Book Review: With the Old Breed

With the Old Breed: At Peleliu and OkinawaWith the Old Breed: At Peleliu and Okinawa by Eugene B. Sledge
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The most raw account of war that I have read in a long time. Sledge’s honesty about his hatred of the enemy can be jarring when read today, particularly given the language used to describe them. That hatred is fueled by atrocities committed by Japanese combatants against his fellow Marines, but he also speaks frankly about similar atrocities committed by American troops. Ultimately, Sledge paints a picture of the horrors of war and the near impossibility of comprehending what we ask servicemen and women at the point of the spear to do on our behalf.

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RIP “Buck” Compton

Lynn D. “Buck” Compton, a veteran whose World War II exploits were depicted in the HBO miniseries Band of Brothers, has died, his family said.

Lynn Compton also is remembered for his legal career in California. He headed the team that prosecuted Sirhan B. Sirhan for the slaying of Robert F. Kennedy and was appointed to the 2nd District Court of Appeal in 1970 by Gov. Ronald Reagan. He retired from the bench in 1990.

He was awarded a Silver Star and a Purple Heart during World War II. But it wasn’t until later in life that he became famous for his military service as a first lieutenant in Easy Company after the unit parachuted into France on D-Day in 1944. Historian Stephen E. Ambrose’s 1992 best seller about the unit was made into the 2001 TV series.

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