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Survival at Tarawa

A Tale of Heroes
By Justin King Edited by Jeremy Rouse

My friends, fellow readers, I would like to spend the time to tell you a story, a story that is as true as the sky is blue. A story of true patriotism, bravery, and actions that had been taken throughout this country's history by the men and women in uniform who have served this country with great honor and pride so that we Americans can live with the freedoms we have today. A story that in my hopes will never be forgotten so that future generations can realize that this is just one of millions of stories of sacrifice, honor, and duty that so many before them have shown in the face of odds that were most definitely stacked against them. A story of a Marine, yet not just any Marine, but my grandfather. A man that I will always be proud of, about whom I will always speak to those who will listen, and who I will always hold in the highest regard.

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The Meaning of True Heroes

Heroes
By: Richard E. Nygaard, SSGT USMC 1953-1963

Sgt. Grit, I have once again finished reading American Courage. The discussion about Jihad Johnny could, if one cared, give one pause. However, I would like to say to my fellow Marines, do not talk to me of the likes of Jihad Johnny, for I have known many real heroes and walked the hallowed ground on which they fought and died.

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A USMC Sgt Major’s Tribute Following September 11

We Never Leave Our Brothers Behind
By: Major David C. Andersen, USMC, New York City PAO

Groud Zero Photo

AP GROUND ZERO, NEW YORK — Pain shot through my back in the late night hours of 6 March 2002 from the weight of the stretcher, but Marines always complete the mission. With Sgt. Maj. Michael S. Curtin, 45, USMCR (RET) NYPD, in my left hand and his wife and daughter only feet in front of me, sense of duty led the way as it has for many men better than I for hundreds of years.

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Always Faithful by Captain William W. Putney

Reviewed by Carol Conley

Retired Captain William Putney, of the United States Marine Corps, recounts his story of the 3rd Marine War Dog Platoon used in World War II in his memoir Always Faithful. In June 1943, Putney enlisted in the Marine Corps. Fresh out of college with a degree in veterinary medicine, he was hoping to serve his country with honor and courage. It came as a disappointment when his orders sent him to be a line officer in the War Dog Platoon. However, he was soon engrossed in the training of the dogs and handlers for combat in the Pacific. Putney?s writing flows easily carrying the reader along on his journey as he describes the almost seven months of training, the trip to Guadalcanal, and the tension filled, dangerous liberation of the island of Guam. After the war was over he was horrified to learn that the war dogs were being euthanized. No attempt was being made to retrain them for safe return to the civilian owners who donated them. He spearheaded the effort to establish a detraining program of the courageous dogs serving our country with courage and distinction. His efforts paid off when the Marine Corps established the war dog detraining program. The program was a huge success and out of 559 Marine Corps dogs, only 19 had to be euthanized (15 due to health reasons and only four were considered too incorrigible for civilian life). Putney paints the reader a clear picture of what the training, the dogs and their handlers, and war was like. It is at times humorous and horrifying without bogging us down in military slang incomprehensible to the non-military reader. This memoir is a wonderful story for the history buff, military buff, and dog lover.

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Corps Values

Reviewed by David Gadd

"Generation after generation of American men and women have given special meaning to the title United States Marine. These same men and women live by a set of enduring Core Values which forms the bedrock of their character. The Core Values give Marines strength and regulate their behavior; they bond the Marine Corps into a total force that can meet any challenge." Although these words are quoted from the Marine Corps website, they can be used to describe the basis for the book Corp Values by Georgia governor Zell Miller.

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Phase Line Green, Battle for Hue, 1968 by Nicholas Warr

Reviewed by Max Roark

"Phase Line Green" The Battle for Hue, 1968. is a book that every Marine, regardless of their M.O.S., but especially "grunts", should read. Coming from a guy that hasn?t opened a book, except for magazines, in years, I couldn?t put it down once I began reading it.

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Silent Warrior

Silent Warrior
Reviewed by Scott Klund

This is a Biography of Carlos Hathcock a Marine Corps sniper. While reading this book I was just a little bored with it. Then I find out it is the second book to "Marine Sniper" by Charles Henderson. So I went out and bought this book. Carlos Hathcock was a Marine Corps sniper during the Vietnam War. Mr. Hathcock has 93 confirmed kills out of as many as 300. Mr Hathcock was also one of the most famous snipers in United States history. Mr. Hathcock also had a $30,000 bounty on his head. I do not know about you, I?m damn glad he was on our side. These 2 books were well worth the reading. Being in the Marine Corps infantry myself, I learned a lot from just reading these books. Mr. Hathcock also won top honors at a National Rifle match one year before going to Vietnam. Carlos N. Hathcock served his country with duty and honor. At the age of 57 Carlos Hathcock died from Multiple Sclerosis. It was said that it was a sad day for many Marines who knew him. Looking back at the 2 books I will admit that I had a tear in my eye.

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The Marine by James Brady

Reviewed by Joseph W. Lugo

Once again Mr. Brady comes through in the tradition of Gunnery Sergeant John Basilone.

The Eagle, Globe and Anchor for those Marines is a special emblem of the few, the proud and the honorable. They honor the code, the Corps and their God.

So does the hero of Mr. Brady's novel. Colonel James "Oliver" Cromwell starts his adult life by going to college, then joining the Marine Corps. The adventure continues from basic training to the Korean War.

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Touch Not This Wall by Harley Melton

Reviewed by Chris Spencer

Touch Not This Wall: A Novel of the Vietnam War……..and After

Touch Not This Wall is a novel that is more than anything else about friendship and love. But not just any friendship or love, but a friendship and love between two Marines born from the fiery furnace of combat in Vietnam. I never served in combat but I have known enough combat vets to know that a friendship formed in war is in many ways closer than that of a man and his wife or a man and his child.

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