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By W. E. B. Griffin

From the shock assault on Pearl Harbor to America's first daring counterstrike opposed to the japanese at the shorelines of Guadalcanal, this compelling novel takes readers to front strains of victory and defeat.

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This meant that every enlisted Naval Aviation Pilot freed up an officer billet for use elsewhere. And, of course, flying sergeants were paid less than officers. Charley Galloway had started out as an aviation mechanic, right out of Parris Island, when he was seventeen. Three years later, a space for an NAP had unexpectedly opened at Pensacola, and he was the only qualified body around to fill it. On the other hand, he was an enlisted man. Most Naval Aviators (Marine pilots were all Naval Aviators) were commissioned officers and gentlemen, and many of them were graduates of the United States Naval Academy at Annapolis.

But it was more than a little flattering to have MacFarland bullshit him in order to get him to ship over and stay in the Corps. MacFarland was one hell of a Marine, and to know that MacFarland wanted him to stay in the Corps meant that MacFarland thought he had at least the potential to be a good Marine. Besides, if Howard shipped over, there was nothing in it for MacFarland, either. He wasn’t a recruiting sergeant. And nothing made MacFarland ask Joe over to his quarters for Sunday-night supper, sort of taking him into the family.

The following is to be relayed to PFC Joseph L. Howard, and suitable notation made in his service record: “Reference your winning 1937 New Jersey State Rifle Match. Well Done. Thomas Holcomb Major General Commandant. 2. You are directed to issue necessary orders transferring PFC Howard to US Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island SC for duty as rifle instructor. PFC Howard is to be encouraged to try out for USMC Rifle Team. By direction of the Major General Commandant: S. T. Kralik, Lt Col USMC When he had graduated from Boot Camp at Parris Island, Joe Howard had devoutly hoped he would never again see the place.

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