Eugene Bondurant (E.B.) Sledge
This character deliberately flunked out of the officer training academy course and was subsequently assigned to the marine infantry.
Corporal T. J. Doherty
This character's insistence of discipline under stress during boot camp truly readied the men to survive combat.
Gunnery Sergeant Elmo M. Haney
This character is a peculiar individual who is a World War I veteran, as well as a veteran of Guadalcanal and Cape Gloucester.
Captain Andrew Allison
This character led the company with distinction at Cape Gloucester, receiving a Silver Star, and was killed on Peleliu by a sniper.
Corporal Merriell A. Shelton
This character is from Louisiana and is the gun captain and nearly-constant companion of the author.
This character continues to render first aid to a wounded marine who accidentally thrusts his knife into this character's face.
This character is universally liked and...
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