Edward P. Leahy Papers

Manuscript Collection #311
Leahy, Edward P.
Physical description
0.11 Cubic Feet, A 113-page (123 total papers including preface, maps, and table of contents) memoir of Edward P. Leahy's experiences in the U.S. Marine Corps during World War II.
Preferred Citation
Edward P. Leahy Papers (#311), East Carolina Manuscript Collection, J. Y. Joyner Library, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina, USA.
ECU Manuscript Collection
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Papers (1943-1945) consisting of a memoir, with preface, maps, table of content, describing the author's experiences in Co. D., 20th Marines (Engineers), 4th Marine Division, U.S. Marine Corps during World War II, including the battles for the Marshall Islands, Saipan, Tinian, and Iwo Jima.

Biographical/historical information

Edward P. Leahy was a member of the U.S. Marine Corps from 1943 to 1945. During his tour of duty he was stationed in S.C., N.C., and California, and saw military action in the South Pacific. During the ten years following his military duty he traveled throughout the world.

Scope and arrangement

Leahy began his military career on Feb. 5, 1943. His first few months were spent in basic training at Parris Island, S.C. (pp. 1-7) followed by assignments at Camp Lejeune, Jacksonville, N.C. (p. 12), and Camp Pendleton, California (p. 14).

Leahy throughout his memoirs gives one a glimpse of life and personal thoughts of a man in the military. Leahy comments on experiences aboard a transport ship (pp. 16-17), training aboard ship (p. 20), his feelings just before their first combat experience (p. 26), eccentricities of colleagues (pp. 35-38), the average soldier's favorite topics of conversation (p. 72), shore leave in Hawaii (p. 41), and the thrill of being discharged from the military (p. 108).

Leahy was involved in four major military engagements. He recounts the battle for the Marshall Islands (pp. 21-32) and the battles of Saipan (pp. 44-64), Tinian (pp. 66-68), and Iwo Jima (pp. 77-101). These narratives discuss the number of men killed in action by accident (p. 32), the mutilation of dead Japanese soldiers (p. 28), different types of artillery fire (p. 85), and life aboard medical ships (p. 101).

Following the war's end Leahy, after becoming bored with the peacetime lull, traveled around the world for ten years. A brief description of these adventures is provided in the epilogue (p. 111-113).

Administrative information
Custodial History

May 28, 1976, 116-page World War II memoir of Marine Corps service in the South Pacific. Copy of original in possession of Dr. Edward P. Leahy, Greenville, N.C.

Source of acquisition

Gift of Dr. Edward P. Leahy

Processing information

Processed by H. Warren, March 1981

Encoded by Apex Data Services

Copyright notice

Literary rights to specific documents are retained by the authors or their descendants in accordance with U.S. copyright law.

Key terms
Personal Names
Leahy, Edward P.
Corporate Names
Parris Island (S.C. : Recruit depot)
United States. Marine Corps--Military life
Iwo Jima, Battle of, Japan, 1945--Personal narratives, American
Kwajalein Atoll, Battle of, Marshall Islands, 1944
Saipan, Battle of, Northern Mariana Islands, 1944
World War, 1939-1945--Campaigns--Marshall Islands
World War, 1939-1945--Campaigns--Northern Mariana Islands--Tinian
World War, 1939-1945--Personal narratives, American
World War,1939-1945--Casualties
Camp Lejeune (N.C.)
Camp Pendleton (Calif.)
Hawaii--Description and travel