IAMA WWII Marine Corps Rifleman, Sterling Mace, and Author of Battleground Pacific: A Marine Rifleman's Combat Odyssey in K/3/5. AMA about the Battle of Peleliu.
Hi Reddit. My name is Sterling Mace. I served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1942-1945. I am 88 years old. I am also an author. http://us.macmillan.com/author/sterlingmace . My book came out on May 8th, 2012: Battleground Pacific: A Marine Rifleman's Combat Odyssey with K/3/5, from St. Martin's Press. http://us.macmillan.com/battlegroundpacific/SterlingMace.
I would like to focus primarily on the battle of Peleliu, but other topics are free game, such as the Great Depression, growing up in Queens, New York in the 1930s...or anything Marine Corps related.
Ask me anything; I'm not shy. I suppose almost anything, except for questions about Gene Sledge, who I didn't know very well since he was in the mortars and I was a rifleman at the front of the line. I'm sure he was a swell marine, but I didn't even have a chance to know him because the mortars were about 75-100 yards behind us on the line (a few other riflemen and I were consultants on his book, though, and you can find my name in the acknowledgment, for what it's worth – which isn't much).
Otherwise, I'm here for you. Not for me. It is my honor to be among you today. If by educating, you somehow find in your hearts to honor those who never made it back, then my mission is complete.
Edits: Okay, I've been going a long time and I'm about half loopy on martinis. I'm going to take a break and come back later if anybody is still interested. Hell, you think you might be interested in another one of these a few months from now? I really want to answer everyone's questions, so if I haven't, please keep your shirt on and I'll get around to you.