United States Marine Corps

Operation Phantom Fury: The Assault and Capture of Fallujah, Iraq

By Dick Camp

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Camp, a retired Marine Corps colonel, offers a highly detailed account of the Marine Corps' biggest battle in Iraq, the Second Battle for Fallujah, which began with the 2004 murder of four Blackwater contractors. The account draws on personal interviews with those involved, including division commanders and infantrymen, and is illustrated with about 150 on-the-scene color photos, plus several maps. Camp is currently vice president for museum operations with the Marine Corps Heritage Foundation.

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Victory Point: Operations Red Wings and Whalers: The Marine Corps' Battle for Freedom in Afghanistan

By Ed Darack

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In late June 2005, media recounted the tragic story of nineteen U.S. special operations personnel who died at the hands of insurgent/terrorist leader Ahmad Shah, leaving one survivor, deep in the Hindu Kush Mountains of Afghanistan. The harrowing events of Operation Red Wings marked an important, yet widely misreported, chapter in the Global War on Terror. This book reveals the complete story of Operation Red Wings (often mis-referenced as "Operation Redwing"), and the follow-on mission, Operation Whalers. Together, these two U.S. Marine Corps operations (which in the case of Red Wings utilized Navy SEALs for its opening phase) unfold not as a mission gone terribly wrong, but as a complex and difficult campaign that ultimately saw the demise of Ahmad Shan and his small army of barbarous fighters. Due to the valor, courage, and commitment of the Marines in the summer of 2005, Afghanistan was able to hold free elections that fall.
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The Last Stand of Fox Company: A True Story of U.S. Marines in Combat

By Bob Drury and Tom Clavin

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During the Korean War, 234 heroic marines from Fox Company, First Division, held off a force of 10,000 Chinese soldiers in subzero weather to secure the Toktong Pass. This is their story. 

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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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The Majestic Twelve: The True Story of the Most Feared Combat Escort Unit in Baghdad

By Jack W. Lynch II with Rick Lynch

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As leader of the unit dubbed The Majestic Twelve, the author led his team on what some might call the most dangerous duty in the Iraq War--convoy escort. Lynch tells how he formed and commanded his all-volunteer unit.

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The Outpost War: The U.S. Marine Corps in Korea, 1952

By Lee Ballenger

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In 1952, overriding American political objectives dictated that the tactics of UN forces in Korea shift from those of maneuver to those of holding on to territory recently gained at great human cost. In western Korea, along “main lines of resistance,” men of the 1st Marine Division patrolled from lonely outposts. Thus began “the outpost war,” a forgotten period of the “forgotten war”—but one during which 7800 Marines lost became casualties.

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The Few and the Proud: From the Sands of Iwo Jima to the Deserts of Iraq: Marine Corps Drill Instructors in Their Own Words

By Larry Smith

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Beginning with interviews with the last surviving drill instructors of World War II, this oral history offers the voices of veterans from every major war of the last sixty years, concluding with accounts of what it takes to train marines for Iraq today. It contains revelatory details about the vicious training techniques used to prepare marines for the great battles against Japan in the Pacific; the Ribbon Creek training disaster of the 1950s; and legendary stories by the likes of Iwo Jima veteran "Iron" Mike Mervosh and R. Lee Ermey, the infamous drill instructor from Full Metal Jacket.

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Semper Fi: Stories of the United States Marine Corps from Boot Camp to Battle

By Clint Willis

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The United States Marine Corps has not only played a deciding role in many of the moments which have determined our history, but has set a standard for honor, self-sacrifice and courage. Marines leave boot camp knowing that the marine next to them is more important than they are, creating a bond with one another other and with the Corps which changes them, which is unique and which survives the most horrific combat. This collection echoes with the voices from our most renowned fighting force and their stories of combat, bravery and loyalty to one another.

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Quantico

By Mark Blumenthal

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Located in the northern Virginia hills just south of our nation's capital, Marine Corps Base Quantico is known throughout the world as the Crossroads of the United States Marine Corps. Images of America: Quantico takes the reader on a visual tour of Quantico's evolution through World War I, interwar service as an expeditionary base, and the development of the amphibious capabilities made famous by the Marines in World War II. The impact of famous Marines, including Generals John A. Lejeune and Smedley D. Butler, is explored, as is the unique relationship between the base and the Town of Quantico, the only United States city surrounded by a military base.

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