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This collection consists of materials on the life and career of Eugene B. Sledge. Born in Mobile, Alabama, in 1923, E. B. Sledge enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps in 1942 and saw combat on Peleliu and Okinawa. After the war he obtained degrees in biology and botany at Auburn and the University of Florida and taught for many years at the University of Montevallo. In 1981, Dr. Sledge published an account of his experiences during the Second World War in a book entitled "With the Old Breed: at Peleliu and Okinawa". "With the Old Breed" is now widely recognized as a classic war memoir. Dr. Sledge died on March 3, 2001. A second memoir, "China Marine: An Infantryman's Life after World War II", was published posthumously in 2002.

 
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