Islands of the Damned - R.V. Burgin & Bill Marvel

Islands of the Damned

By R.V. Burgin & Bill Marvel

  • Release Date: 2010-03-02
  • Genre: Military
Score: 4.5
From 206 Ratings


A remarkable eyewitness account of the most brutal combat of the Pacific War, from Peleliu to Okinawa, this is the true story of R.V. Burgin, the real-life World War II Marine Corps hero featured in HBO®'s The Pacific.

“Read his story and marvel at the man...and those like him.”—Tom Hanks

When a young Texan named R.V. Burgin joined the Marines 1942, he never imagined what was waiting for him a world away in the Pacific. There, amid steamy jungles, he encountered a ferocious and desperate enemy in the Japanese, engaging them in some of the most grueling and deadly fights of the war.
In this remarkable memoir, Burgin reveals his life as a special breed of Marine. Schooled by veterans who had endured the cauldron of Guadalcanal, Burgin’s company soon confronted snipers, repulsed jungle ambushes, encountered abandoned corpses of hara-kiri victims, and warded off howling banzai attacks as they island-hopped from one bloody battle to the next. In his two years at war, Burgin rose from a green private to a seasoned sergeant, fighting from New Britain through Peleliu and on to Okinawa, where he earned a Bronze Star for valor.
With unforgettable drama and an understated elegance, Burgin’s gripping narrative stands alongside those of classic Pacific chroniclers like Robert Leckie and Eugene Sledge—indeed, Burgin was even Sledge’s platoon sergeant. Here is a deeply moving account of World War II, bringing to life the hell that was the Pacific War.


  • Islands of the Damned

    By yadayda
    Great read.
  • An Honorable Read

    By TootzLootzBrighton
    This man's account will "put you there". Refreshing to read of honorable men.
  • Islands of the damned

    By 9135gh
    This was the most difficult book I have ever tried to read. The syntax was so poor that I had to read a sentence two or three times to determine the authors thought.
  • DaveK

    By davekz
    Great read. Firsthand insight to the horrors of the Pacific war. Highly recommended to any history buff.
  • One of the best

    By Yorya93
    Truly touching book that discusses more than the mere battles of the war but the friends we fight next you in the foxhole. Beautifully done, and great read! Easy, fun, and enjoyable!
  • WOW

    By Victor Erazo
    I met the author at a Gun show. And so far, this is a beautiful book. I love it. He is a wonderful man as well. Totally worth it. I'll recommend it to everyone i know.
  • Islands of the Damned

    By Jkrockone
    Great story, I appreciate how the story is told as a conversation. It is interesting to read the perspectives between Sledge, Leckie and the Sarge.
  • Excellent

    By jbhutchison
    For history buffs, teachers, and students -- this book is a must read. I received this book as a gift with an accompanying note from the author and it is simply astounding. Very well put together.
  • Great

    By Tonyzann
    The best war memiour I've ever read
  • Islands of the Damned

    By jphilbeck
    A great follow up to the mini series "The Pacific"! John Philbeck