Edward P. Leahy Papers, 1943-1945

Manuscript Collection #311

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Title: Edward P. Leahy Papers
Creator: Leahy, Edward P.
Repository: ECU Manuscript Collection
Languages: English
Abstract: 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.
Extent: 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.

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Accessions Information

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.

Access Restrictions

No restrictions

Copyright Notice

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

Preferred Citation

Edward P. Leahy Papers (#311), East Carolina Manuscript Collection, J. Y. Joyner Library, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina, USA.

Acquisition Information

  • Gift of Dr. Edward P. Leahy

Processing Information

  • Processed by H. Warren, March 1981

  • Encoded by Apex Data Services


Biographical / Historical Note Click here to collapse or expand the contents in this section of the finding aid

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.

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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).

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Online access to this finding aid is supported with funds created through the federal Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA). These funds come through a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services which is administered by the State Library of North Carolina, a division of the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources. This grant is part of the North Carolina ECHO, Exploring Cultural Heritage Online, Digitization Grant Program.

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