With the Old Breed


E.B. Sledge

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Capt. Paul Douglas Character Analysis

This fifty-three-year-old enlisted Marine helps Sledge and other members of Company K carry supplies across the beach on Peleliu. The young Marines watch him in disbelief, unable to understand why an old man would submit himself to the horror of war. A professor at the University of Chicago and future Senator of Illinois, Paul Douglas becomes a legend in the 1st Marine Division.
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Capt. Paul Douglas Character Timeline in With the Old Breed

The timeline below shows where the character Capt. Paul Douglas appears in With the Old Breed. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Part 1, Chapter 4: Assault into Hell
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...help, and the men are fascinated to notice that the man, who presents himself as Paul Douglas , is over fifty years old. When asked why he joined the war, Douglas simply... (full context)