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Not a civilian reporter, but a Marine trained combat correspondent, Lucas' story differs from previous South Pacific accounts (though it does parallel them) in that the author joined the Marines, went through boot training at Parris Island and served under orders. In this way the account is definitely military flavored journalism, with its own personality and something of the Ernie Pyle home-angled style. From courthouse reporting in Tulsa to Parris Island -- a mix-up sidetracking him in Brooklyn -- eventually reaching Washington, pre-overseas station, then via San Diego, to New Caledonia, his base for service in convoy; action in the Russell Islands. He meets Carlson in Espiritu Santo and becomes an enthusiastic rooter for the Colonel; he learns about submarines, spends time with the Paramarines (that story was killed), flies constantly with Cargo Air Transport Command, is on a night-bombing raid of Japanese base Kahilt, is present at the campaign of Dragon's Peninsula in New Georgia, goes on a scouting expedition behind enemy lines at Bairoko, does a spell in New Zealand, and winds up with operations on the Tarawa atoll, Gilbert Islands, etc......He finds he can take plenty of action, even to killing Japs and seeing his friends die -- and he gives fresh, keen accounting of marine warfare.

Publisher: Reynal & Hitchcock