A Gloucester veteran, Burgin is Sledge’s patrol sergeant on Peleliu and Okinawa, and Sledge respects him immensely for his competence and courage. Burgin is wounded on Okinawa but returns to the war after three weeks of convalescence. He proves to be a reliable, intelligent leader, taking part in various acts of bravery. On one occasion, he successfully coordinates an attack against a pillbox—an action for which Sledge is convinced Burgin should have received an official decoration. Burgin is also confident and capable of asserting his opinion against incompetent officers such as Mac in order to protect the men’s lives.
Cpl. R. V. Burgin Character Timeline in With the Old Breed
The timeline below shows where the character Cpl. R. V. Burgin appears in With the Old Breed. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Part 1, Chapter 5: Another Amphibious Assault
...they are told is empty. When Sledge hears Japanese voices emerging from the pillbox, Cpl. Burgin initially disbelieves him. However, when he goes to look through the ventilator, he sees the... (full context)
Part 2, Chapter 9: Stay of Execution
Part 2, Chapter 11: Of Shock and Shells
Part 2, Chapter 12: Of Mud and Maggots
...develops a deep headache. During that period, as Company K moves from fight to fight, Burgin is wounded, although he returns eighteen days later—to the Marines’ joy, as Sledge notes that... (full context)