- Additional Details
- Format: Closed-captioned, Color, DVD-Video, NTSC
- Rating: Not Rated
- Number of Discs: 1
- Run Time: 50 Minutes
- Region: Region 1
- Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
- Language: English
- Studio: History Channel
- DVD Release Date: November 6, 2001
The man who wrote the book hailed as the finest account of an enlisted man's war speaks on camera about his harrowing experiences in the South Pacific.
Private Eugene B. Sledge of the 1st Marine Division was at the front lines for two of the bloodiest campaigns in the history of the Corps. He joined the division in the summer of 1944, just in time to land on Peleliu and Okinawa. There, the 20-year-old soldier miraculously survived four months of front-line fighting, most of it conducted within grenade range of the enemy--if not closer. The book he later wrote about his experiences, With the Old Breed at Peleliu and Okinawa, has been hailed as the finest and most harrowing account of an enlisted man's war ever written.
UNSUNG HEROES draws on riveting accounts from the book and in-depth interviews with "Sledgehammer" himself to fashion a moving portrait of the strength, sacrifice, brutality and horror of close-quarter fighting. What emerges is a picture of pure heroism, a willingness to face unimaginable danger and suffering to protect others, as well as a poignant look at the price paid by those who serve.
Though he never won a medal for heroism, it was largely because so few who witnessed his exploits lived to tell about it.