Battleground Pacific: A Marine Rifleman’s Combat Odyssey in K/3/5
By Sterling Mace and Nick Allen
Hardcover in dustjacket, 330 pages, illustrated
Published by St. Martin’s Press, May 2012
Dimensions: 5.7 x 1.3 x 8.4 inches
Sterling Mace grew up in Queens during the Great Depression. After the attack on Pearl Harbor he failed the U.S. Navy eye exam but was able to bluff his way through the second time and was accepted into the Marines. He was assigned to the 1st Marine Division, 5th Regiment, 3rd Battalion, Company K. When he joined the 5th Marines they were rebuilding on the island of Pavuvu, after having fought at Guadalcanal and Cape Gloucester. His first combat operation was the assault on Peleliu.
Mace was a BAR man on Peleliu, an island which had no natural source of fresh water but an abundance of heat…
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