Eugene Sledge (1923 2001). In 1981 Sledge published With the Old Breed: At Peleliu and Okinawa a memoir of his World War II service with the United States Marine Corps. In April 2007 it was announced that With the Old Breed along with Robert Leckie's Helmet for My Pillow would form the basis for the HBO series The Pacific from the same producers as Band of Brothers.
Band of Brothers (2001( Great movie!.. this Emmy-nominated miniseries profiles the men of Easy Company, the airborne infantry regiment that parachuted into France on D-Day, fought the Battle of the Bulge and captured Hitler's Eagle's Nest. Drawn from journals and letters -- the drama underscores the extraordinary fear and unflagging bravery that made these soldiers heroes. Damian Lewis, Donnie Wahlberg, Ron Livingston...1,3,27