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Nightmare on Iwo Jima: A Marine in Combat
by Patrick F. Caruso
foreword by David G. Rathgeber
University of Alabama Press, 2007
eISBN: 978-0-8173-8046-5 | Paper: 978-0-8173-5448-0
Library of Congress Classification D767.99.I9C37 2007
Dewey Decimal Classification 940.542528092


On February 19, 1945, the 4th and 5th Marine Divisions stormed ashore from a naval support force. Among them was green young lieutenant Pat Caruso who became de facto company commander when the five officers ranking him were killed or wounded. He led his rapidly diminishing force steadily forward for the next few days, when a day’s gains were measured in yards. Caruso was eventually wounded himself and was evacuated. Realizing that the heroism of his comrades would be lost by the decimation of his unit, Caruso latched onto any paper he could find and filled every blank space with his memory of the fighting. This edition has a new foreword and index, boasts nine new photographs, and a map of the action. It resumes its place as a classic account of the experience of being in close, direct, and constant contact with a determined enemy at close quarters. Many did not survive; those who did were changed forever.

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