Some marines consider him the man who saved the Marine Corps at the time (1946) that the Armed Forces merger was up for Congressional discussion with a lesser, police role envisaged for the Corps. Vandegrift's actions at Guadalcanal are too well known to adults to need lengthy recapitulation in a book review. These are the major concern of this book and boys will respond to Vandegrift's hero officer status among heroic men. Over twenty years ago, the day-to-day news stories kept classrooms spellbound and, as with all great battles, the recountings seldom fail to fascinate. At both the beginning and the end of the book, the General's entry and exit from the career he elected by accident are touched upon. The author has made good use of General Vandegrift's published memoirs -- Once a Marine (1964) and the book reads with ease and a sense of present excitement.