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The few, the proud : women Marines in harm's way

Author: S A Sheldon
Publisher: Westport, Conn. : Praeger Security International, 2008.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"On a dark night in February 2005, Sara Sheldon arrived at Camp Fallujah, outside the dangerous ancient city for which it was named. At first glance, she could have easily been mistaken for a Marine as she donned a Kevlar helmet and a state-of-the-art flack jacket. But at the age of 70, armed only with a camera, a laptop, and notepads, it was clear her mission was different. She was a spectator to the war who  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: S A Sheldon
ISBN: 9780275999933 0275999939
OCLC Number: 163625348
Notes: Includes index.
Description: xxi, 155 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: Acronyms --
1. Arriving in Iraq --
2. Women Marines : choosing to be the best --
3. The guys' gun club --
4. Culture clash : women warriors in Iraq --
5. Winning hearts and minds --
6. Women in combat --
7. Gung Ho : focus on the mission --
8. The future : career Marines or moving on --
9. The memories --
10. Coming home --
Appendix. U.S. Marine Corps abbreviations of rank --
Glossary.
Responsibility: Sara Sheldon ; foreword by Tracy L. Garrett.
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While many people are aware that women are actively serving in the US armed forces, few understand what exactly is expected of women in the military, the duties they perform, and the limitations and  Read more...

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"The Few. The Proud. is a strikingly intricate and important addition to the canon of oral histories on the War in Iraq." - The Northern Mariner/Le marin du nord

 
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