First edition of Helmet For My Pillow by Robert Leckie, the inspiration for the HBO miniseries, The Pacific.
Octavo, 312pp. Blue boards over black cloth spine, title stamped in gilt. Stated “first printing” on copyright page. Clean copy, likely never read. In publisher’s near fine dust jacket, $3.95 retail price on front flap, archival repair to top edge of spine on verso, bright illustrations, faint shelf wear. Includes presentation inscription from a Marine to a fellow soldier. An exceptional copy.
Helmet For My Pillow is an autobiographical look at Private First Class Robert Leckie’s service in the United States Marine Corps during World War II. He was assigned to the Pacific theater, where he participated in the Guadalcanal Campaign and Battle of Peleliu. This book, along with With the Old Breed by Eugene Sledge, was the basis of the HBO miniseries, The Pacific. Robert Leckie died in 2001.