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A SPECIAL VALOR
The U.S. Marines & the Pacific War


NF/NF. In new condition. (Edison, NJ: Castle Books, 1996). Illustrated throughout with maps & photos. Bibliography, index, 466 pages.

In A Special Valor Richard Wheeler, a Marine veteran and author of Iwo, has written the first comprehensive general history of the role played by the Marine Corps in this campaign, covering all the battles in which the Marines fought. ~~~ Drawing extensively on frontline eyewitness accounts of Marines and combat journalists, on official U.S. action reports, and on captured Japanese materials, Mr. Wheeler describes in fascinating and exiting detail the heroic defense of Wake Island against an overwhilming Japanese assault force. He traces the long and bloody battle for Guadalcanal which brought the Marines their first victory, stopped the Japanese advance toward Australia, and gave America and its allies control of the strategically important painful, island-by-island American counterattack toward Australia, and gave America and its allies control of the strategically important painful, island-by-island American counterattack toward the Japanese homeland during which the Marines created new legends at such faraway places as Bougainville, Saipan, Tarawa, Guam, Iwo Jima and Okinawa. Here are the remarkable exploits of Marines holding off Japanese assault waves at Guadalcanal's Heartbreak Ridge, storming across the coral reefs off the atoll of Tarawa, blasting out stubborn defenders in the caves of Guam, struggling over Iwo's lava-covered and heavily shelled surface, climbing the slopes of its lofty Mount Suribachi to raise the Stars & Stripes, and pressing forward over Okinawa's heavily defended moonscape. Here, too, are the equally remarkable stories of the Marine combat pilots operating both from aircraft carriers and from captured or rapidly constructed island airstrips. ~~ Supplemented with many photographs and offical maps, A Special Valor is the definitive one-volume narrative for the general reader of the U.S. Marines' contribution to the American victory over Japan in the Second World War.

This hardcover edition originally published at $24.95, but now OUT OF PRINT. Paperback edition currently in print at $21.95.

$40.00