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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Learning the Corps Values

Submitted by: Thomas E.Ricks

On a hot night in 1992, on my first deployment as a Pentagon reporter, I went on patrol in Mogadishu, Somalia, with a squad of Marines led by a 22-year-old corporal. Red and green tracer bullets cut arcs across the dark sky. It was a confusing and difficult time. Yet the corporal led the patrol with a confidence that was contagious.

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Boot Camp Hog Boards

Submitted by: Ed Aldridge

When I was in MCRD, Parris Island in April of 76, I experienced one of the most harrowing experiences of my life but at the same time one of the funniest.

We were in the 6th week of training and we had just put up a hog board (a bulletin board with pictures of our girlfriends wearing bikinis or less) at the front of the squad bay, just outside of the Drill Instructors quarters.

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Boot Camp Joke about an AWOL Recruit

As the sun rose over Parris Island, the senior drill instructor realized that one of his recruits had gone AWOL. A search party was dispatched immediately. After a few hours the recruit was discovered hiding in some bushes. He was sent back to the base and promptly escorted to the drill instructor's office. The instructor asked the young recruit, "Why did you go AWOL?"

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Making of a Marine

Submitted by: Matthew G. Heslin

Sgt. Grit,
I am a former Drill Instructor. MCRD San Diego. 1958-1960. I?ve written this story for Marines. It takes place at Parris Island, (my alma mater) South Carolina. The shock is the same regardless of which coastal transformation station they attended. You are welcome to print it if you wish. I?m sure many boot camp alumnus will recognize something familiar.
Former Sergeant of Marines,
Matt Heslin

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Drill Instructor Philosophy

PI was like entering an alien world. My senior DI was M/Sgt Quiller, Herbert D. He was among other things a philosopher and genius with the English language, sort of like a Marine Eric Hoffer. (Hoffer was a longshoreman who wrote books, not that Quiller, H. D. would ever write a book) Herbert D. could use the word f*** as a noun, pronoun, adjective, verb, and adverb in one sentence. He gave me many things to take with me through life.

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