Guadalcanal Diary (book)

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Guadalcanal Diary is a memoir written by war correspondent Richard Tregaskis and first published by Random House on January 1, 1943.[1] The book recounts the author's time with the United States Marine Corps on Guadalcanal in the early stages of the pivotal months-long battle there starting 1942.

Tregaskis relates combat and conversation in an easily readable vernacular, citing the full name, rank, and hometown of each of the Marines he encountered during the weeks he was on the island.

The book was well received in the USA upon publication, in particular for its description of the camaraderie amongst the Marines. It was subsequently made required reading for all USMC officer candidates.[citation needed]

In 1943, the memoir was made into a movie of the same name featuring William Bendix, Richard Conte, Anthony Quinn, and John Archer, marking the movie debut of Richard Jaeckel.

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  1. ^ Robert Niemi (1 January 2006). History in the Media: Film and Television. ABC-CLIO. p. 75. ISBN 978-1-57607-952-2.