The following was sent to me by a Marine friend here on the west coast. Be sure to check out the trailers below the message. The guy who plays "Chesty" will have a tuff job. I'm looking forward to seeing the series.

S/F Gary
HMM-263 '66-'67

Marine Corps Version of the Airborne's WW II "Band of
> Brothers"

> For a
> long time rumors have circulated that Tom Hanks and Steven
> Spielberg were
> collaborating on a World War II: Pacific Theater/Marine
> Corps HBO mini series
> in the same spirit of their highly respected Band of
> Brothers.? This is
> no longer a rumor. In
> 2010, The Pacific will air on HBO as a ten part mini
> series.
> The
> Pacific is based on the
> books With the Old Breed, by Eugene Sledge, which was
> hai led by historian Paul
> Fussell as one of the finest memoirs to emerge from any
> war, and Helmet for My
> Pillow,? by Robert Leckie (recipient of the
> Marine Corps Combat
> Correspondents Annual Award), as well
> as original interviews conducted by the filmmakers. > Continuing the World War II
> oral history work begun by his father Stephen E. Ambrose
> (author of the book
> Band of Brothers), Hugh Ambrose serves as a consultant on
> the miniseries, as
> does Captain Dale Dye, USMC (Saving Private Ryan, Band of
> Brothers and
> Platoon).
> The
> miniseries follows Kilo Company, 3rd Battalion, 5th Marine
> Regiment, 1st Marine
> Division. Specifically, it tracks the intertwined odysseys
> of three U.S.
> Marines - Robert Leckie (played by James Badge Dale),
> Eugene Sledge (played by
> Joe Mazzello) and John Basilone (played by Jon Seda) -
> across the vast canvas
> of the Pacific. The extraordinary experiences of these men
> and their fellow
> Marines take them from the first clash with the Japanese in
> the haunted jungles
> of Guadalcanal, through the impenetrable rain forests of
& gt; Cape Gloucester,
> across the blasted coral strongholds of Peleliu, up the
> black sand terraces of
> Iwo Jima, through the killing fields of Okinawa, to the
> triumphant, yet uneasy,
> return home after V-J Day.
> Watch
> the Official HBO Trailer at:
> For
> more information, see:
> Visit
> the series fan site at: