Helmet for My Pillow

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Helmet for My Pillow
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First edition
AuthorRobert Leckie
CountryUnited States
PublisherRandom House
Publication date
Media typePrint, Audiobook

Helmet for My Pillow is the personal narrative written by World War II United States Marine Corps veteran, author, and military historian Robert Leckie. First published in 1957, the story begins with Leckie's enlisting in the United States Marines shortly after the 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor.

The HBO mini-series The Pacific (2010) was adapted in large part from Helmet for My Pillow, along with Eugene Sledge's With the Old Breed: At Peleliu and Okinawa, and the personal story of Medal of Honor recipient Gunnery Sergeant John Basilone.[1][2]


Beginning with boot camp in MCRD Parris Island, South Carolina, the story follows Leckie through basic training and then to New River, North Carolina where he is briefly stationed, and follows him to the Pacific.

Leckie is assigned to the 1st Marine Division and is deployed to Guadalcanal, Melbourne Australia, New Guinea, Cape Gloucester, before being evacuated with wounds from the island of Peleliu. Helmet for My Pillow is told from an enlisted man's point of view; a reprint edition stated the book was about "the booze, the brawling, the loving on 72-hour liberty, the courageous fighting and dying in combat as the U.S. Marines slugged it out, inch by inch, across the Pacific."[3]


E.B. Sledge's With the Old Breed: At Peleliu and Okinawa, along with Helmet for My Pillow, formed the basis for the HBO miniseries The Pacific, the successor to Band of Brothers.[4]


  1. ^ Abbruzzese, Kelsey (February 9, 2007). "Miniseries 'The Pacific War' to feature alum war hero". The Bowdoin Orient. Archived from the original on June 30, 2010. Retrieved 2007-12-21.
  2. ^ Martindale, Stone (July 26, 2007). "'Band of Brothers' producers cast 'The Pacific' series on HBO". Monsters & Critics. Archived from the original on August 13, 2007. Retrieved 2007-12-22.
  3. ^ Leckie, Robert, Helmet For My Pillow, Bantam (1979), ISBN 0-553-28265-4
  4. ^ https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0374463/faq?ref_=tt_faq_1#.2.1.3


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