In Part 2 of The Pacific, Sgt. John Basilone (Jon Seda) and the rest of the 7th Marines arrive in Guadalcanal to reinforce the exhausted and disease-ridden 1st Marine Division as they continue to defend the crucial U.S. airstrip on the island. Basilone proves a fearless leader and soldier during an overnight Japanese attack, but he also suffers a tragic personal loss.
"We've been swallowed by the jungle and 5,000 Japs are waiting to kill us." - PFC Robert Leckie
With most of the scene-setting taken care of in Part 1, this hour is devoted to much more action. The hour opens with Basilone, Morgan and Rodriguez out for a stroll with the rest of their men. Suddenly, a few shots ring out and one of their men is dead. It's indicative of how the Japanese Army always seems to be lurking in the jungle. No huge battle breaks out, but the Japanese are watching, and still very much have the upper hand.
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