World War II When Attempting Term Paper

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These men represented a number of virtues and standards that were in accordance with those core, basic elements of humanity that the war threatened. The affection that the author feels for the old breed, in their attempts to help him and others ultimately win their own personal wars against debauchery, are alluded to in the following quotation.

War is brutish, inglorious, and a terrible waste. Combat leaves an indelible mark on those who are forced to endure it. The only redeeming factors were my comrades' incredible bravery and their devotion to each other. The Marine Corps training taught us to kill efficiently and to try to survive. But it also taught us loyalty to each other -- and love. 4

This sense of loyalty and love was the chief 'ammunition' in the real war within World War II. This was a war to maintain one's perspective, dignity, and values in circumstances and in an environment in which one is constantly tempted not to. Such love and loyalty for one's comrades is what prompted Doc to stop Sledge from plundering gold from the mouths of dead soldiers.
Perhaps more of this sentiment and rationale could have saved the lives of the 32 soldiers who were slain by their allies frenzy, mob-like mentality after they had won the war. Yet in World War II, such sentiment, rationale and respect for human life and values was constantly clashing with scenes of brutal violence and a survive at all costs mentality that exacted many, many, payments.

1. Studs Terkel, the Good War (New York: The New Press, 1997), 34.

2. E.B. Sledge, With the Old Breed (New York: Presidio Press, 2007), 120.

3. Studs Terkel, the Good War (New York: The New Press, 1997), 96.

4. E.B. Sledge, With the Old Breed (New York: Presidio Press, 2007), 152.

Bibliography

Sledge, E.B. With the Old Breed. New York: Presidio Press, 2007.

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