War is not just for heroes : World War II dispatches and letters of U.S. Marine Corps combat correspondent Claude R. "Red" Canup /

"Filling a gap in U.S. Marine Corps aviation history, War Is Not Just for Heroes rescues the incredible true stories written by one marine as a combat correspondent in the Pacific during World War II as shared through his dispatches, letters, diary entries, personal notes, and tapes. At a time...

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Author / Creator: Canup, Claude Richard, 1911-1999.
Other Authors / Creators:Keaton-Lima, Linda M. Canup, 1941-
Format: eBook Electronic
Language:English
Imprint: Columbia : University of South Carolina Press, ©2012.
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Summary:"Filling a gap in U.S. Marine Corps aviation history, War Is Not Just for Heroes rescues the incredible true stories written by one marine as a combat correspondent in the Pacific during World War II as shared through his dispatches, letters, diary entries, personal notes, and tapes. At a time when the average recruit was a strapping, healthy eighteen-year-old male fresh out of high school, the U.S. Marine Corps began recruiting experienced reporters who formed the coalition of hard-hitting, frontline journalists known as Denig's Demons. These men combined their combat training with their years of newsprint experience, establishing the impregnable power and prowess of the U.S. Marine Corps and the portable typewriter. Armed with their rifles, typewriters, and skills, combat correspondents reported what was often the only news from Pacific islands. Writing about heroic missions and daily activities from war zones, marine combat correspondents linked marines back to their hometown communities. Hailing from Anderson, South Carolina, and enlisting at the age of thirty-three, journalist and combat correspondent Claude R. "Red" Canup (1911-1999) was a prolific chronicler of the war zone. Canup recounted the startling, poignant, and at times surreal life of a marine during the war. Combining a dry sense of humor with a biting rhetoric and snappy intellect, his dispatches and letters juxtapose the good with the bad, life with death. Canup joined Marine Aircraft Group 45 and spent several peaceful months on Ulithi, a tiny island transformed from a steaming jungle into a strategically located marine air base. In his homespun manner, Canup enthusiastically reports on every detail, from basketball games to outdoor movies to island culture. Without missing a beat, Canup describes the unfolding battle of Okinawa with the insight of a weathered marine. After joining Marine Aircraft Group 31 in April 1945, he experienced 185 red alerts in 131 days with a grit and haunting honesty that memorialize the sacrifice and bravery of his fellow marines. Reporting from Yontan and Chimu airfields, Okinawa and Yokosuka naval bases, and elsewhere in Japan, Canup offers a compelling firsthand perspective on the war's final years."--Publisher.

Firsthand accounts of war in the Pacific theater from an intrepid reporter of World War II combat

War Is Not Just for Heroes rescues the incredible true stories of US Marine Corps. Written by one marine, Claude R. "Red" Canup, a combat correspondent in the Pacific during World War II, these dispatches and private letters provide insight into the grind of war and ordinary men and women who carried out their duty. Thoughtfully edited and contextualized by a preface and prologue by his daughter, Linda M. Canup Keaton-Lima, War Is Not Just for Heroes combines documentary and biography to provide the human dimensions of those in combat and those who reported out.

Item Description:Print version record.
Physical Description:1 online resource (xxvi, 258 pages) : illustrations, map, photographs.
Bibliography:Includes bibliographical references (page 251) and index.
ISBN:9781643364872
1643364871
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Linda M. Canup Keaton-Lima is a native of Anderson, South Carolina, and holds a PhD from Clemson University. She worked for more than thirty years in public schools and community colleges of South Carolina and North Carolina.