CORNERSTONES OF COURAGE Reveals Heroism in the Pacific War


"SSgt. William James Bordelon was the bravest Marine I ever saw" says his squad mate in an interview with the Marine Corps Chevron dated June 10, 1944. SSgt. Bordelon was wounded, yet he pressed on and assisted other wounded marines. He then attacked and destroyed four enemy machine gun positions by himself. He succeeded, but at the cost of his own life. He was a hero of the Battle of Tarawa and posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor.

"Cornerstones of Courage" (published by Xlibris) by Douglas R. Pricer is the first and only biography of SSgt. Bordelon. It relates the life of a man whose exemplary acts epitomized the idea that faith, family and a devotion to a greater good trumps all else. A life that was much more than the few violent moments in combat for which he was honored. He was a loving son, a kind and protective brother, a proud Texan, a fighting Marine, and a patriotic American.

This story of a man who pushed himself to acts of sacrificial valor holds a deep connection with Pricer whose father also served in the marines and fought in Tarawa. For others, Pricer would like to convey the message that "freedom is not free and that we should never forget our heroes."

"Cornerstones of Courage"
By Douglas R. Pricer
Hardcover | 6 x 9in | 150 pages | ISBN 9781499012507
Softcover | 6 x 9in | 150 pages | ISBN 9781499012514
E-Book | 150 pages | ISBN 9781499012491
Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble

About the Author

Douglas R. Pricer is the author of six books and numerous magazine and newspaper articles. He has written for various organizations and publications including the Orange County Register, the Marine Corps University Archives, World War Two Magazine, Military History Magazine and U.S. Naval History Magazine.

Xlibris Publishing, an Author Solutions, LLC imprint, is a self-publishing services provider created in 1997 by authors, for authors. By focusing on the needs of creative writers and artists and adopting the latest print-on-demand publishing technology and strategies, we provide expert publishing services with direct and personal access to quality publication in hardcover, trade paperback, custom leather-bound and full-color formats. To date, Xlibris has helped to publish more than 60,000 titles. For more information, visit or call 1-888-795-4274 to receive a free publishing guide. Follow us @XlibrisPub on Twitter for the latest news.

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