A veteran of the famous battle of Cape Gloucester, Snafu is one of Sledge’s fellow 60 mm mortarmen in Company K. Thanks to his knowledge and experience as a veteran fighter, as well as his obvious commitment to performing his duty as expertly as possible, Snafu becomes a figure characterized by trust and respect, capable of making Sledge feel more secure. The two of them become “buddies” and often share a gun hole throughout the war. Snafu proves reliable and helpful, as he gives Sledge advice at the beginning of Peleliu to keep him from harm. Although Snafu is loved and respected by his companions, he is also capable of challenging his companions’ actions or opinions, once mistakenly accusing Sledge of failing to fire his mortar and thus causing an action to fail. This defiant attitude occasionally leads to insubordination, as he is unafraid to behave pugnaciously and criticize his superiors’ orders. He is one of the twenty-six members of Company K to survive the battles of Peleliu and Okinawa.
Cpl. Merriell “Snafu” Shelton Character Timeline in With the Old Breed
The timeline below shows where the character Cpl. Merriell “Snafu” Shelton appears in With the Old Breed. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Part 1, Chapter 3: On to Peleliu
Part 1, Chapter 4: Assault into Hell
Part 1, Chapter 5: Another Amphibious Assault
Part 2, Chapter 9: Stay of Execution
Part 2, Chapter 10: Into the Abyss