Go deep in World War II's Pacific theater in Helmet For My Pillow From Parris Island to the Pacific by Robert Leckie (Paperback). Robert Leckie was both an eyewitness and participant to some of the greatest battles in the Pacific. Helmet for My Pillow is his vivid account of combat and survival in World War II. In January 1942, in the aftermath of the infamous Japanese sneak attack on Pearl Harbor, he enlisted in the United States Marine Corps. From boot camp in Parris Island to the bloody war in the Pacific, Robert Leckie experienced it all: the booze, the brawling, the loving on sixty-two-hour liberty; the courageous fighting and dying in combat as the Marines slugged it out, inch by inch, island by island across the Pacific to the shores of Japan.