Marine Corps Memories

13 Cent Killers: The 5th Marine Snipers in Vietnam

By John J. Culbertson

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"It's not easy to stay alive with a $1,000 bounty on your head."
In 1967, a bullet cost thirteen cents, and no one gave Uncle Sam a bigger bang for his buck than the 5th Marine Regiment Sniper Platoon. So feared were these lethal marksmen that the Viet Cong offered huge rewards for killing them. Now noted Vietnam author John J. Culbertson, a former 5th Marine sniper himself, presents the riveting true stories of young Americans who fought with bolt rifles and bounties on their heads during the fiercest combat of the war, from 1967 through the desperate Tet battle for Hue in early ’68. In spotter/shooter pairs, sniper teams accompanied battle-hardened Marine rifle companies like the 2/5 on patrols and combat missions.

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A Fellowship of Valor: The Battle History of the United States Marines

By Joseph H. Alexander

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Herein lies two hundred years of Marine Corps history, from the Revolutionary War's leathernecks to Desert Storm warriors. Has many illustrations and photos. This book coincides with the A&E Channel special of the same name.

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Always Faithful: A Memoir of the Marine Dogs of WWII

By William W. Putney

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The author, commander of the 3rd Marine War Dog Platoon and a veterinarian, tells the stories of brave dogs who helped with scouting, mine detection, patrol duties, and combat in the Pacific theater. Retired USMC Captain Putney takes his readers from basic training to Guadalcanal and Guam.

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Brotherhood of Heroes: The Marines at Peleliu, 1944 : The Bloodiest Battle of the Pacific War

By Bill Sloan

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"This is the gut-wrenching but ultimately triumphant story of the Marines' most ferocious-yet largely forgotten-battle of World War II. Between September 15 and October 15, 1944, the First Marine Division suffered more than 6,500 casualties fighting on a hellish little island in the Pacific. The author follows the men of K/3/5 and a handful of others throughout the campaign and rescues the Corp's bloodiest battle from obscurity." Also available as an audiobook.

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China Marine

By E.B. Sledge

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This sequel to With the Old Breed at Peleliu picks up with Sledge's tour of duty at ancient Peiping (Beijing) and follows him home to Alabama where the memories of the horrors of war threaten his civilian life.

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Devil Dogs: Fighting Marines of World War I

By George B. Clark

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A critical examination of battles fought by the Marines in World War I: Soissons, Blanc Mont, Meuse River, Verdun, and St. Mihiel. Clark, a Marine Corps historian, takes it a step further to examine the exemplary performances of the men in the field who were often cut off from their artillery support and given faulty intelligence.

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First Black Marines: Vanguard of a Legacy

By Fred DeClouet

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Tells of the struggles of the Marine Corps' integration--which called for an additional form of heroism.

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Flags of Our Fathers

By James Bradley

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The stories behind the famous photo that inspired the American public during World War II. Written by the son of one of the photographed men, it examines who the men were and what became of them as a result of their celebrity status. Also available on audiocassette and in an edition for younger readers.

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Goodbye, Darkness: A Memoir of the Pacific War

By William Manchester

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The nightmares began for William Manchester 23 years after WW II. In his dreams he lived with the recurring image of a battle-weary youth (himself), "angrily demanding to know what had happened to the three decades since he had laid down his arms."

To find out, Manchester visited those places in the Pacific where as a young Marine he fought the Japanese, and in this book examines his experiences in the line with his fellow soldiers (his "brothers"). He gives us an honest and unabashedly emotional account of his part in the war in the Pacific.

(From the publisher's description)

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I'm Staying with My Boys: The Heroic Life of Sgt. John Basilone, USMC

By Jim Proser with Jerry Cutter

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A profile of the only World War II Marine to win the Medal of Honor, the Navy Cross, and a Purple Heart parallels his career with notable World War II memoirists while tracing his significant achievements at Guadalcanal and Iwo Jima.
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