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The old breed of marine : a World War II diary
Felber, Abraham, 1906-
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Publication Information:
Jefferson, N.C. : McFarland, [2003]

Physical Description:
v, 257 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Preparing for war : January 7, 1941-August 6, 1942 -- Guadalcanal : August 7, 1942-December 15, 1942 -- Australia and Cape Gloucester : December 16, 1942-February 7, 1944 -- Return and rebuilding : June 2, 1944-December 31, 1945.
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D767.98 .F45 2003 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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This work is part of the diary that the now 94-year-old Abraham Felber kept during his service in World War II. It begins with January 7, 1941, and ends with December 31, 1945. Felber was a keen observer, and for much of the war it was his job to keep records for his unit. As the 1st Sergeant of Headquarters Battery, 11th Marines, Felber dealt with both officers and enlisted men, which exposed him to the perspectives and insights of both. Felber was also granted the privilege of taking photographs during the Guadalcanal and Cape Gloucester campaigns, some of which are published here for the first time. Felber's accounts of his unit's role in the combat at Guadalcanal and Cape Gloucester, his time at Guantanamo Bay, and other experiences are presented here as he recorded them.

Author Notes

Abraham Felber (Warrant Officer, U.S.M.C., ret.) is retired from the United States Postal Service, and at age 96 in 2002 is living in East Windsor, New Jersey
Franklin S. Felber, Ph.D., a physicist in San Diego, California
William H. Bartsch, a prize-winning military historian and development economist in Reston, Virginia

Table of Contents

Franklin S. FelberWilliam H. BartschWilliam H. Bartsch
Prefacep. 1
Historical Notep. 5
Felber's Timelinep. 7
1 Preparing for War - January 7, 1941-August 6, 1942p. 11
2 Guadalcanal - August 7, 1942-December 15, 1942p. 69
3 Australia and Cape Gloucester - December 16, 1942-February 7, 1944p. 160
4 Return and Rebuilding - June 2, 1944-December 31, 1945p. 197
Afterwordp. 213
Annotationsp. 215
Bibliographyp. 239
Military Indexp. 243
General Indexp. 247