMC (Ret.)
The 36-day assault on the small volcanic island known as Iwo Jima resulted in more than 26,000 American casualties, including 6,800 dead. Of the 20,000 Japanese defenders, only 1,083 survived. The Marines' efforts secured what would become a vital emergency landing strip for crippled B-29s returning from bombing runs. Twenty-seven Medals of Honor were awarded to Marines and sailors, many posthumously, more than were awarded for any other single operation during the war.
Jim Craig was a platoon commander with the Marines on Iwo Jima. This book presents his story, as told to his nephew, John C. Shively. A particularly vivid and exciting account of some of the most intense fighting of the Pacific War, the immediacy of the story is heightened by the detail that Shively's research has added to Craig's recollections. The result is one of the most realistic depictions of combat ever written.
John C. Shively is a practicing physician with a long-time interest in World War II. He lives in West Lafayette, Indiana.
Acknowledgments Note on Abbreviations Prologue 1. Prelude to War 2. Growing Up in Indiana 3. From Civilian to Marine Rifle Platoon Leader 4. Movement to the Objective 5. Welcome to Hell 6. Into the Meat Grinder 7. Return to Camp Maui 8. Occupation Duty 9. Going Home 10. War and Valor Epilogue Notes Bibliography Index