We Were Going to Win, Or Die There: With the Marines at Guadalcanal, Tarawa, and Saipan (North Texas Military Biography and Memoir Series)

We Were Going to Win, Or Die There: With the Marines at Guadalcanal, Tarawa, and Saipan (North Texas Military Biography and Memoir Series)

Roy H. Elrod Fred H. Allison
4.4/5 (14 ratings)
In 1940, native West Texan Roy H. Elrod joined the Marine Corps. A few years later his unit, the 8th Marine Regiment, went into the fight at Guadalcanal, where he commanded a platoon of 37 mm gunners. They endured Japanese attacks, malarial tropical weather, and starvation rations. His combat leadership earned him a Silver Star and a battlefield promotion. On D-Day at Tarawa his platoon waded their 37 mm cannons ashore, each weighing nearly 1,000 pounds, through half a mile of bullet-laced surf to get to an island where the killing never stopped. His was the only platoon to get its guns ashore and into action that first day. At Saipan, Elrod commanded a platoon of 75 mm halftracks, but he was riddled with shrapnel from an enemy artillery shell that took him out of the war. Fred H. Allison interviewed Elrod, drew upon wartime letters home, and provided annotations to the narrative of this young Marine infantry officer, a job that had an extremely low survival potential.
Pages
320
Format
Kindle Edition
Publisher
University of North Texas Press
Release
September 15, 2017
ISBN
1574416898

We Were Going to Win, Or Die There: With the Marines at Guadalcanal, Tarawa, and Saipan (North Texas Military Biography and Memoir Series)

Roy H. Elrod Fred H. Allison
4.4/5 (14 ratings)
In 1940, native West Texan Roy H. Elrod joined the Marine Corps. A few years later his unit, the 8th Marine Regiment, went into the fight at Guadalcanal, where he commanded a platoon of 37 mm gunners. They endured Japanese attacks, malarial tropical weather, and starvation rations. His combat leadership earned him a Silver Star and a battlefield promotion. On D-Day at Tarawa his platoon waded their 37 mm cannons ashore, each weighing nearly 1,000 pounds, through half a mile of bullet-laced surf to get to an island where the killing never stopped. His was the only platoon to get its guns ashore and into action that first day. At Saipan, Elrod commanded a platoon of 75 mm halftracks, but he was riddled with shrapnel from an enemy artillery shell that took him out of the war. Fred H. Allison interviewed Elrod, drew upon wartime letters home, and provided annotations to the narrative of this young Marine infantry officer, a job that had an extremely low survival potential.
Pages
320
Format
Kindle Edition
Publisher
University of North Texas Press
Release
September 15, 2017
ISBN
1574416898