Brent A Peterson
New Book To Be Released
Sat Mar 9, 2019 20:56

Dear Tarawa Talk friends,
Jon Stevens gave me permission to tell you about a new book that you may be interested in. "Once Upon A Lifetime: The Epic True Story of Corporal William Wesley Bennett, USMC" will be released on on April 14th, 2019. Corporal Bennett served with the 2nd Pioneer Battalion, which became 2nd Battalion, 18th Marines. Bennett's Company D/2/18 took part in combat in the Solomon Islands, Tarawa, Saipan and Tinian. Two thirds of this 504 page book involves one of the most in-depth accounts of a USMC combat Marine Company ever written.
The book is the result of a four year research project including personal letters from the Pacific, Archive records, declassified USN reports and USMC reports. Wendell Perkins (A/1/6) was interviewed for the book as his own combat experiences overlap Bennett's story on Saipan. Advance orders are being received as the books are currently being printed by Versa Press. For more info, visit or Facebook: BPetersonbooks I would be happy to answer any questions here at Tarawa Talk. Regards, Brent A. Peterson

    • Re: New Book To Be ReleasedTom Godwin, Mon Mar 18 22:35
      Will buy this book as well. Hoping it may provide further insight into research I am doing on E/2/2. Bennett came in with Amey's 2/2 according to one of the posts here on TOTW. A couple of sources... more
    • BookKurt A Barickman, Mon Mar 11 13:16
      Interesting topic and not much written about the 18th Regiment and especially the 2/18. Will buy this book as some of the items in my Tarawa collection are the WWII dress greens and dress blue... more
    • New Book to Be ReleasedClay Bonnyman Evans, Sun Mar 10 10:44
      Hi, Brent. The book sounds interesting. My grandfather was with F Co., 2/18, and killed at Tarawa. I realize the book won't be published until April 14, but I didn't find it on Amazon when I searched ... more
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