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Why Marines fight

Author: James Brady
Publisher: New York : Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin's Press, 2007.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
Draws on interviews with combat Marines from numerous wars to offer insight into their motivations and capacity for military battles, in a tribute to U.S. Marine Corps veterans who went on to become influential civil servants in the public sector.

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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: James Brady
ISBN: 9780312372804 0312372809
OCLC Number: 141386317
Description: xvii, 302 pages ; 25 cm
Contents: Preface --
Acknowledgments --
1. France, 1918 : "Come on, you sons of bitches!" --
2. Born fighting, Senator James Webb and his Lance Corporal son, Jim --
3. A college boy dodges the draft but ends up going to war --
4. Yale student John Chafee frets we'll defeat Japan before he gets there --
5. Ron Christmas outtwits the Corps and stays on duty despite his wounds --
6. Sergeant John Fitzgerald : "I killed an awful lot of people in two days" --
7. George Howe, one of the last Chinaside Marines --
8. "Iraq is lost" says Colonel Ward Scott, who's been there twice --
9. A Dubliner wanders into Times Square, joins the Marines, and heads to Vietnam --
10. Mack Allen, a Southern gentleman who fought the Japanese and Chinese --
11. Iwo Jima revisited by the Marines who fought there --
12. He fought at the "Chosin" and later joined the cast of Romper Room --
13. Coleman of the Yankees who played in the World Series and flew in two wars. 14. A Long Island detective with a Bronze Star and three purple hearts --
15. A "proud mustang" who was in three wars and ended up a general --
16. Jack Rowe lost and eye and other parts and now grows avocados and chases rattlesnakes --
17. Combat Engineer Captain Lauren Edwards and her first firefight --
18. Bestselling author "Mick" Trainor learned his trade in Korea and lectured at Harvard --
19. General Smedley Butler, "I could have given Al Capone a few hints" --
20. NY Police Commissioner Ray Kelly cites the USMC's "principles of leadership" --
21. A Browning automatic rifleman on the day he became "a real Marine" --
22. Gunnery Sergeant Milks and his Afghan adventures --
23. A Marine who wouldn't have missed the "Chosin" for a million dollars --
24. A sailor, a Marine, and now a U.S. Senator, John Warner of Virginia --
25. After the war, Ramon Gibson plays it safe and becomes a test pilot --
26. Medal of Honor winner Hector Cafferata says "I was a Marine-happy kid --
27. A young Lieutenant hits the beach "sprayed with his sergeant's brains. 28. Joe Owen was to tall and skinny for the paratroops, so the Marines took him --
29. Some Marines handle war better than peace --
30. Chuck Curley took a buddy's body home from Korea to Olean, NY --
31. An old man remembers Belleau Wood and who died there --
32. The Jesuits taught Pierce Power Latin; Hill 749 taught him the rest --
33. Frank Kiss won the Silver Star atop a tank on his "last raid" --
34. Why Joint Chiefs Chairman Peter Pace joined the Marines --
35. Gonzalo Garza worked in the fields, became a Marine, and earned a Ph. D. --
36. "I was 'Dirty Harry' of the Marine Corps," said Bill Phillips --
37. Before he was a Marine, Jack Vohs joined the Army, and the Navy --
38. A machine gunner they all called "Hollywood" --
39. "Wild Hoss" Callan was saving his combat pay to help keep the ranch going --
40. Harvard footballer Doug Bradlee hoped in war to "find God" --
41. Stacking the rifles, one last time, and sounding "Recall."
Responsibility: James Brady.
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