by Jerry McConnell

A Marine Private's Personal Account of the
Battle for Guadalcanal on August 7, 1942.

Illustrations by

Major Donald L. Dickson

L/Cpl Fatello

The following story is about many things. First and foremost, it's about
history. World War II and The Battle for Guadalcanal was a historical moment
in this country back in the summer of 1942. It was after all, the first land battle
that our country had won since the war started. We had lost Pearl Harbor and shortly after,
we lost Wake Island. We needed a victory. The Marines who fought
on Guadalcanal knew this. It was one of the most horrific battles ever faced by
our young men. This story is about a young man's journey into the darkness of war
and combat. We at Seacoast Marines are proud to present this book in it's entirety.
We hope you enjoy it as much as we did. We also hope, that you'll have a
better understanding of what these young men and women went through in
WWII. All the pain and suffering. The hardships of War they endured so that
we can enjoy the freedoms we all have today. This generation of WWII veterans is
our nation's "Greatest Generation" and we owe each and every one of them
our most sincere and heartfelt thanks and gratitude.
God Bless them all and God Bless America.

Sgt. Jerry McConnell 1946
Four years after Guadalcanal

Jerry McConnell and Post 35 Commander Fatello
Memorial Day 2002
photo courtesy of Atlantic News

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