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The Long Road of War, The Long Road of War, 0803225857, 0-8032-2585-7, 978-0-8032-2585-5, 9780803225855, James W. Johnston, , The Long Road of War, 0803276125, 0-8032-7612-5, 978-0-8032-7612-3, 9780803276123, James W. Johnston, , The Long Road of War, 0803290608, 0-8032-9060-8, 978-0-8032-9060-0, 9780803290600, James W. Johnston

The Long Road of War
A Marine's Story of Pacific Combat
James W. Johnston

1998. 178 pp.
Illus., map
Out of Print
1998. 178 pp.
Illus., map
$13.00 s

James W. Johnston was a self-confessed small-town youth, who like so many others patriotically stopped what he was doing and enlisted shortly after Pearl Harbor. Johnston chose the Marines, a decision that sent him to years of bloody combat through the Pacific as Allied troops fought their way toward the Japanese home islands. Many did not come back; of those who did, very few have told us what it was like. Johnston tells us directly and honestly, taking us with his First Marine Division through New Guinea, New Britain, Peleliu, and Okinawa.

James W. Johnston was born in Kentucky and has lived for most of his life in Wauneta, a small town in southwestern Nebraska.

"Johnston’s account is deeply personal. . . . [He] recounts his extensive combat service from the perspective of what he terms a ‘flat-trajectory Marine,’ that is, one who was constantly exposed to the direct fire of enemy weapons. . . . He brings forth a vivid picture of the ordeal he lived—the brutality and terror of close combat, the anger and frustration of watching buddies die in extraordinarily ghastly fashion, the filth and mind-numbing weariness of an infantryman’s existence."—Marine Corps Gazette

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