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1 UNIDENTIFIED MARINE FROM TENNESSEE c1947 PHOTOGRAPHIC AND TYPESCRIPT JOURNAL OF A MARINE FROM TENNESSEE - SUPER RELIC OF WWII BY A CHARMING NEAR POETIC SURVIVOR OF GUADALCANAL
TENNESSEE NEW CALEDONIA GUADALCANAL SOUTH PACIFIC 1947 Very Good+ Manuscript 
On offer is a sensational relic of World War II being a photographic diary with accompanying typescript journal commentary by an unidentified soldier from Tennessee. The Marine did a brilliant job putting together a handmade diary illustrated with two groups of photographs [the kind you might have gotten in the PX during the War]. Our sense is that the author has either returned to the area or hasn't yet left the arena of the War but soon after the War our author begins this charming retelling of experiences both good and terrible in the South Pacific. He uses twenty-five photographs and then details and stories relating to the people he was with or the scenes depicted in the photos. It is heartbreaking and heartwarming all at the same time. The soldier does not tell us his name but he makes references to being from Tennessee. He writes of taking a ship to New Caledonia and of people he worked with and situations he encountered. A great deal of his time was spent in Guadalcanal. In one moving passage he tells the story of his friend and mentor Howard H. [Gabby] Gould III; a soldier during World War I who reenlisted after Pearl Harbor. He became a drill sergeant and then made his way to New Caledonia. There he learned that he was considered unfit for overseas duty. Heartbreakingly Gabby dies of a broken heart 2 weeks after being shipped stateside. This is one of the most unique WWII relics we have come across. VG+. 
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