Robert Leckie was the author of more than thirty works of military history as well as Marines, a collection of short stories, and Lord, What a Family!, a memoir. Raised in Rutherford, New Jersey, he started writing professionally at age sixteen, covering sports for The Bergen Evening Record of Hackensack. He enlisted in the United States Marine Corps on the day following the attack on Pearl Harbor, going on to serve as a machine gunner and as an intelligence scout and participating in all 1st Marine Division campaigns except Okinawa. Leckie was awarded five battle stars, the Naval Commendation Medal with Combat V, and the Purple Heart. Helmet for My Pillow (Random House, 1957) was his first book; it received the Marine Corps Combat Correspondents Association award upon publication.
"Helmet for My Pillow is a grand and epic prose poem. Robert
Leckie's theme is the purely human experience of war in the
Pacific, written in the graceful imagery of a human being
"One hell of a book! The real stuff that proves the U.S. Marines are the greatest fighting men on earth!"-Leon Uris, author of Battle Cry