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Very few Americans walk away unmoved from a Friday Evening Parade at the Marine Barracks, 8th and "I" Sts, SE, Washington, DC. It's the oldest Post of the Corps. By visiting The Barracks, President Kennedy became the first President to do so since Thomas Jefferson in 1801. This brought about a special relationship with The Barracks' Marines. A bond that was brought to a tragic end by a sniper's bullet in November 1963.Lieutenant Barney Quinn tells little known details of the Death Watch at the casket and his inner most private thoughts. While on this watch, he also reflects on other ceremonies, memories and moments, and of the rowdy behavior of these rakish "Boys in Blue White Dress." These stand tall, look sharp Marines at their roguish best created a work hard, play hard life style similar to the yesteryear Corps' Leathernecks.Join Barney and the Boys in Blue White Dress. Walk in their ceremonial shoes.
The story of a Marine Corps grunt serving in vietnam from April 1968 - May 1969 in and around the DMZ. The stories and letters home of day-to-day living of a Marine Corps infantry squad leader. These are accounts of his life as shared by his letters home and the memory of Vietnam. Thirteen months of hell and back and the return home. It is a story of friendships made and friendships lost. The story of a young boy called by his country to serve and the impact that serving in Vietnam would have on his life. This book is dedicated to those volunteer editors without whose help it would have been impossible to have it published. A very special thank you to Doc Hoppy who gave many hours of his time to edit and help me in more ways than I can ever repay. I would also like to thank my family for their encouragement and blessing. It is also dedicated to all the Marines and Corpsmen that served Mike 3/3 in Vietnam. I am thankful that I was given the opportunity to serve with this elite group of men honorably known as United States Marines.
14 Stories by a Marine Ammo Humper. This collection of stories is based on remembered facts, written accounts, hearsay, scuttlebutt, and 30-something years of living with all that I can remember. I was an "ammo humper" with the Marines, but these stories could be of any of the 58,000 men and women who never came back. Or the thousands and thousands of guys, many of whom were my age then (18), and remember it every day. There were kids from the city trying to avoid jail time. Some were poor guys from the South looking to get out of there. There were high school drop-outs, and the clean, plain boys from the farms with acne and pregnant girlfriends. There were the big guys from the high school campus showing how tough they were by joining the Corps, and the patriots following in their father's footsteps, except their fathers did what they did with reason and goals. There were moral guys who thought this was a good cause, and there were altar boys who wanted to break away, runaways and throwaways, and the "I got to getaways". We were all there.
An autobiography about a naive young man coming from a very stable and protected environment and went into the navy. As a navy hospital corpsman, he became a combat corpsman with the US Marines. This story includes memories of events and the actual text of letters written over a period of four years to his girlfriend who was still in high school while he was in The States, Japan, and Vietnam.
War is serious business. However, within all the torment of war, the strongest of bonds are created and nurtured. Through these ties and perhaps because of them, instances of wit along with humorous episodes breathe light into the darkness and damnation of war. The thread that binds this story together is the mentoring affiliation the Commanding General has with Captain Barney Quinn, Company Commander and later, Aide. Barney's, at times roguish behavior, his sense of humor, and playfully prankish mind both clash and support this steely-eyed Old Corps Marine, Lieutenant General Walter Barto. Through Barney's eyes and voice, you will live among a cast of loveable Marines. All names are fictitious. Experiences, real.
Impact Zone documents Marine First Lieutenant James S. Brown's intense battle experiences, including those at Khe Sanh and Con Thien, throughout his thirteen months of service on the DMZ during 1967-68. This high-action account also reflects Brown's growing belief that the Vietnam War was mis-fought due to the unproductive political leadership of President Johnson and his administration. Brown's naiveté developed into hardening skepticism and cynicism as he faced the harsh realities of war, though he still managed to retain a sense of honor, pride, and patriotism for his country.  Impact Zone is a distinctive book on the Vietnam War because it is told from the perspective of an artilleryman, and the increasingly dangerous events gain momentum as they progress from one adventure to the next. Impact Zone is not only an important historical document of the Vietnam conflict, but also a moving record of the personal and emotional costs of war.
The late 60's in America was tumulus and uncertain. A young Oregon ranch kid must decide whether to flee or fight. The young man understands he will not flee.During the fifty days of living like a wild dog in a dirt den the young Marine witnesses the decimation of his grunt company. From his first patrol where his new found fellow Oregonian dies in front of him, to the wayward 500- pound bomb that kills and maims several of his company, the young marine sees that the death around him is like a slow flesh-eating virus. Ignoring the old military axiom never volunteer the marine volunteers for a new recon company being formed. He and the other volunteers play cat and mouse in the dark and unholy jungles of Vietnam. The casualties still mount, but for the first time the enemy is now seen by the transformed warrior and he is able to fight back.Unlike PLATOON this account shows the honor, the devotion to duty and even a few laughs. These are not Americans who fought one another, but Americans who fought for America and men this Marine would like to be buried with.
In God In The Trenches, Spivey shows when the nation's survival seemed uncertain, even doubtful, fate seemed to turn America's way, giving way to mysterious-if not miraculous-events. These events altered the course of history, leading to victory for the American military and enduring freedom for America's citizens. Spivey's gripping accounts, backed up by credible historical evidence, will show you how: • An unopened note changed the course of the Revolutionary War • A phantom attack caused George Washington to win a decisive battle • The "unluckiest" incident in wartime history led to freedom for millions. • "Random" events in the Pacific gave a small American carrier fleet victory. • A U-2 spy plane and the death of a pilot saved the world from nuclear holocaust. "This book is dedicated to the men of K/3/3 who didn't come home."
This volume provides a riveting firsthand account of the most intense fighting of the Vietnam War - DMZ 1968, where death was sudden, life stripped of the superfluous. The author recounts harrowing experiences as a radioman in a Marine rifle company near the North Vietnamese border.
The record of 3/3 in Vietnam, 1964-69, by a former infantry captain. Lehrack's technique is to record various NCOs, privates, and line officers, then to distill their accounts and give them a chronology. We hear from point men, corpsmen, gunnery sergeants; there's gentle testimony from a chaplain who was spat on when he returned to the US. Representative here might be Sergeant Kenneth Ransbottom, who extended his tours and served for a total of 27 months. His rendering of the relocation of a Vietnamese village, the terror of the civilians, and the panicky, accidental violence that ensued is heartbreaking--a testament both to his own eloquence and to Lehrack's skill in capturing it. A disciplined, lucid view of ordinary soldiers in a bewildering and demoralizing war.
The Boys in Blue White Dress
by William Lee
Tour Date: 1/15/1966
Lima 3/3, CP
Rank: O3, MOS: 0302
Letters to Louise
by Russel Jewett
Tour Date: 1/3/1967
Lima/H&S 3/3
Rank: E5N 
MOS: 8404
The Light Side of Damnation
by William Lee
Tour Date: 1/15/1966
Lima 3/3, CP
Rank: O3, MOS: 0302
Impact Zone
by James Brown
Tour Date: 1/1/1967
H&S 3/3
Rank: O2
MOS: 0802
Bury Me With Soldiers
by C.W. Standiford
Tour Date: 9/20/1967
Lima 3/3
Rank: PFC, MOS: 0311
dig in
by Rick Bartholomew
Tour Date: 4/15/1968
Mike 3/3, Wpns
Rank: E4, MOS: 0331
My Private Vietnam
by Tony Newsom
Tour Date: 5/12/1965
Kilo 3/3
Rank: E2, MOS: 0351
God in the Trenches
by Larkin Spivey
Tour Date: 3/24/1967
Kilo 3/3 CO
Rank: O3, MOS: 0302
DMZ Diary
by Jeff Kelly
Tour Date: 11/10/1968
Mike/H&S 3/3
Rank: E4, MOS: 2531
No Shining Armor
by Otto Lehrack
Tour Date: 11/28/1967
India 3/3
Rank: O3, MOS: 0302