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The final episode in this ten-part historical miniseries, a companion piece to 2001's "Band of Brothers," depicting the Pacific Theatre of World War II as described in the memoirs of several United States Marine Corps veterans. On August 15, 1945, at a veterans' hospital on Long Island, the staff and patients, including Leckie, are ecstatic to learn that the Japanese have surrendered and that the war is finally over. Sledge, Snafu, Burgin and the others celebrate VJ Day on Okinawa, wondering what the future holds for them as Leckie heads for home and has an awkward reunion with his parents. Six months later, having stayed behind to help "clean up," the members of K Company board a train and head for their respective hometowns. Burgin surprises the others by announcing that he intends to marry Florence, whom he met in Australia, though Sledge states that he himself has no plans for a job or a wife. Elsewhere, Lena finally meets the Basilone family and gives John's parents his Medal of Honor. She admits that he never signed the insurance papers that would provide her with $10,000, but states that she does not care and grieves with her husband's relatives. The train stops in Texas and Burgin gets off and reunites with his father and brother, with Snafu shyly thanking his sergeant for protecting them.

Leckie strolls into his old newspaper office and confidently asks for his job back, though at home he is nervous as he watches Vera through the window, and his mother notes that she is seeing someone. The train stops in New Orleans, and Snafu hesitates before deciding not to awaken a peacefully sleeping Sledge to say goodbye as he departs. Leckie dons his dress blues, for which he had no use overseas, and finally visits the Kellers' home. Vera's date, an Army man who "missed the whole show," is annoyed when Vera expresses interest in Leckie and leaves, and Leckie and Vera go out to dinner. He admits that he wrote her many letters during the war, though opted not to send them as he believed that he would not make it back, and they agree that the date is a fresh start for them. Sledge arrives in Mobile and Phillips greets him at the station, revealing on the drive home that he is soon to be married and wants Sledge as his best man. Sledge reunites with his parents and enjoys a family dinner, though he later suffers nightmares about the war. His brother Edward notes that he too has bad dreams and keeps his wife awake, surprised to learn that Eugene did not "date" any women during the war. He assures him that the local girls will appreciate a "fighting man," though Sledge declares that he will never wear a uniform again.

Later, Sledge attempts to sign up for classes at Alabama Polytechnic, but realizes that he gained no skills other than killing during the war. He attends a local dance, though Phillips finds him sitting alone outside, and Sledge asks him why they returned home safely when so many of their friends did not. Phillips reassures him and says that with time, he will "forget some things." Vera joins the Leckies for dinner as they debate about current events and the growing popularity of television, and Mrs. Leckie observes the two holding hands during grace. Sledge accompanies his father on a dove hunt, but breaks down as he realizes that he has experienced too much violence, and his father comforts him. Mrs. Sledge worries that her son is growing idle after he brushes off a job opportunity, but Dr. Sledge defends him, saying that he has been through a great ordeal. Later, he strolls through a flowery field, slowly regaining a sense of peace. The program concludes with notes about the characters' real-life counterparts and their lives after the war, revealing that Sledge eventually used his notes to write a memoir, "With the Old Breed: At Peleliu and Okinawa," and died in 2001. Leckie married Vera and went on to write close to forty books, including "Helmet For My Pillow" about his experiences in the war, and also died in 2001. John Basilone posthumously received the Navy Cross and the Purple Heart, and Lena never remarried. "Snafu" did not speak to his fellow Marines for decades until reading Sledge's book, and Sledge eventually served as a pallbearer at his old friend's funeral. Burgin married Florence after all and remained in Texas, and Phillips and Sledge remained close friends for the rest of their lives.

  • NETWORK: HBO
  • DATE: May 16, 2010 9:00 PM
  • RUNNING TIME: 1:01:00
  • COLOR/B&W: Color
  • CATALOG ID: 110567
  • GENRE: Drama, historical
  • SUBJECT HEADING: Drama, historical; Miniseries; World War II - Pacific campaign
  • SERIES RUN: HBO - TV series, 2010
  • COMMERCIALS:
  • Tom Hanks … Executive Producer
  • Steven Spielberg … Executive Producer
  • Gary Goetzman … Executive Producer
  • Eugene Kelly … Co-Executive Producer
  • Tony To … Co-Executive Producer
  • Graham Yost … Co-Executive Producer
  • Bruce C. McKenna … Co-Executive Producer, Writer
  • Tim Van Patten … Supervising Producer
  • Steven Shareshian … Producer
  • Todd London … Producer
  • Cherylanne Martin … Producer
  • George Pelecanos … Co-Producer
  • Kirk Saduski … Co-Producer
  • Miura Kite … Co-Producer
  • Robert Schenkkan … Co-Producer, Writer
  • Jonathan Brytus … Associate Producer
  • April Nocifora … Associate Producer
  • Jennifer Jackson … Associate Producer
  • David Taritero … Visual Effects Producer
  • Ineke Majoor … Visual Effects Producer
  • Christina Graff … Visual Effects Producer
  • Jeremy Podeswa … Director
  • Eugene B. Sledge … Based on the book by
  • Robert Leckie … Based on the book by
  • Chuck Tatum … Based on the book by
  • Hans Zimmer … Music by
  • Blake Neely … Music by
  • Geoff Zanelli … Music by
  • James Badge Dale … Cast, PFC Robert Leckie
  • Joe Mazzello … Cast, PFC Eugene Sledge
  • Jon Seda … Cast, Sgt. John Basilone
  • Betty Buckley … Cast, Marion Leckie
  • Josh Close … Cast, Edward Sledge
  • Linda Cropper … Cast, Mary Frank Sledge
  • Caroline Dhavernas … Cast, Vera Keller
  • Ashton Holmes … Cast, PFC Sidney Phillips
  • Brandon Keener … Cast, Charles Dunworthy
  • Rami Malek … Cast, Cpl. Merriell "Snafu" Shelton
  • Martin McCann … Cast, Sgt. R.V. Burgin
  • Conor O'Farrell … Cast, Dr. Sledge
  • Annie Parisse … Cast, Sgt. Lena Basilone
  • Frank Aldridge … Cast, Troop Train Porter
  • Kate Bell … Cast, Mary Houston Phillips
  • Mark Casamento … Cast, George Basilone
  • Adelaide Clemens … Cast, Registration Girl
  • Lia Fisher … Cast, Rose
  • Damien Freeleagus … Cast, Cab Driver
  • Marian Frizelle … Cast, Martha
  • James Gaylyn … Cast, Tee
  • Lelia Goldoni … Cast, Dora Basilone
  • Chris Haywood … Cast, John Leckie
  • Cariba Heine … Cast, Phyllis
  • Kristin Holland … Cast, Hospital Guard
  • Kate Kendall … Cast, Betty Leckie
  • Catherine McClements … Cast, Catherine Leckie
  • Heather Mitchell … Cast, Mrs. Keller
  • Stephen Pease … Cast, Betty's Husband
  • Joseph R. Sicari … Cast, Salvatore Basilone
  • Christopher Stollery … Cast, Catherine's Husband
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The Pacific (miniseries)

2010 television series

The Pacific is a 2010 American war dramaminiseries produced by HBO, Playtone, and DreamWorks that premiered in the United States on March 14, 2010.

The series is a companion piece to the 2001 miniseries Band of Brothers and focuses on the United States Marine Corps's actions in the Pacific Theater of Operations within the wider Pacific War. Whereas Band of Brothers followed the men of Easy Company of the 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment through the European Theater, The Pacific centers on the experiences of three Marines (Robert Leckie, Eugene Sledge, and John Basilone) who were in different regiments (1st, 5th, and 7th, respectively) of the 1st Marine Division.

The Pacific was spearheaded by Bruce C. McKenna (co-executive producer), one of the main writers on Band of Brothers.Hugh Ambrose, the son of Band of Brothers author Stephen Ambrose, served as a project consultant.

The Pacific miniseries features the 1st Marine Division's battles in the Pacific, such as Guadalcanal, Cape Gloucester, Peleliu, and Okinawa, as well as Basilone's involvement in the Battle of Iwo Jima. It is based primarily on the memoirs of two US Marines: With the Old Breed: At Peleliu and Okinawa by Eugene Sledge and Helmet for My Pillow by Robert Leckie.[3] It also draws on Sledge's memoir China Marine[4] and Red Blood, Black Sand, the memoir of Chuck Tatum, a Marine who fought alongside Basilone at Iwo Jima.[5][6]

Cast[edit]

The following actors played starring roles in multiple episodes and are split by the principal character they appear in relation to. Characters from the different plot strands do occasionally interact, while Sidney Phillips both serves with Leckie and is the best friend of Sledge.

Production[edit]

The Pacific was produced by Steven Spielberg, Tom Hanks, and Gary Goetzman in association with HBO Miniseries, Playtone, DreamWorks, Seven Network and Sky Movies.[8][9] Seven and Sky both invested in the project for the right to broadcast it in Australia and the United Kingdom respectively.[10]Nine Network has previously broadcast the HBO productions of Band of Brothers. Nine had a broadcast deal with HBO's parent Warner Bros., but then HBO started to distribute its own productions separately.[11] In April 2007, the producers set up a production office in Melbourne and began casting.[12]

Originally the project was estimated at $100 million to produce,[11] but ended up costing over $200 million, making The Pacific the most expensive television miniseries ever created by any network.[13][14][15] According to The Sydney Morning Herald the series cost $270 million, with an estimated A$134 million of that spent in Australia.[16] The Australian newspaper Herald Sun estimates that it brought 4,000 jobs and generated A$180 million for the Australian economy.[17]

Filming of the miniseries in Australia started on August 10, 2007,[18] and finished in late May 2008.[19] From August until November 2007[20] filming took place at locations in and around Port Douglas, Queensland including Mossman, Queensland;[21] Drumsara Plantation, Mowbray National Park[21] and beaches at Rocky Point, Queensland.[21] Production then moved to rural Victoria,[22][23] in the You Yangs near Lara (from November–December 2007),[24] then at a sand quarry on Sandy Creek Road near Geelong, Victoria until February 2008.[25] Melbourne city locations were used in late 2007 and through 2008 including Central City Studios at Melbourne Docklands (March 2008);[26][27]Flinders Street (between Swanston and Elizabeth streets, February 1–4, 2008);[28][29] the intersection of Swanston and Flinders streets (February 2008);[30]Flinders Street station (February 2–3, 2008).[31] Other suburban locations included Mornington Railway, Bundoora, Victoria,[32] specifically the Ernest Jones Hall at the La Trobe University campus, Bundoora (late May 2008);[33] the Railway Hotel, South Melbourne (December 2007);[34]Scotch College, Melbourne (December 2007);[34]Melbourne High School (December 2007).[34][35]

The series's score was written by Hans Zimmer, Geoff Zanelli and Blake Neely and was released on March 9, 2010.[36]

Historian Hugh Ambrose, son of Band of Brothers author Stephen E. Ambrose, wrote the official tie-in book to the miniseries,[37]The Pacific: Hell was an Ocean Away (2011), which follows the stories of two of the featured men from the miniseries, Basilone and Sledge, as well as stories of Sledge's close friend Sidney Phillips and two men not featured in the series, marine officer Austin Shofner and US Navy pilot Vernon Micheel. The different cast provides a wider view of the Pacific theatre, allowing the book to include the fall of the Philippines, Midway, Philippine Sea and Luzon and expand the narrative to include depictions of life as experienced by prisoners of war, senior officers and the development of naval aviation. It was published in the UK and the US in March 2010 and Ambrose gave a webcast interview about the book at the Pritzker Military Library on April 15, 2010.[38][39]

Broadcast[edit]

The series premiered in the US and Canada on March 14, 2010, on HBO.[40]HBO Asia premiered The Pacific at 9 pm on April 3, 2010, with the first two episodes being consecutively broadcast in the first week. Singapore, Hong Kong, and Indonesia had dual language available. Singapore, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Malaysia, and Philippines broadcasts were available in high-definition on the HBO Asia HD Channel.[41]The Pacific began broadcast on April 5, 2010 on Sky Movies in the United Kingdom and Ireland.[42] In Portugal, the series was broadcast on April 5, 2010 on AXN and in HD on AXN HD two days after the original broadcast in the US. The series broadcast commenced in Australia on Channel 7 on Wednesday, April 14, 2010, at 8:30 pm.[43] In Denmark, Norway, Finland, France and Sweden, the series began broadcasting on Canal+; in Turkey, CNBC-e on April 18, 2010; in the Netherlands, on April 7, 2010 on Veronica; and in Greece, on Nova Cinema on April 10, 2010. In New Zealand, the series began broadcasting on April 12, 2010 on TV One. In Italy, the miniseries began broadcast on May 9, 2010 on Sky Cinema 1; in Germany, on July 15, 2010 on Kabel eins. In Japan, the miniseries started July 18, 2010 on WOWOW.[44] In South Africa, the miniseries started broadcasting on May 5, 2010 on the Mnet channel. In the US, the rights to the series were picked up by Ovation and it started airing sometime in 2019.

Marketing[edit]

The first official US trailer for The Pacific aired on HBO prior to the season 2 premiere of True Blood on June 14, 2009. It showed footage of the three main characters, including a conversation between Leckie and Sledge, Basilone's marriage and numerous combat scenes. The trailer concluded with "2010" displayed on-screen -alluding to and confirming the series release date. A second trailer was released on the HBO website after which the date "March 2010" is displayed, giving a more specific series release date. On January 14, 2010, Comcast added on-demand content from the series, including a scene from The Pacific, interviews with the producers and character profiles.[45] Another trailer was shown in February 2010 during Super Bowl XLIV, depicting several combat scenes. An extended trailer (3:47) to the miniseries can be viewed on the series' official website.

Episodes[edit]

Reception[edit]

Critical reception[edit]

The Pacific received widespread critical acclaim. On the review aggregation website Rotten Tomatoes, the series holds an approval rating of 91% with an average rating of 8.32 out of 10, based on 43 reviews. The website's critical consensus reads, "An honest, albeit horrifying, exploration of World War II, The Pacific is a visually stunning miniseries not for the faint of heart."[56] On Metacritic, the series has a weighted average score of 86 out of 100, based on 32 critics, indicating "universal acclaim".[57]

Time magazine's James Poniewozik named it one of the Top 10 TV Series of 2010.[58]IGN reviewer Ramsey Isler gave the entire miniseries an 8.5 out of 10, saying "Although I don't think The Pacific overtakes Band of Brothers in terms of technical execution and overall entertainment value, many of the comparisons will be moot as The Pacific is a different kind of series with different goals. This series sought to look beyond the combat and it paints a full, vivid picture of the war and the people that fought it through focused, individual stories. That's a tall order for any series to fulfill, and although The Pacific doesn't always come through with shining colors, it does make an admirable effort."[59] IGN also reviewed each individual episode, with Episode 9 receiving a perfect 10 out of 10 score.[60]

Awards and nominations[edit]

The Pacific won a Peabody Award in 2010 for "reminding us of the necessities—and the costs—of service."[61] It also won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Miniseries and was nominated for the Golden Globe Award for Best Miniseries or Television Film.

Award Category Nominee(s) Result
Primetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding MiniseriesSteven Spielberg, Tom Hanks, Gary Goetzman, Tony To, Graham Yost, Eugene Kelly, Bruce C. McKenna, Cherylanne Martin, Todd London, Steven Shareshian, Tim Van Patten, George Pelecanos, Robert SchenkkanWon
Outstanding Directing for a Miniseries, Movie, or Dramatic SpecialDavid Nutter & Jeremy Podeswa(for "Iwo Jima")Nominated
Tim Van Patten(for "Okinawa")Nominated
Outstanding Writing for a Miniseries, Movie, or Dramatic SpecialRobert Schenkkan & Michelle Ashford(for "Iwo Jima")Nominated
Bruce C. McKenna & Robert Schenkkan(for "Home")Nominated
Primetime Creative Arts Emmy AwardsOutstanding Art Direction for a Miniseries or MovieAnthony Pratt, Dominic Hyman, Richard Hobbs, Scott Bird, Jim Millet, Rolland Pike, Lisa ThompsonWon
Outstanding Casting for a Miniseries, Movie, or SpecialMeg Liberman, Camille H. Patton, Christine King, Jennifer Euston, Suzanne M. Smith Won
Outstanding Cinematography for a Miniseries or MovieRemi Adefarasin(for "Peleliu Landing")Nominated
Stephen F. Windon(for "Okinawa")Nominated
Outstanding Costumes for a Miniseries, Movie, or SpecialPenny Rose, Ken Crouch (for "Melbourne")Nominated
Outstanding Main Title DesignSteve Fuller, Ahmet Ahmet, Peter Frankfurt, Lauren Hartstone Nominated
Outstanding Make-up for a Miniseries or Movie (Non-Prosthetic)Chiara Tripodi, Toni French Won
Outstanding Music Composition for a Miniseries, Movie, or Special (Original Dramatic Score)Blake Neely, Geoff Zanelli, Hans Zimmer(for "Home")Nominated
Outstanding Prosthetic Make-up for a Miniseries, Movie, or SpecialJason Baird, Sean Genders, Greg Nicotero, Jac Charlton, Chad Atkinson, Ben Rittenhouse Won
Outstanding Single-Camera Picture Editing for a Miniseries or MovieEdward A. Warschilka (for "Peleliu Landing")Nominated
Alan Cody (for "Iwo Jima")Nominated
Alan Cody & Marta Évry (for "Okinawa")Nominated
Outstanding Sound Editing for a Miniseries, Movie, or SpecialTom Bellfort, Benjamin L. Cook, Daniel S. Irwin, Hector C. Gika, Charles Maynes, Paul Aulicino, John C. Stuver, David Williams, Michelle Pazer, John Finklea, Jody Thomas, Katie Rose (for "Peleliu Landing")Won
Outstanding Sound Mixing for a Miniseries or MovieAndrew Ramage, Michael Minkler, Daniel Leahy (for "Basilone")Won
Andrew Ramage, Michael Minkler, Daniel Leahy, Craig Mann (for "Peleliu Landing")Nominated
Gary Wilkins, Michael Minkler, Daniel Leahy, Marc Fishman (for "Iwo Jima")Nominated
Gary Wilkins, Michael Minkler, Daniel Leahy (for "Okinawa")Nominated
Outstanding Special Visual Effects for a Miniseries, Movie, or SpecialJohn E. Sullivan, Joss Williams, David Taritero, Peter Webb, Dion Hatch, John P. Mesa, Jerry Pooler, Paul Graff (for "Guadalcanal/Leckie")Nominated
John E. Sullivan, Joss Williams, David Taritero, David Goldberg, Angelo Sahin, Marco Recuay, William Mesa, Chris Bremble, Jerry Pooler (for "Peleliu Landing")Won
Golden Globe AwardsBest Miniseries or Television FilmThe PacificNominated
Critics' Choice AwardsBest Picture Made for Television Won
AFI AwardsTV Program of the Year Won
American Cinema Editors AwardsBest Edited Miniseries or Motion Picture for Television Marta Évry, Alan Cody (for "Okinawa")Nominated
American Society of CinematographersOutstanding Achievement in Cinematography in Motion Picture/Mini-Series Television Stephen F. Windon(for "Okinawa")Won
Australian Cinematographers SocietyTelefeatures, TV Drama & Mini Series Stephen F. WindonWon
Casting Society of AmericaOutstanding Achievement in Casting – Television Movie/Mini Series Meg Liberman, Cami Patton, Christine King, Jennifer EustonWon
Cinema Audio Society AwardsOutstanding Achievement in Sound Mixing for Television Movies and Mini-SeriesAndrew Ramage, Michael Minkler, Daniel J. Leahy (for "Basilone")Nominated
Andrew Ramage, Michael Minkler, Daniel J. Leahy, Craig Mann(for "Peleliu Landing")Nominated
Gary Wilkins, Michael Minkler, Daniel J. Leahy, Marc Fishman (for "Iwo Jima")Nominated
Gary Wilkins, Michael Minkler, Daniel J. Leahy (for "Okinawa")Nominated
Costume Designers Guild AwardsOutstanding Made for Television Movie or Miniseries Penny RoseNominated
Directors Guild of America AwardsOutstanding Directorial Achievement in Movies for Television/Mini-SeriesDavid Nutter, Jeremy Podeswa(for "Basilone")Nominated
Jeremy Podeswa(for "Home")Nominated
Timothy Van Patten(for "Okinawa")Nominated
Gold Derby Awards TV Movie or Miniseries The PacificWon
TV Movie/Mini Actor James Badge DaleNominated
Guild of Music Supervisors AwardsBest Music Supervision in Movie of the Week Deva Anderson, Evyen KleanNominated
Hollywood Post AllianceOutstanding Color Grading – TelevisionSteve Porter, Riot (for "Peleliu Landing")Won
Humanitas Prize60 Minute Category Bruce C. McKenna, Robert Schenkkan(for "Home")Nominated
IGN Summer Movie AwardsBest TV DVD or Blu-Ray The PacificNominated
Image AwardsOutstanding Actor in a Television Movie, Mini-Series or Dramatic SpecialJon SedaNominated
International Film Music Critics AwardFilm Composer of the Year Hans ZimmerNominated
Motion Picture Sound EditorsBest Sound Editing – Long Form Dialogue and ADR in Television Tom Bellfort, Daniel S. Irwin, John C. Stuver, Michael Hertlein, Michelle Pazer, David Williams (for "Basilone")Won
Best Sound Editing – Long Form Sound Effects and Foley in Television Tom Bellfort, Katherine Rose, Jody Thomas, Hector C. Gilka, Paul Aulicino, Benjamin L. Cook, Charles Maynes (for "Peleliu Landing")Won
Peabody AwardOutstanding Producer of Long-Form Television Gary Goetzman, Tom Hanks, Eugene Kelly, Todd London, Cherylanne Martin, Bruce C. McKenna, Steve Shareshian, Steven Spielberg, Tony To, Timothy Van Patten, Graham YostWon
Prism AwardsPerformance in a TV Movie or Miniseries James Badge DaleNominated
Satellite AwardsBest MiniseriesThe PacificNominated
Television Critics Association AwardsOutstanding Achievement in Movies, Miniseries and SpecialsWon
Visual Effects Society AwardsOutstanding Visual Effects in a Broadcast Miniseries, Movie or SpecialJohn E. Sullivan, David Taritero, William Mesa, Marco Recuay Won
Outstanding Created Environment in a Live Action Broadcast ProgramMarco Recuay, Morgan McDermott, Nicholas Lund-Ulrich (for "Iwo Jima")Won
Outstanding Compositing in a Broadcast Program or CommercialJeremy Nelson, John P. Mesa, Dan Novy, Tyler Cote (for "Peleliu Landing")Won

References[edit]

Notes

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Part Ten is the final episode of the HBO series, The Pacific. It focuses on the future of the marines after the war, namely Eugene Sledge and Robert Leckie.

Story[]

We reunite with Robert Leckie in this episode, and we also keep a primary focus on Eugene Sledge, as well. It also focuses on the widowed Lena Basilone briefly when she visits the recently killed John Basilone's family.

Leckie's Storyline[]

August 15, 1945 -- St. Alban's Military Hospital, Long Island, New York[]

A woman reads a passage from "The Iliad" to a recovering Private Robert Leckie, who looks a sight better than his bandaged comrade recuperating in a bed as he sits in a chair, smoking a cigarette and reading the comics page in the newspaper. She looks up from the page and chides Leckie for not listening to her. But he insists he is, and quotes the remainder of the passage back to her. Then he offers to read the comics to his friend instead, offering him the choice of Snookums, The Phantom, and Blondie.

He flirtatiously asks the girl what her favorite is, but before she can answer a man runs into the room and announces that the Japanese have surrendered. The room is suddenly abuzz with joy as the nurses hug each other, repeating out loud that the war is over. They all dash to the elevators, presumably to celebrate in the streets, leaving a room full of broken veterans to sit in quiet shock in their beds. Leckie looks across the room and sees one man weeping as a nurse holds him.

As the cheers filter in from outside, Leckie's face is oddly expressionless.

Sledge's Storyline[]

Okinawa, Ryukyu Islands[]

The men in Eugene Sledge's outfit shoot off flares and run around excitedly at the news, and he, Burgin and Snafu watch the celebration apart from the rest from a perch atop a rock. Private Shelton, a/k/a/ Snafu, points out a constellation to Burgin, pretending to be official, and declares one to be "Snafu's Pecker." Lieutenant Mac stumbles up to them, drunkenly asks them what they'll do now and offers them the remainder of a bottle of scotch so they can have a little VJ party of their own.

Snafu stares after him. "'What'll we do now,'" he repeats with a faint smile on his face. "What an idiot!"

Burgin takes a hard pull from the bottle. "Well there it is," he says. "My first official act of peacetime." He hands the bottle to Snafu, who takes a drink. Sledge quietly smokes his pipe.

Leckie's Storyline[]

Back in the States[]

A taxi pulls up to a tree-lined street on a perfectly sunny day. Leckie, wearing a neatly pressed uniform, steps out and observes that nothing's changed. The cabbie replies that he thought the exact same thing when he got back. He hands Leckie his bag, and Leckie moves to hand him his fare but the cabbie won't accept it. He tells Leckie that even though he jumped into Normandy, he still got some liberties in London and Paris, while Leckie and the rest of the men in the Pacific Theater got nothing but jungle rot and malaria.

"Welcome home," he says with a serious look on his face, and nods at Leckie respectfully as he steps back into the cab. Leckie doesn't react other than to throw his knapsack over his back and head up to the door of what turns out to be his house.

His mother greets him by admonishing him for not giving them any warning of his return, and leads him to his childhood bedroom, which has been turned into the house storage locker. His father lamely offers to throw most of it away, but his mother insists she doesn't know where they'll put most of it. Leckie offers to clear a corner and make do, but his mother tells him that they'll clean it up. His father tells his mother to give him a moment, and they leave him in the clutter.

Sledge's Storyline[]

A train is delivering Sledge, Snafu, and Burgin back home. They too are cleaned up and wearing fresh clothes. Snafu sees a pretty girl and introduces himself as Merriell Shelton, and offers to take her to the back of the train so she can show him her caboose. She slaps him, and he smiles as the other men chuckle.

As Burgin sits down with them, they reveal that it's now 1946, six months after VJ Day. Snafu jokes that if they had gotten home earlier, his pickup line would have gotten a more receptive reaction. But six months later, "not as much as a complimentary beer," Burgin gripes.

Sledge observes that somebody had to stay and clean up after the war. Burgin says that he has to get a respectable job, but first he'll have to get his Aussie girlfriend over. He asks "Sledgehammer" what's next for him, but Sledge doesn't have an answer. He doesn't have a job lined up in Mobile -- "no job, no girl, no plans."

Snafu looks at the girl he got fresh with, who returns his look with a cold glare. He grins. "I'm gonna get that girl," he says with a smile. "You watch."

Lena's Scene[]

In another part of the country, Lena Basilone is slowly walking up to John's family home. She knocks on the door, and Mrs. Basilone answers. Lena introduces herself, and John's mother nods and says that she recognizes her from the photos John sent. She invites Lena in.

Inside, the house is dark and Mr. Basilone looks at Lena, addressing her in Italian. John's brother George comes downstairs and translates for her: "He says you're beautiful." George goes on to tell her that the last time he saw John in Honolulu, he couldn't stop talking about her.

The Basilones invite her to sit down with them, and she complies. Lena awkwardly compliments their home and when George asks, she tells them that she's waiting for orders. George asks if John' s insurance money is going to help her out, and she reveals that he never signed the papers. George is shocked -- it's $10,000. She holds back tears and insists that she's alright. George said that he saw his grave on Iwo Jima and assures her that he has lots of good Marine around him. Lena thanks him, then pulls a box out of her bag, saying she thought John's parent should have it. She hands over the box. It's John's Medal of Honor. As she fights back tears, Mrs. Basilone comes over to sit next to her and holds her, crying with her.

Sledge's Storyline[]

Sledge, Snafu, and Burgin's train pull up to Burgin's stop, and he's disappointed not to see Florence. Snafu assures them that it's a long way from Australia to Texas, but she'll make it here. As Burgin grabs his gear and move to exit, Snafu stops him.

"Thanks," Snafu says with a smile, "for doing all you did you keep us from getting our fool heads shot off." Burgin simply tells them they're good Marines, and makes his exit. Sledge and Snafu watch as he is greeted by his family with handshakes and hugs. They throw his sack into a waiting truck as the train pulls away.

Leckie's Storyline[]

Back in his hometown, Leckie is talking to the editor at the paper, and the newsroom is abuzz at having a hero in their midst. The women whisper and look at him, but Leckie brushes it off. The editor tells him that they're all proud of "all you soldiers."

"I was a Marine," Leckie says, gently correcting him as he sips his coffee. The editor gets down to business and says he's guessing he wants a job. Leckie informs him that he wants his old job as a sports columnist back, and strong-arms him into moving the present sports writer to the obits section. The editor is flabbergasted by Leckie's confidence and doesn't say no when Leckie gets up to cover a game going on that afternoon, or when he demand a raise.

That night Leckie is writing in his bedroom, in the dark, and looks out the window to see a car pull up to the house across the street. A man wearing military dress gets out, and opens the door for a woman -- Vera, the girl who assured Leckie she would pray for him. He watches this sadly as his mother comes into the room and interrupts. He snaps at her for sneaking up on him and sits back down at his typewriter while she looks out the window to see what her son was staring at.

"You are spying on Vera Keller," she says, half teasing, half chastising him. "She never gave you the time of day. And she's dating an officer, of course. Look at that fancy car." She says she came up to get him to stop banging on the typewriter and turns on the light. She checks his closet and points out that he's never worn his dress blues. He ignores her and pretends to be caught up in his work. She turns to look at him and says meaningfully, "I think you would look nice in them."

Snafu's Scene[]

Sledge's train pulls up to New Orleans -- Snafu's stop. Sledge is sleeping and after Snafu grabs his sack, he at first considers waking him to say goodbye, but thinks better of it. Snafu turns and gets off the train, quietly blending into the crowd at the station.

Leckie's Storyline[]

Leckie, in his dress blues, crosses the street and knocks on the door to call on Vera Keller. Mrs. Keller greets him coldly and doesn't recognize him, but when he tells her that he's lived across the street from her for the past 20 years, she softens a touch and goes to get Vera. When Vera comes to the door she greets him and tells him, kindly, that he looks well. "Nice uniform," he says awkwardly.

Robert asks, formally, if she would grant him the pleasure of taking her out. Vera politely tells him that she already has a date that night, and as she says it, he pulls up to the curb. "Nice car," Leckie says cockily.

He turns to greet his rival, Charles Dunworthy, at the curb and shakes his hand, a gesture he returns coldly. Leckie notes his Army uniform and asks where he served, Dunworthy casually replies that he's just graduated from West Point. Leckie addresses him as Lieutenant and finishes with, "Congralations. Too bad you missed the whole show."

Leckie then confidently turns around and asks Vera to dinner the next night, which Dunworthy tries to laugh off, saying she's not interested.

Vera observes this closely. "Actually," she says after a beat, "I don't have any plans for tomorrow night."

"O, is that right? Really?" Dunworthy says snobbily. "Obviously I've been wasting a lot of gasoline. Goodnight, Vera." He replaces his cap and stalks off. Vera tells Leckie that she's free that night after all.

Over a candlelit meal, Vera catches Leckie staring and at first he looks away and tells her that he's sorry. Then he recants and tells her he's not. He explains that three years ago, he was lying in the mud in a miserable part of the Pacific, dreaming about a moment like this with her. She blushes and says he must have been through a lot. He looks around the beautiful restaurant, and doesn't reply.

She asks, why her? Why not Rita Hayworth, or Betty Grable? "Because I know you," Leckie replies.

Vera corrects him by saying she doesn't really know her. He nervously rubs his temples and says that he doesn't know how to do this, but she assures him that he's doing fine. He reveals that he wrote her a lot of letters over there, but he never sent them because he didn't think he was going to make it. She asks to read them, but he tells her that he doesn't have them any more because the rain on Cape Gloucester erased every word. So she asks him what the letters were like, and he smiles. "Best stuff I ever wrote."

Sledge's Storyline[]

The train finally pulls into Mobile, and Sledge disembarks, grinning as his fellow soldiers are greeted by their families. Waiting for him is his friend, Sidney Phillips. Sidney is wearing a suit and drives a nice car. Sledge playfully throws his sack at him.

On the way home, Phillips asks Sledge to explain his pipe. Sledge takes it out of his mouth and stares at it, then explains that it calmed him down. Between packing it and cleaning it, he says, he always had something to do. Phillips asks Sledge what he remembers about Mary Houston, and Sledge replies that like everyone else in Mobile, he was in love with her. Phillips tells him that's too bad, because she's marrying him. Sledge jokes that sure she will, after she goes blind. Phillips grins and tells him he's just going to have to deal with it. Sledge can't believe what he's hearing. Phillips asks him to be his best man.

"If you think that I'm going to stand at the altar and lose Mary Houston to the likes of you..."Sledge trails off, then puts his pipe back in his mouth. "Well, hell yes!" They laugh.

Phillips drives Sledge up to his family's mansion, and Sledge goes quiet again. He gets out, and Phillips simply says, "Welcome home, Eugene."

Sledge takes the knocker in his hand, but changes his mind and instead, just walks inside. He looks around the empty house and puts down his sack, then slowly moves toward the kitchen, where he hears the sound of silver being put away. It's his mother, who turns around and immediately walks over to him and takes him in her arms. His father enters the room and watches them for a moment, then goes up to his son and shakes his hand warmly. His mother cries and hugs him again.

The Sledges throw Eugene a fancy welcome home dinner with the entire family. His brother is there with his wife. Later, Sledge watches from a nearby hallway as his brother shows off his war souvenir, a Nazi flag brought home from Prague. His mother and girlfriend ooh and aah over it. As his brother tells the story how he got it, Sledge does not seem impressed.

Later that night, Sledge wakes up his parents with the night terrors. His father sits grimly outside his bedroom door as he kicks and cries out in his sleep.

The next day, Sledge sits outside in a chair, immune to the birds singing and the calm around his. His brother Edward comes over to him and tells him he couldn't sleep peacefully for the longest time. He says his wife doesn't complain, but he knows he keeps waking her up. Edward then slips a bit of booze into his brother's coffee, and his own. Sledge tells Edward that he likes his wife, and Edward assures him that he'll find a girl of his own. He asks Sledge how he did, speaking of that, and Sledge reveals that there were no women for him during his time in the Pacific. Only nurses, and they were off-limits.

Edward can't believe Sledge maintained his virginity all the way through the war, and assures him that those days are numbered, since every woman in Mobile wants to land a fighting man. He assures him that if he goes to an upcoming ball in his dress uniform, all the ladies will be falling at his feet.

"No, Edward, I don't believe I will," Sledge says. His brother is confused -- why wouldn't he want to go to the ball? But Sledge corrects him. "I don't believe I will ever put on a uniform again."

Edward shakes his head. "Not a lick of sense in you." But Sledge can only return his teasing with a hollow expression.

The next day, Sledge put on a suit goes to register for classes at Alabama Polytechnic with the rest of the veterans. The well-meaning co-ed registrar's assistant asks him if he attended any special schools in the Marine Corps. Sledge tells her that he went through boot camp, and specialized in the mortar squad. She runs down the list of skills -- journalism? Accounting? He replies no to them all.

She politely puts the paper down and asks him if the Marines taught him any special skills that he can continue at Alabama Polytechnic. He pauses for a moment, then leans in and whispers, "They taught me how to kill Japs. I got pretty damn good at it." He looks at the shock on her face, then quickly excuses himself at leaves.

At the ball, Sledge is wearing the same suit and standing awkwardly over in the corner and men in tuxuedos and women in fancy masks and ball gowns dancing happily around him. Sidney, wearing his dress blues, is dancing with Mary. When he notices Sledge stepping outside, he excuses himself to be with his friend. Sledge stands outside and smokes his pipe as Phillips brings him a glass of punch.

"How did all this happen?" Sledge said. "I mean, look at us Sid. Standing here at a dance, drinking punch, not a scratch on us. I mean, what the hell are we doing here? Why did I end up back here when all those other fellas didn't?"

Sid tells him that every guy back has felt that, but he has to just pull himself out of bed in the morning and get on with his day. Do that enough times in a row, Sid says, and you forget some things. "For a while, anyway," he adds.

Mary interrupts Sidney and retrieves him for another dance. Sid invites Sledge back in with them, but he declines.

Leckie's Storyline[]

Elsewhere, Leckie and Vera are having dinner with their respective parents at Vera's house and discussing the foolishness of the latest great invention, the television set. Leckie and Vera are softly discussing that the TV will be the next great "thing" while their parents are griping about the expense of it all, and Mr. Leckie is softly complaining that creamed spinach is being served.

Vera's father pipes in that between that and the threats of workers striking, what did America fight those wars for. Leckie shut them all up with, "You know what I fought for?"

They're silent for a moment while Leckie picks up his glass, gazes into Vera's eyes and impishly replies, "Television." Vera is the only one who smiles. Vera's father calls for them to say grace and as everyone else's heads are bowed and they're clasping their hands in prayer, Leckie stares at Vera, then reaches over and takes one of her hands in his. As they stare at each other, Mrs. Leckie eyes the situation warily.

Sledge's Storyline[]

In Mobile, early one morning, Dr. Sledge drives his truck out into the property, holding his double barreled shotgun. Sledge is with him, holding his own shotgun. They go out on a dove hunt, but as they head into the brush, Sledge begins to hyperventilate. He drops his shotgun and starts to cry as he collapses to the ground. Dr. Sledge holds his son as he cries and apologizes, but his father says he never has to tell him he's sorry.

Later, Sledge is sitting under a tree while his mother brings him a drink. She tells him that his brother has been made a supervisor at the local bank, and that he could probably get him a job. She tells Sledge that he needs a plan for the future, and Sledge replies that his plan is to do nothing for a while. She begins to protest, but is interrupted by her husband, who tells her to leave him alone.

"The boy is idle," she says.

"He is not a boy," Dr. Sledge tells her, adding, "you have no idea what men like him have been through." He shoos her away.

Sledge lies back in the grass, and picks a daisy, contemplating it for a while. Later, he walks into an empty meadow alone.

Ending[]

The scene fades out to a photo of the real Eugene Sledge, and we learn that he earned a Ph.D. in Biology, then spent his career teaching at the University of Montevallo in Alabama. From notes he kept throughout the war, he eventually wrote his memoir "With the Old Breed at Peleliu and Okinawa," which was published in 1981. Survived by his wife, two sons and three grandchildren, Eugene died in 2001.

The real Robert Leckie married Vera Keller in 1946 and became a correspondent for the Associated Press. He went on to write nearly forty books, including his combat memoir, "Helmet For My Pillow," in 1957. Robert also died in 2001. He is survived by Vera, three children, and six grandchildren.

John Basilone was awarded a posthumous Navy Cross and Purple Heart for his actions in Iwo Jima. Since 1945, stamps have been issued with his likeness, and ships and highways have been christened in his honor. John is remembered every year with a parade in his hometown of Raritan, New Jersey. Lena Basilone learned John had been killed in Iwo Jima on her 32nd birthday. They had only been married for 7 months. She never remarried and died in 1999.

We then learn about what happened to the rest of the Marines featured in the series, among them...

"Runner" Bud Conley returned to Buffalo, NY in November 1944. He married his childhood friend Maryetta and sold cars for over 40 years. He died in 1997.

"Hoosier" Bill Smith survived the wounds he suffered on Peleliu. He returned to his hometown in Loogootee, Indiana, got married and raised four kids. He died in 1985.

"Chuckler" Lew Juergens received an honorable discharge from the Marines two weeks after the war ended. He married and worked as a steamfitter in Chicago. He remained close friends with Bob Leckie, Runner Conley and Hoosier Smith until he died in 1982.

"Snafu" Merriell Shelton stayed in Lousiana, worked in the lumber business, married and had two sons. He did not speak to his fellow Marines for more than 35 years, until he read Sledge's memoir. Sledge served as a pallbearer at Snafu's funeral in 1993.

Bill Leyden went on to become a pro golfer. He kept in touch with the other veterans (including Sledge) until his death in 2008.

Hugh Corrigan was promoted to Captain and married in 1994 while stationed in the U.S. He returned to action and was wounded in Okinawa in 1945, then lived with his wife in Ithaca, NY, until his death in 2005.

Lewis "Chesty" Puller is one of the most decorated marines in the history of the Corps. His extraordinary career spanned from WWI to Korea. He retired in 1955 and passed away in 1971.

Clifford "Steve" Evanson was 17 when he was killed in action on Iwo Jima.

Charles "Chuck" Tatum was awarded a Bronze star for his service on Iwo Jima. After the war, he designed and drove race cars. He lives in Stockton, California.

Romus Valton Burgin married his Australian sweetheart in Jewett, Texas in 1947. They have four daughters, and still call Texas home.

And Sidney Phillips married Mary, became a doctor, and practiced medicine for 38 years. He and Sledge remained best friends for the rest of Sledge's life. Phillips died in Alabama, after completing a long career and finally retiring. He died on September 26, 2015.

From their contemporary photos, we realize that the veterans who have been offering recollections and commentary as forewords to each of the ten episodes are the Burgin, Phillips, and Tatum of today.

Trivia[]

  • Robert Leckie returns after a few episodes absence.
  • Athough we learn the fate of many characters, only Leckie, Sledge, Sid, Snafu, Burgin, Vera, Lena, and Basilone's family were seen in the actual episode.
  • We never learn the fate of Jay De L'Eau, Tony Peck, Ronnie Gibson, J.P Morgan, or Stella.
  • When Bob Leckie was "re-interviewing" for his old job at the Bergen Evening Record, he said he wanted to cover a football game between Don Bosco Prep and Bergen Catholic. Bergen Catholic High School opened on September 11, 1955 - 10 years after the surrender of the Japanese in Tokyo Bay. A better choice for script choice would have been Bob's own Parish High School, Saint Mary High School was founded in 1929 or St. Cecilia High School (Which has closed in 1986) where THE Vince Lombardi was the Head coach at St. Cecilia High School in Englewood, NJ (1942-47).
  • At the Sledge family dinner, Eugene's brother shows a Nazi flag and says that he got it from Prague. The American army was never in Prague - it was liberated by the Red army.

See Also[]

Eugene Sledge

Robert Leckie

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