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    Battleground Pacific: A Marine Rifleman's Combat Odyssey in K/3/5 (Hardback) By (author) Sterling Mace, By (author) Nick Allen

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    DescriptionA POWERFULLY WROUGHT MEMOIR BY A MEMBER OF WWII'S FABLED 1ST MARINE DIVISION Sterling Mace's unit was the legendary "K-3-5" (for Company K, 3rd Battalion, 5th Regiment of the 1st Marine Division) and his story takes readers through some of the most intense action of the Pacific War, from the seldom-seen perspective of a rifleman at the point of attack. "Battleground Pacific" is filled with indelible moments that begin with his childhood growing up in Queens, New York, and his run-in with the law that eventually led to his enlistment. But this is ultimately a combat tale--as violent and harrowing as any that has come before. From fighting through the fiery hell that was Peleliu to the deadly battleground of Okinawa, Mace traces his path from the fear of combat to understanding that killing another human comes just as easily as staying alive. He learns that bravery often equates to stupidity, leading to the death of close friends, but also that life goes on, with death on its heels. """Battleground Pacific" is one of the most important and entertaining memoirs about the Pacific theater in WWII.


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    Title
    Battleground Pacific
    Subtitle
    A Marine Rifleman's Combat Odyssey in K/3/5
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Sterling Mace, By (author) Nick Allen
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 333
    Width: 163 mm
    Height: 239 mm
    Thickness: 36 mm
    Weight: 567 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9781250005052
    ISBN 10: 1250005051
    Classifications

    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1KBB
    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: BIO
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    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T4.2A
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    BIC subject category V2: HBJK
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    B&T General Subject: 170
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 03
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
    Ingram Subject Code: BA
    Libri: I-BA
    DC22: B
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 01
    Ingram Theme: CHRN/1940
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 17470
    BISAC V2.8: HIS027100
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    BISAC V2.8: HIS027120
    B&T Approval Code: A14204064
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    BISAC V2.8: BIO026000
    LC subject heading:
    DC21: 940.54597309
    DC22: 940.54/5973092
    B&T Approval Code: N44254400
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    BISAC V2.8: BIO008000, HIS027110
    LC classification: D767.9 .M33 2012
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    Illustrations note
    maps, frontispiece, black & white plates
    Publisher
    St. Martin's Press
    Imprint name
    St. Martin's Press
    Publication date
    08 May 2012
    Publication City/Country
    New York, NY
    Author Information
    STERLING MACE enlisted in the United States Marine Corps in 1942 and was stationed at Parris Island, Camp Lejeune, the Brooklyn Naval Yard, and then finally Pavuvu, before experiencing the toughest fighting the Pacific war had to offer, as a rifleman in K/3/5, at Peleliu and later on Okinawa. He was a consultant on E.B. Sledge's book, "With the Old Breed." He lives in St. Pete Beach, Florida.NICK ALLEN is the son of a combat rifleman who served in Vietnam and has been interviewing combat veterans for most of his life. He lives in Bellaire, Texas.
    Review quote
    ""Battleground Pacific" is another great tribute to 'The Greatest Generation.' During much of the book, and especially the daily grind of combat, I found myself comparing Mace's ordeals with those of my uncle, Sgt. John Basilone, the Medal of Honor hero from Guadalcanal. Both Mace and Basilone suffered the physical and mental hardships of battle and the frustration of the seemingly endless conflict with the enemy. Mace's tale is written in the language of a grunt speaking for all the unsung heroes who lived and died in the Pacific. A good read from this Marine's perspective."--Jerry Cutter, former Marine, nephew of Sgt. John Basilone, USMC, and author of the authorized biography of Basilone", I'm Staying with My Boys"""Battleground Pacific" is more than a book. It's a virtual minicam on a rifleman's helmet, riveting home the sights and sounds of war in a realness you expect to find only in a movie theater."--Bob Welch, co-author of "Easy Company Soldier: The Legendary Battles of a Sergeant from WWII's "Band of Brothers""