They were marines
Day after day after day the misery they suffered while trying to fight an exceptionally brutal and fanatical enemy was overwhelming and yet they endured. they were marines, true members of the greatest generation. i watched the miniseries pacific then read the book, then watched pacific again. and i'll probably watch it a third time soon. it's the most engrossing miniseries i've ever seen, except for lonesome dove (which i've watched at least a dozen times).