Tag: World War II

It’s because a lot of other men died

The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Olin M. Gray, Private, U.S. Marine Corps (Reserve), for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company Q, Fourth Marine Raider Battalion, in the early part of the engagement at Bairoko Harbor, New Georgia, Solomon Islands, on 20…

“One War is Enough” –Edgar L. Jones, 1946

Editor’s Note: This article was written by Edgar L. Jones and was originally published in The Atlantic Monthly in February 1946. During his forty months of war duty, Edgar L. Jones served for over a year with the British Eighth Army in North Africa. He also served as a merchant seaman, an Army historian, and for seven months as The Atlantic correspondent in the Far…

Marcus Brotherton on His New Book, “Feast for Thieves”

An elite paratrooper survives the Second World War. Used to solving problems with a rifle or his fists, he’s known as the most incorrigible soldier in his company. What sort of minister might such a man make? That’s the question Marcus Brotherton sets out to answer in his new book, Feast for Thieves. To answer it, Brotherton, who has written several…

When the Going Gets Tough

“When the going gets tough,” according to one author of the What the Soldier Thinks series, “soldiers in battle call on prayer, thoughts of home and their buddies, and hatred for the enemy to help them get through.” What the Soldier Thinks was a monthly digest of War Department Studies on the attitudes of American troops during the Second World War. It was distributed…