There was nothing to do but continue to dig, so I closed up my mouth and inhaled with short shallow breaths. He found that he could not endure the thought of wounding a bird and said that killing a deer felt like shooting a cow in a pasture.
The stench of death was overpowering. Sledge, With the Old Breed, pages However,enemy dead were counted on Okinawa. The totality of the fight at Okinawa was nearly unbearable, even for vets hardened by prior battles.
His father found him weeping after a dove hunt where Sledge had to kill a wounded dove, and in the ensuing conversations he told his father he could no longer tolerate seeing any suffering. Very few familiar faces were left. The 1st Marine Division, with other marine and army divisions, then deploys for the amphibious assault on Okinawa, the devastating final large battle of World War II.
For several feet around every corpse [and there were thousands of those], maggots crawled about in the muck and then were washed away by the runoff of the rain. Sledge then recalls his second stint in combat during the assault and capture of Okinawa, followed by the end of the war and eventual demobilization.
New York, New York: When fighting grew too close for effective use of the mortar he served in other duties such as stretcher bearer  and as a rifleman. From my experience, of all the hardships and hazards the troops had to suffer, prolonged shell fire was more apt to break a man psychologically than anything else.
As graphic and as detailed as some more recent movies focusing on WWII have gotten, there always still seemed to be gaps at least in my mind.
I cursed and told the NCO as he came by what a mess I was digging into. Total American casualties were 7, killed and missing and 31, wounded in action. The tactics turned Okinawa into a bloodbath.
The next stroke of the spade unearthed buttons and scraps of cloth from a Japanese army jacket in the mud—and another mass of maggots. The odor nearly overwhelmed me as I rocked back on my heels.
The constant shelling caused many men to develop psychological problems: Another spadeful of soil out of the hole released a mass of wriggling maggots that came welling up as though those beneath were pushing them out.
Kneeling on the mud, I had dug the hole no more than six or eight inches deep when the odor of rotting flesh got worse. Sledge started to assist the conservation department in its banding study efforts,  the origin of his well-known passion for the science of ornithology.
Even lacking an exact accounting, in the final analysis the enemy garrison was, with rare exceptions, annihilated. Little boys tear around with swords and guns fighting off imaginary enemies.
I will admit to holding a longstanding fascination with "The Greatest Generation. His memoir is a front-line account of infantry combat in the Pacific War. Marine Corps in December But some of us had to do the killing — and most of my buddies got killed or wounded.
As horrific as his experiences were, as often as he had to watch his friends and comrades die, he summed up his thoughts thusly: The Marine Corps taught me how to kill Japs and try to survive.
Unfortunately, approximately 42, Okinawan civilians, caught between the two opposing armies, perished from artillery fire and bombing. Close, constant study of nature prevented him from going mad; however, the war stayed with him, and finally at the urging of his wife, he began to put his thoughts on paper, at last allowing him to put his horrors behind him.
To them, a veteran was a veteran — all were the same, whether one man had survived the deadliest combat or another had pounded a typewriter while in uniform. He taught zoologyornithologycomparative vertebrate anatomyand other courses during his long tenure there.
From basic training, to the pre-launch nervous intestinal visits to the head, to landing in the fray of battle and wondering which bullet was going to kill you. The mud was knee deep in some places, probably deeper in others if one dared venture there.
Navy ships, were prominent during the Battle of Okinawa.(Eugene Sledge, With the Old Breed, page ) The totality of the fight at Okinawa was nearly unbearable, even for vets hardened by prior battles. The constant shelling caused many men to develop psychological problems.
“Eugene Sledge became more than a legend with his memoir, With The Old Breed. He became a chronicler, a historian, a storyteller who turns the extremes of the war in the Pacific—the terror, the camaraderie, the banal and the extraordinary—into terms we mortals can grasp.”—Tom Hanks/5(K).
― Eugene B. Sledge, With the Old Breed: At Peleliu and Okinawa. 0 likes. Like “Doc kept at his work. In a quiet, calm voice he told me to get a battle dressing out of his pouch and press it firmly against his face to stop the bleeding while he finished work on the wounded arm.
Such was the selfless dedication of the navy hospital corpsmen. With the Old Breed, at Peleliu and Okinawa Summary & Study Guide E. B. Sledge This Study Guide consists of approximately 43 pages of chapter summaries, quotes, character analysis, themes, and more - everything you need to sharpen your knowledge of With the Old Breed, at Peleliu and Okinawa.
E.B. Sledge's account of his tour of duty with the 5th Marines in WWII, With The Old Breed is the second account of the Pacific theater that I have read. It is also one of the primary source materials for HBO's compelling miniseries The Pacific/5.
Eugene Sledge became more than a legend with his memoir, With The Old Breed. He became a chronicler, a historian, a storyteller who turns the extremes of the war in the Pacific - the terror, the camaraderie, the banal and the extraordinary - into terms we mortals can grasp/5(K).Download