By John Culbertson
"Morning used to be continuously a welcome sight to us. It intended issues. the 1st was once that we have been nonetheless alive. . . ."
In 1967, demise was once the consistent spouse of the Marines of lodge corporation, 2/5, as they patrolled the paddy dikes, dust, and mountains of the Arizona Territory southwest of Da Nang. yet John Culbertson and lots of the remainder of lodge corporation have been an identical lean, combating Marines who had survived the carnage of Operation Tuscaloosa. Hotel's grunts walked over the enemy, no longer round him.
In image phrases, John Culbertson describes the day-by-day, risky lifetime of a soldier struggling with in a rustic the place the enemy was once usually indistinguishable from the allies, fought tenaciously, and suggestion not anything of utilizing civilians as a protect. notwithstanding he used to be one of many most sensible marksmen in 1st Marine department Sniper university in Da Nang in March 1967--a category of simply eighteen, selected from the division's twenty thousand Marines--Culbertson knew that opposed to the VC and the NVA, strong education and adventure may perhaps hold you simply to this point. yet his company's undertaking used to be to discover and interact the enemy, regardless of the expense. This riveting, bloody first-person account deals a stark testimony to the stuff U.S. Marines are made up of.
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