UM to honor WWII vet Eugene “Sledgehammer” Sledge with sculpture, scholarships

Joris Nieuwint

The University of Montevallo plans to honor a nationally known World War II veteran with a strong connection to the university.

Dr. Eugene Bondurant “E.B.” Sledge volunteered for the U.S. Marine Corps in 1942. Sledge served on the Pacific island of Peleliu and at Okinawa, Japan.

After the war, he wrote his memoir, “With the Old Breed: at Peleliu and Okinawa,” which is “widely regarded as the most historically significant memoir of combat during World War II,” according to UM Assistant History Professor Dr. John Bawden.


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