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History would come to know Vietnam’s Operation Harvest Moon as “the last big battle of 1965.” But for Dan Francis and many of his fellow Marines in the Second Battalion, First Marine Regiment, it was just the beginning of a long and difficult string of bloody battles with heavy losses. The events of Operation Harvest Moon, related from several points of view by the men who served there, set the stage for a series of named and unnamed operations in which the men of 2/1 would serve and die. Dan Francis offers a unique and thoughtful insight into the lives and experiences of the Marines whose sense of duty led them into a war doomed to failure. Sometimes touching, sometimes gritty, always brutally honest, The Last Ride Home is Francis’s account of two tours of duty in Vietnam—a remarkable chapter from his twenty-year career in the United States Marine Corps.
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"Booby Trap Boys" by Dave Beakey - BORN: 4-27-1949 DIED: 5-06-2011
"A unique journal about 13 months in the life of a machine gunner (0311/0331) from Echo 2/1 (1968-69). A series of 35 vignettes, 3 poems and 3 pictures; a picture of the original Booby Trap Boys, (January 1969), a picture of an Echo 2/1 Marine, (January, 1969) and a picture of Dave on the back cover, at Khe Sanh, (April, 1968)"
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"Just a Walk in the Park" by Tom Nolan
Hotel Company, 2/1 Weapons Plt, 0351 Squad Leader RVN 1967-68
This book is a rocket ride from my childhood to the end of my dreams. The road has many pot holes filled with gut wrenching laughter and spiced with the bitter sweet memories of lost friendships. The road is not paved with gold but the black tears of unfinished lives. There are forks in the road that lead to complete terror and others to utter joy. It is at times impossible to separate the two; it is at times insanity. This is not a tale of a life well planned but one of being bucked off and climbing back on. It
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sometimes runs amok, but these friendships are made to be bent, never broken. Some of these friendships were forged in the fires of the hell called Vietnam. The best and worst things on life’s road are those not expected. They can bring absolute joy and crushing sadness. So strap yourself to a chair and take a roller coaster ride with Pineapple, Woody, Mikey, Nick, and the wacky Nolans and all the others who climb aboard.
Corpsman Up!: A Marine Medic Struggles with War, God, and Patriotism" (Paperback) by David Johnson
2/1 Hotel Company, Corpsman - Vietnam 1967-68
I entered the military as most enlistees with only the beliefs I was raised with. I thought I knew what I was getting into only to discover that very little of combat was like anything I imagined it to be. I soon found myself wondering about the processes that got me to a war I personally opposed and have had to wonder since what that says about me.
I remember the day the foundation of my beliefs was shook to the ground. A
dying Marine wanted to know how god, the god that was suppose to protect him from harm, could have let what happened to him happen. I did not know, a realization that turned my whole world upside down. Why were we here --- dying in some mosquito infested swamp? For what? And who were the beneficiaries?
"All Were Valiant" by Joe Eleazar Salinas
This book was written for the sole purpose of honoring the Vietnam Veteran
I served with 2/1 when they releaved the 3/27th Marine Regiment at Cau Ha in September of 1968. I was transfered from 3/27 Lima Company, 2nd Platoon, Machine Gunner in September to my first MOS as an 81mm mortar man in Cau Ha Marine Combat Base South of Marble Mountain. Got wounded on Octorber 13th, 1968 South of the village called Nui Kim just South of Marble mountain. I was attached to 2/1 81s.
My 402 page novel 'All Were Valiant' is about Lima Co 3rd Battalion 27th Marine Regiment trying to stay alive during the Vietnam War. The places and Valleys mentioned in this book are real. Some of the names used have been changed for the respect of the veterans and their families. Also, some of the veterans mentioned in this novel are real persons and without their help, this book would not have been possible to write.
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"The Rivers and the Rails" by Lee Suydam (1st Lt, 2/1 Echo Co., RVN 67-68)
Bedford Forrest was colorful and daring to be sure but even more interesting is that he was devious at times with his enemies. To Forrest, a trick was often better than a regiment of soldiers for if he could accomplish his purpose without spending the lives of his countrymen, so much the better. He was not military trained and therefore not aware that his tactics were unusual. Never mind that they were generally successful in remarkable ways. Born in poverty and raised in rural circumstances, he became a wealthy southern gentleman. In the Civil War, he gave his fortune in pursuit of victory and he raised three regiments of cavalry trying to save the Confederacy and his way of life.
What happened between Vicksburg and Appomattox
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Letters from Tommy J.: A Marine's Story - 1966-1967
Terri C. Walker (Author), Connie C. Hughes (Author), Gina Webb (Editor)
This is a fascinating personalized view of life as a Marine During the Vietnam War.
Warriors never die as long as people remember the wars. Therefore, Letters from Tommy J. represents a bittersweet remembrance of one among 58,000 Americans who died in Southeast Asia: an 18-year-old kid from Atlanta named Thomas J. Holzclaw III. Tommy s letters home from his time in country are set in context by chapters describing events that
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influenced his decision to serve, and how that service was conducted. This loving retrospective by the two nieces he never knew affords a look into one young life cut short by the ill-fated Vietnam conflict , and in the telling, the one represents the many.
"Souls From the Past: Whispers of Silence" by Joe Eleazar Salinas
In one hellish nightmare, Sergeant Dreger along with his partner Sergeant Holzsauer are trusted back to their past. For one last time, both Marines have a desire to lead marines into combat. This time both marines and their men are returned to one hell of a nightmare gone wrong. In a fit for survival the marines of Lima Co. 3/27th Marine Regiment, try to keep from going insane.
Corporal Don Andrews and Sergeant Jenkins combine their squads in order to save their comrades from the worst nightmare no man can handle.
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Finally, a book for parents of the deployed…
We Also Serve: A Family Goes To War chronicles the impact of the two most controversial wars of our time on a mother, her marriage, and her family. In 2004, Nanette Sagastume’s son is sent to Fallujah, Iraq with the same battalion, company and platoon that his father served with in Vietnam. To a degree not possible in previous global conflicts, advanced technology virtually plunges Nanette and her family into real time war, where the double-edged sword of instant information can bring both agony and relief. When a suicide bomber attacks the platoon, the family suffers through the experience with painful memories, faith and, courage.
“As a warrior, I found We Also Serve: A Family Goes to War to be a gripping, unforgettable story of a military family’s emotional survival through two wars.” — Colonel Billy R. (Bill) Duncan, USMC, Ret.
Commanding Officer of 2nd Battalion, 1st Marines in Vietnam in 1968
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This 2-book nonfiction series took Kellum 21 years to research, interview and write and tells the author's and individual Marines and Navy Corpsmen's combat stories and photos in over 1,000 pages between the books. Kellum includes the names of 1,019 Marines and 42 Navy Corpsmen as well as a few men from other military services during the Marines' time in-country between 1965-71. The reader is exposed to always tough Marine Boot Camp in San Diego to advanced training at
Pendleton and on into the Enlisted Commissioning Program that took the
BOOKS I & II, AMERICAN HEROES: GRUNTS, PILOTS & "DOCS" by Michael Dan Kellum, 1stLt./PFC, USMCR
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author through officers' OCS and TBS at Quantico in 1968-69, C-69 TBS class. Kellum was in Vietnam in 1970 with H&S Co., 2/26 then Echo, 2/1 as an 0302. Marines and Docs from other various USMC units are also included in the books, such as: 1st Recon Bn., 1/1, 3/4, 1/5, 2/5, 3/5, 1/7, 1st Tank Bn., 3rd Amtracs, 1st Engineers, HMM-163, HMM-262, HMM-263, HMM-364, HML-167, HML-367, VMO-2, 1/9, 2/26, VNMC, Vietnamese Airborne, Vietnamese Rangers, etc.
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Grace Walsh sister of our KIA LCpl David James Pugh, Golf Co, Charlie Squad March 15, 1969 wrote the book "Divine Arrows". Grace has been writing the past
( 7 ) years about her journey through life in search of healing - ever inspired and affirmed by her brother's spirit!
Divine Arrows by Grace Walsh
Each and every day life delivers little messages to us that affirm our spirit is on track. They are what I like to call "divine arrows". They are those unexplainable moments in time when guidance appears in a form other than a physical word
be it a deja vu phone call or a chance meeting. It may be a subtle message passing you by from a highway billboard or a bumper sticker on the car in front of you that brings a smile of recognition to your face, as if to say, that thought or current situation you were just pondering has been given a thumbs up. It is an undeniable message of spiritual affirmation showing us the way and shining a light back on our face.
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Musings Of A Maine Man Abroad: Prose, Poems, And Plays With A Spattering Of Personal Philosophy... By Robert James Shand
2/1 Corpsman with Hotel Company 1969 - Written by a Maine man living in Mexico, this collection of short stories, essays, plays, and poems elicits a kaleidoscope of emotions. These tales are funny, horrible, and uplifting by turns. Author Robert James Shand provides a full disclosure of his personal life, from his experiences as a child growing up in Brewer, Maine, to his thoughts and feelings while living in Mexico. Through his stories, he describes gaining a deeper appreciation for the changing of the seasons in Maine,
reflects on celebrating Veterans Day in Mexico, and laughs about the time no one believed that he saw a naked woman running down the street On a more serious note, Shand recalls his experiences serving in Vietnam as well as the traumatic stress he coped with upon returning home. Throughout Musings of a Maine Man Abroad, he maintains and supports his core beliefs about the world, God, and his personal relationship with Jesus.
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Winner of the Pulitzer Prize, Lewis B. Puller, Jr.'s memoir is a moving story of a man born into a proud military legacy who struggles to rebuild his world after the Vietnam War has shattered his body and his ideals. Raised in the shadow of his father, Marine General Lewis B. "Chesty" Puller, a hero of five wars, young Lewis went to Southeast Asia at the height of the Vietnam War and served with distinction as an officer in his father's beloved Corps. But when he tripped a booby-trapped howitzer round, triggering an explosion that would cost him his legs, his career as a soldier ended, and the battle to reclaim his life began.
Fortunate Son... By Lewis B. Puller Jr.
Nanette Sagastume is the wife of a Vietnam War U.S. Marine and the mother of an Iraqi Freedom Marine. In 2001, she founded a local support group for military families. Since retiring as a nurse practitioner, Nanette has maintained a practice as a Healing Touch Certified Practitioner. She lives in Chico, CA with her husband, Mario. They have four grown children and an expanding number of grandchildren.
No Place To Hide... By Gary Christensen
Follow ten young Marines of Echo Company, 2nd Battalion, 1st Marines in 1967-68, as they fought against the Viet Cong and the North Vietnamese Army near the Demilitarized Zone at Quang Tri, Con Thien, Khe Sanh and elsewhere in the jungles and rice paddies of Vietnam.
The stories of these Marines include depictions of bravery and cowardice along with a sense of the misery of often being exhausted, wet, hungry and thirsty. These men also discuss their transitions to civilian life and their efforts to come to terms with their experiences.
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WE'LL ALL DIE AS MARINES - By Colonel Jim Bathurst, USMC (Retired)
For seventeen-year-old high school dropout Jim Bathurst, the Marine Corps’s reputation for making men out of boys was something he desperately needed when he enlisted in March of 1958. What began as a four-year hitch lasted nearly thirty-six years and included an interesting assortment of duty stations and assignments as both enlisted and officer.
We’ll All Die As Marines narrates a story about a young, free-spirited kid from Dundalk, Maryland, and how the Corps captured his body, mind, and spirit. Slowly, but persistently, the Corps transformed him into someone whose first
love would forever be the United States Marine Corps. It documents not only his leadership, service, and training but also regales many tales of his fellow Marines that will have the reader laughing, cheering, and at times crying.
In this memoir, Bathurst reveals that for him—a former DI who was awarded the Silver Star, Bronze Star Medal with Combat “V”, Purple Heart, and a combat commission to second lieutenant—the Corps was not a job, a career, or even a profession; it was—and still is—a way of life.
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Letters Home - 2nd Platoon, Echo
2nd Battalion 1st Marines - Deployment to Vietnam 1965
By Tom Isenburg (Echo Company 1965)
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I DO SOLEMNLY SWEAR By T. L. Kennedy & P. Peck Kennedy
Terry Kennedy served with 2/1 Fox 2 Bravo from August to December 1968
and use to survive in combat. It tells of the causation and experiences that set the stage for his life long struggle with post traumatic stress disorder.
This book is about a young man's family life before entering the Marine Corps. To serve in Viet Nam. It entails the formation of his belief system from his family in Chicago, and now his encounter
with the culture shock of service in the Marine Corps and Viet Nam changed them.It tells the event-by-event experiences of his encounters and of how the people that influenced him, affected him and the changes he was forced to make in order to learn and survive the rigorous training and tracking he would later need
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