UNT Press publishes Marine's memoir

The University of North Texas Press has published Roy H. Elrod's We Were Going To Win, or Die There: With the Marines at Guadalcanal, Tarawa and Saipan.

The memoir ($29.95, cloth cover) recalls Elrod's time in the Marine Corps. He joined in 1940, and a few years later, he traveled to the Guadalcanal with the 8th Marine Regiment. Elrod commanded a platoon of 37mm gunners.

The marines powered through Japanese attacks, malarial tropical weather and starvation rations.  On D-Day, his platoon waded ashore at Tarawa with their 37mm canons, no easy task as they weighed 1,000 pounds. The soldiers slogged...