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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (42 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Sid Phillips Narrator: Dan John Miller Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Sid Phillips knew he was a long way from his home in Mobile, Alabama, when he plunged into the jungles of Guadalcanal in August, 1942. A mortarman with the same company of the 1st Marine Division as Helmet for My Pillow author Robert Leckie, Sid was a seventeen-year-old kid when he entered combat. By the time he returned home some two years later, the island fighting on Guadalcanal and Cape Gloucester had turned him into a man and an “Old Timer” by Marine standards.

In this true story, Sid recalls his encounters with icons like Chesty Puller, General Vandergrift, Eleanor Roosevelt, and his boyhood friend Eugene Sledge, author of With the Old Breed. He remembers fighting in the battle of the Tenaru (Alligator Creek), the struggle for Henderson Field, bombardments by Japanese battleships, the brutality of the tropics, and the haunting notion of being surrounded and expendable. This is the story of how Sid stood shoulder to shoulder with his Marine brothers to discover the strength and faith necessary to survive the dark, early days of World War II in the Pacific.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “For anyone who cares about the human dimension of war— its cost and its heroism— Sid Phillip’s book is a must read.”

    Ken Burns, Emmy Award–winning filmmaker

  • “We have an extraordinary opportunity now to recognize perhaps the key player, if there is one, if there’s only one key player, he might be at the very top of the pyramid,…a native of Mobile, Alabama, a man who appears over and over in our series:…Dr. Sid Phillips.”

    Tom Hanks, executive producer of The Pacific

  • “Like his life-long friend, Eugene Sledge, Sid Phillips speaks to us in these enchanting memoirs in his natural voice, engaging and modest, full of insight and intelligence, but ever alert to the lighter side of even the most dismal human circumstances. And like any great story teller, he leaves you wishing to hear a great deal more.”

    Richard B. Frank, author of Guadalcanal: The Definitive Account of the Landmark Battle

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Xandretta | 10/23/2013

    " I very much enjoyed this memoir. Even though he got a little preachy at the end, I understand his motivation and intentions. Very southern personality and an excellent personal account of the early pacific war. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Dr. Michael Galvin | 7/17/2013

    " After reading Sledge's With The Old Breed and Burgin's Islands Of The Damned Phillips' book was a disappointment. I did not get the sense of combat from Phillips book I got from Sledge & Burgin. My God, you could almost smell the battlefield in Sledge's book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Melinda | 9/13/2012

    " Wonderful recollections of Phillip's life, but not much about the war itself. "With the Old Breed" by EB Sledge is better. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by James | 5/24/2012

    " Good book. More behind the scenes and background story than action related details but was thoroughly enjoyable and gave a lot of insight into what WWII was like for average Americans. Fairly quick read. Definitely recommended. "

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About the Author

Dr. Sid Phillips, a Guadalcanal Marine, was born September 2, 1924, and enlisted in the US Marine Corps the day after Pearl Harbor. Passing beneath the Golden Gate Bridge, he departed his land a nervous seventeen-year- old. Two years later, when he kissed the docks in San Diego, he had come home a hero. Together Sid and his brothers in the legendary First Marine Division won the first epic victory of the war, saved Australia, and stopped the Japanese juggernaut in the Pacific. Today, Sid enjoys his golden years surrounded by his family. He and his sister, Katherine, have become internationally known after their notable roles in Ken Burns’ documentary The War and the Tom Hanks / Steven Spielberg / Gary Goetzman miniseries The Pacific.