Guadalcanal Diary by Richard Tregaskis
We bought a box of books at an auction.In it was a hardcovered book published in 1943 called "Guadalcanal Diary".It appears to be a diary which covers the time period from July 26, 1942, to September 25.It includes some wartime photos.The book is not it the best of condition.I have no use for it but do not want to just throw out.If anyone is interested, let me know.I will mail out and you can reimburse upon receipt.
Friday, August 21
At about 2:30 this morning,we were awakened by the sound of heavy machine-gun fire coming from the east.There were several long bursts, and then the firing slacked, and we decided the disturbance had been only a brush between one of our listening posts and a Jap patrol.
At 4:30, however, we were waked again, and this time we knew it was no mere patrol action which we had heard.The sound of the firing was loud now, and it sounded as if hundreds of rifles and machine guns were firing at once.And now the firing of smaller arms was augmented by loud, heavy reports that could be only artillery or mortars.We hurriedly got dressed and went to Col. Hunt's field office, where a group was already gathered.Considering the fact that the firing we had heard probably marked the long-awaited Jap invasion attempt, everyone seemed in high good humor.Possibly the coming of our air support yesterday was responsible.