Islands of the Damned

Islands of the Damned

A Marine at War in the Pacific

Written by: R.V. Burgin
Written by: Bill Marvel

Additional Formats
  • Paperback
  • ISBN 9780451232267
  • 304 Pages
  • NAL
  • Adult


One of the real-life heroes featured in HBO(r)’s The Pacific tells his own true story.

R.V. Burgin reveals his experiences as a Marine at war in the Pacific Theater, where Company K confronted snipers, ambushes along narrow jungle trails, abandoned corpses of hara-kiri victims, and howling banzai attacks as they island-hopped from one bloody battle to the next. During his two years of service, Burgin rose from a green private to a seasoned sergeant, and earned a Bronze Star for his valor at Okinawa.

With unforgettable drama and an understated elegance, Burgin’s gripping narrative chronicles the waning days of World War II, bringing to life the hell that was the Pacific War.


“R.V. Burgin is one of those American boys who became a Marine-no small feat. He then went across the Pacific, returning home to Jewett, Texas only after helping to save the world. Read his story and marvel at the man… and those like him.”
-Tom Hanks

“[A] well-written, excellently detailed personal narrative….A taut, engrossing, haunting book.”
-The Dallas Morning News