In this eighth installment of The Pacific, Sgt. John Basilone tires of being a pencil-pushing war hero and returns to Camp Pendleton to train a new batch of Marines. While there, he falls in love with Sgt. Lena Riggi, who initially resists his charms. Although much of the episode is devoted to the couple's courtship, eventual marriage, and Basilone's decision to re-enlist, the hour culminates in yet another masterfully shot battle sequence as Basilone leads his trainees into combat on Iwo Jima.
"You think you are fighting a bucktooth cartoon dreamed up by some a--hole on Madison Avenue to sell soap? The Japs I know - the Japanese soldiers - have been fighting since you were in diapers." - Basilone
Just as Basilone told his commanding officer before being shipped back home to go on a war bond-touting tour, he didn't feel much like a hero, despite his actions on Guadalcanal. As the action returns to Basilone's life, it appears that neither the radio appearances nor free drinks nor nights between the sheets with Hollywood starlets have really changed Basilone's mind. So, even though his enlistment is up in six months, he begs to return to training young soldiers.
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