1st Marine Raider Battalion in WWII
Under the fiery leadership of Merritt “Red Mike” Edson, the 1st Marine Raider Battalion provided the vanguard of a strategic experiment with seaborne commando units in the Pacific. From 1942 to 1943 Edson’s Raiders fought seven critical battles in Tulagi, Guadalcanal, and New Georgia against some of Japan’s most experienced jungle fighters. Twenty-four Raiders had ships named in their honor. Col. Joseph Alexander’s book presents abundant first-person accounts of the conflicts, from Edson himself to such hard-nosed NCOs as Angus Goss, Walter Burak, and Anthony Palonis.
About the Author
Col. Joseph H. Alexander, a Marine combat veteran from Asheville, NC, is the award-winning author of six books, including Utmost Savagery. He helps produce military documentaries and serves as historical adviser for the National Museum of the Marine Corps.
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