Marine Corps Memories

"From the halls of Montezuma to the shores of Tripoli..."
"First to Fight" and "Semper Fi" (from the Latin, Semper Fidelis--always faithful) are their mottoes. Our library area serves many Marines and their families for we are home to Quantico, the Crossroads of the Corps, as well as the National Marine Corps Museum. Check this list for tales of Devil Dogs, so nicknamed because German troops found them to be uncommonly fierce in combat at the Battle of Belleau Wood in the First World War.

One Bullet Away: The Making of a Marine Officer

By Nathaniel Fick

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A former captain in the Marines' First Recon Battalion, who fought in Afghanistan and Iraq, reveals how the Corps trains its elite and offers a point-blank account of twenty-first-century battle. Also available as an audiobook.

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No Shining Armor: The Marines at War in Vietnam: An Oral History

By Otto Lehrack

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"It's a grunt's-eye view of the Vietnam War that emerges in No Shining Armor--the war as seen by the PFC's, sergeants, and platoon leaders in the rivers and jungles and trenches. It's the story of teenagers leading squads of men into the jungle on night missions, the story of boredom, confusion, and equipment shortages, of friends suddenly blown away, of disappointing homecomings. It's also the story of young men placed under unbearable strain and asked to do the impossible, who somehow stretched to meet the demands placed upon them, and the story of the friendships they forged in combat--friendships deeper than any these men would be able to form later in civilian life." (From the publisher's description)

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Keeping Faith: A Father-Son Story about Love and the United States Marine Corps

By Frank Schaeffer

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In 1998, Frank Schaeffer was a successful novelist living in "Volvo-driving, higher-education worshipping" Massachusetts with two children graduated from top universities. Then his youngest child, straight out of high school, joined the U.S. Marine Corps. Written in alternating voices by eighteen-year-old John and his father, Frank, Keeping Faith takes readers in riveting fashion through a family’s experience of the U.S. Marine Corps.

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Jarhead: A Marine's Chronicle of the Gulf War and Other Battles

By Anthony Swofford

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When the Marines--or "jarheads" as they call themselves--are sent to Saudi Arabia to fight the Iraqis, Swofford is there, with a 100-pound pack on his shoulders and a sniper's rifle in his hands. In this powerful memoir, he weaves his war experience with vivid accounts of boot camp, reflections on the mythos of the Marines, and remembrances of battles with lovers and family.

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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.

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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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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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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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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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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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