Written by a Marine who fought in some of the critical and bloodiest battles in the Pacific island hopping campaign, this is an excellent personal memoire. The author pulls no punches in his desriptions of what it was like to fight in the Pacific and particularly the many close quarter encounters with the Japanese at night. A member of a mortar platoon of a Marine infantry company, he gives a really good overall view of what it was like to fight as a member of a close knit team. His description of the fight for Peleliu is gripping and the reader will be sobered by the fact that of the 235 men in his company who landed on Peleliu, only 85 were left on their feet at the end of the battle. A really good read that is highly recommended.