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Battle Cry by Leon Uris
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Leon Uris joined the Marines at age 17 and fought on Guadalcanal and Tarawa. My own father served on the USS Neville (APA-9) as a Master Electrician from 1943 - 1945. He says he didn't see any action, but I don't believe him. The ship carried the boys to and from Guadalcanal, Tarawa, and Saipan: the battles that are depicted in Battle Cry, Uris' first novel. It is written quite well for a first novel and from it strong emotions exploded in this reader. I laughed. I cried. I got angry. I got happy. By the end, I was almost exhausted.

St. Mary, Danny, Mac, Huxley, the Injun, the lumberjack, the feather merchant, the professor, Burney, Ziltch, Seabags, Levin, Speedy, L.Q., and the rest of "Huxley's Whores" will stay with me for quite a while. Battle Cry is their story. A group of misfits - boys really - who volunteered for the Marines who at the end were men of glory and courage. Some made it, some did not. Their stories of home and what drove them as a "gyrene" was very compelling. The boys of the 6th Marines lived and loved hard because each to a man knew that the "Whores" were not promised tomorrow. A Japanese bullet may have his name on it.

I still have a love/hate relationship with their CO, Sam Huxley. He finally got what he wanted, and his battalion paid a heavy price for his prize - Saipan. I loved Forrester, Marion (Mary), Mac and a few other characters. I know them so well that they are like family to me. They and their stories will stay with me in my heart for a very long time.

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Reading Progress

July 16, 2012 – Shelved
January 15, 2014 – Started Reading
January 16, 2014 –
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page 554
January 18, 2014 – Shelved as: classics
January 18, 2014 – Shelved as: great-literary-fiction
January 18, 2014 – Shelved as: literary-fiction
January 18, 2014 – Shelved as: permanent-library
January 18, 2014 – Shelved as: read-around-world
January 18, 2014 – Shelved as: winter-2013-14
January 18, 2014 – Shelved as: favorites
January 18, 2014 – Shelved as: historical
January 18, 2014 – Finished Reading
May 25, 2014 – Shelved as: anne-booklady-500-page-books

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