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Easy Company Marines: More Than Brothers Paperback – January 26, 2012
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About the Author
The oldest of six children born to Ethel and Elmer Pileggi, Vito was raised in rural Oregon on a small farm and attended schools near Sherwood. After serving one three-year enlistment in the Marines Corps and attaining the rank of sergeant, he entered the Oregon State Police, employed as a patrol officer. After serving three years with the State Police in Astoria and Tillamook, the author re-enlisted in the Marines, retaining his old rank as sergeant. A year later he was stricken with polio and was eventually discharged from the service. The State Police rehired him even though his right arm and shoulder were severely restricted by the disease. He was assigned to communications in the Eugene Patrol Office for eight years, after which he transferred to the State Police Identification Bureau as a fingerprint technician in Salem. Before retiring at the rank of lieutenant, the author supervised the Oregon State Police data processing section. Throughout the years he has been very active as a singer and board member with Festival Chorale Oregon, a regional concert choir of approximately one hundred professional and amateur singers. The author has coordinated performance tours for the Chorale throughout mainland Europe and Carnegie Hall in New York. He currently lives in Stayton, Oregon, was married and has five children: Stephen, Thomas, Angela, Richard and Joseph.
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This book was written by my uncle, Ted Pileggi. Growing up, I knew he was in the war, but that was about it. Not once did I hear a story about his experiences, and not once did I ever ask. I wish I would have. Call me biased, but this accounting of what happened over there during 1951-52 is what I'd want to read, not some history book's detailing of the events. Personal accounts are much more compelling and Uncle Ted delivers. I highly recommend this book for anyone curious about the Korean War, especially what it was like to be on the front lines. My only regret is waiting 42 years to hear these stories.
I appreciate Mr. Pileggi putting this book together. It includes stories and pictures from men in his squad and platoon including my father. The book paints a very good picture of what it's really like to slog through the hills. valleys, bunkers, etc... during the Korean War. It really gave me great insight as to what my father must have gone through in his everyday life during the war. It also flows well; I had a hard time putting it down a few times, waiting to see what was going to happen next.
A definite must read for war history buffs who are looking for a detailed gritty "day in the life" account versus an overview of the war.