Over the years I have read just about everything published on the Guadalcanal campaign, and when I was a kid I met quite a few Guadalcanal Marines, including Marion Carl and a number of Raiders and listened to their stories. One of the first real books I ever read and one I still have is a 1943 copy of "Joe Foss, Flying Marine" given to me by my uncle and a book I still have! I have always been fascinated with the battle from all perspectives, ground, naval and air. I recently read Hornfischer's "Neptune's Inferno", after I was done I gave it to my oldest son to read, he just returned it, and just this morning I loaned it to my dad. After reading the book my interest has once again been peaked on the battle and while discussing it with my son, he stated he thought it America's most epic battle in WWII, a thought I have often had in the past. I was wondering what you rougues thought. It lacked the savagery of Tarawa, the immense casualties of Iwo, Okinawa or "the Bulge", but it was a long and at times intense struggle. Japan still had the potential to defeat us, very often the margin between victory and defeat came down to one man, one ship or one aviator. The advantages we had in all our later battles, more men, more ships, air superiority, more supplies in vast quantities were not yet a factor. We often fought from a position of parity or even inferiority. After this battle the end result of the war was never in doubt, but while it was being waged an American defeat could have had a huge impact. I'd be interested in discussing your views.