With the Old Breed


E.B. Sledge

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Although Sledge does not describe his personal relationship with veteran infantryman Redifer, he considers him one of the most reliable, courageous companions in Company K. On various occasions, Redifer demonstrates his capacity to reason on his own and to take bold action to protect his companions. On one occasion, he exposes himself to enemy fire to protect his comrades as they transport ammunition across a dangerous clearing. Although his companions admire him for this deed, the despised officer “Shadow” berates him, thus demonstrating that officials are not always able to recognize bravery in combat. Redifer is one of the twenty-six members of Company K to survive the battles of Peleliu and Okinawa.

John Redifer Quotes in With the Old Breed

The With the Old Breed quotes below are all either spoken by John Redifer or refer to John Redifer. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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Part 2, Chapter 11 Quotes

The troops often expressed the opinion that whether an enlisted man was or wasn’t recommended for a decoration for outstanding conduct in combat depended primarily on who saw him perform the deed. This certainly was true in the case of Redifer and what he had done to get the ammunition across the draw. I had seen other men awarded decorations for less, but Redifer was not so fortunate as to receive the official praise he deserved. Just the opposite happened.

Page Number: 226
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John Redifer Character Timeline in With the Old Breed

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Part 2, Chapter 11: Of Shock and Shells
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...machine-gun begins to fire at them and Sledge is able to hide behind some supplies. Redifer then intervenes, throwing a grenade to shield his companions. Although Sledge is terrified of being... (full context)
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Although the Marines all realize that Redifer has behaved bravely and saved their lives, a first lieutenant, nicknamed “Shadow,” whom everyone hates... (full context)