See biography by P. C. Marzio (1973).
James Rube Garrett
Author of A Marine Diary: My Experiences on Guadalcanal, An Eyewitness Account of the Battle of Guadalcanal by a WWII Marine , Garrett was a Corporal, Ammo Chief for I Battery, 3rd Battalion, 11th Regiment and a charter member of the 1st Marine Division, formed in Cuba in 1940.Garrett penned diary entries during his 4 months of action at the Battle of Guadalcanal. They detail the war in the Solomons as he lived it...one day at a time. This is a true eyewitness account of the Battle of Guadalcanal captured by a young 20 year old Marine just as it was written 66 years ago.
His diary is cited and recognized by historians, universities, libraries, students, and people across the globe aiding in understanding not only the critical political elements of this battle, but the everyday life of a young Marine intent on his duty.
"Before Guadalcanal the enemy advanced at his pleasure -- after Guadalcanal he retreated at ours." - Admiral "Bull" William Halsey
November 12, 1942
"Was given word to pack up and move at 3 o'clock. In rear echelon. Saw the most unusual sight yet. 16 torpedo planes shot down by 28 ships that were in the harbor. Big planes being shot down by Grummans and anti-aircraft fire. Really beautiful.
They flew in low, about 50 feet over the water. I remember we had 30 or 40 or 50 ships sitting in the harbor there, and tall grass covered dunes which you could get on and pretty much have a panoramic view of the whole bay. I remember seeing a big air raid come in and black anti-aircraft fire was coming crazy from all the ships in the harbor -- all kind of puffs of smoke hit the sky. In fact there were 16 torpedo bombers come over and I don't think they hit a thing; they were all being shot down and I think one or two got past the fleet. Our planes were after them too. And way out there on the horizon, we saw the last one go down -- all of them were shot down -- we could see the fire and the smoke. These were big two motor bombers: Japanese bombers burn real good."
Garrett's award winning site featuring his Marine Diary is listed on the official website of Solomon Islands Department of Commerce
A Marine Diary is frequently noted on educational sites as historical evidence to the facts of the battle: