Friday, August 12, 2016
Guadalcanal, Tarawa and Beyond by William Rogal
This an informative memoir of one marine's gritty experiences throughout the Pacific in World War II. Rogal left an impoverished childhood to serve throughout the war and went on to be a successful attorney. His recollections of Guadalcanal are most harrowing both for the miserable conditions, and series of friendly-fire shellings that caused many casualties. He also fought on Tarawa, where he witnessed the devastation of the second wave of marines to land, and Saipan. The book is ultimately uplifting, as Rogal managed to survive these invasions and build a successful life in peacetime.