|Real Name:||Eugene Sledge|
|Birth Day:||November 4, 1923|
|Death Date:||March 3, 2001(2001-03-03) (aged 77)
Montevallo, Alabama, U.S.
|Birth Place:||New Orleans, Louisiana, United States|
As per our current Database, Eugenie Bondurant died on March 3, 2001(2001-03-03) (aged 77)
Montevallo, Alabama, U.S..
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Eugene Bondurant Sledge was born on November 4, 1923, in Mobile, Alabama, to Edward Simmons Sledge, a physician, and Mary Frank Sturdivant Sledge, dean of women students at Huntingdon College. He graduated from Murphy High School in Mobile in the spring of 1942.
In the fall of 1942, Sledge enrolled in the Marion Military Institute, in Marion, Alabama, but then instead chose to volunteer for the U.S. Marine Corps in December 1942. He was placed in the V-12 officer training program and was sent to the Georgia Institute of Technology, where he and half of his detachment "flunked out" so they would be allowed to serve their time as enlistees and not "miss the war".
During his service, Sledge kept notes of what happened in his pocket-sized New Testament. When the war ended, he compiled these notes which would, many years later, become the memoir With the Old Breed. After being posted to Beijing after the war, he was discharged from the Marine Corps in February 1946 with the rank of corporal.
He returned to Auburn in 1953, where he worked as a research assistant until 1955. That same year he graduated from API with a Master of Science degree in botany.
From 1956 to 1960, Sledge attended the University of Florida and worked as a research assistant. He published numerous papers on helminthology and in 1956 joined the Helminthological Society of Washington. He received his doctorate in biology from the University of Florida in 1960. He was employed by the Division of Plant Industry for the Florida State Department of Agriculture from 1959 to 1962.
In the summer of 1962, Sledge was appointed assistant professor of biology at Alabama College (now the University of Montevallo). In 1970, he became a professor, a position he held until his retirement in 1990. He taught zoology, ornithology, comparative vertebrate anatomy, and other courses during his long tenure there. Sledge was popular with his students, and organized field trips and collections around town. In 1989, he received an honorary degree and rank of colonel from Marion Military Institute.
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. With the Old Breed was reprinted in 1990 (with an introduction by Paul Fussell) and again in 2007 (with an introduction by Victor Davis Hanson). In 1992, Sledge was featured in the documentary film Peleliu 1944: Horror in the Pacific. 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.
Sledge died after a long battle with stomach cancer on March 3rd, 2001. He is buried near his parents and brother in Pine Crest Cemetery located in Mobile, Alabama.
A second memoir, China Marine: An Infantryman's Life after World War II, was published posthumously. Its initial hardbound edition, with foreword by Stephen E. Ambrose, was published May 10, 2002, by University of Alabama Press and did not have the subtitle listed. It was republished in a 2003 paperback edition with the subtitle by Oxford University Press. China Marine discussed his postwar service in Peking (now known as Beijing), his return home to Mobile, and his recovery from the psychological trauma of warfare.
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