Chuck Tatum was a World War II Marine who trained under legendary Medal of Honor recipient Gunnery Sergeant John Basilone and fought with him on Iwo Jima. There, Chuck received the Bronze Star for firing a machine gun from the hip while single-handedly covering the retrieval of two wounded comrades. Red Blood, Black Sand is one of four credited sources upon which the HBO miniseries The Pacific is based. Chuck saw this book as his final act of service, so readers will never forget the heroes he watched fight, live, and die on "the island that God forgot and gave to the Devil." He passed away in 2014.
Praise for Red Blood, Black Sand
"In my judgment, no combat veteran's memoir is better...and only a handful are equal."-Stephen E. Ambrose
"Chuck Tatum was there, a participant in and a witness to history. If it is possible to answer the question 'What was it like?', he tells you in this book."-Tom Hanks