The University of North Texas Press has published Roy H. Elrod's We Were Going To Win, or Die There: With the Marines at Guadalcanal, Tarawa and Saipan.
The memoir ($29.95, cloth cover) recalls Elrod's time in the Marine Corps. He joined in 1940, and a few years later, he traveled to the Guadalcanal with the 8th Marine Regiment. Elrod commanded a platoon of 37mm gunners.
The marines powered through Japanese attacks, malarial tropical weather and starvation rations. On D-Day, his platoon waded ashore at Tarawa with their 37mm canons, no easy task as they weighed 1,000 pounds. The soldiers slogged through half a mile through surf and bullets to reach an island where the fighting was intense. His platoon was the only one to get its guns ashore. Elrod earned a Silver Star and a battlefield promotion.
The book is edited by Fred H. Allison, who interviewed Elrod and drew on his letters home. Allison gave annotations to the narrative.
The book is 320 pages, with illustrations and maps.