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Jack OBrien

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Semper Fi Chesty

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-25-19

Loved the book, Chesty Puller is revered by every Marine. The narrator was good but at certain points his voice was to low. This book should be mandatory reading for every recruit in boot camp. Most memorable moment was when he chewed out the Protestant chaplain in Korea. The other memorable moment was when he said there were no turncoat Marines in Korea, he said look to the other service for that. Lewis B. Chesty Puller is alive today in every Marines heart, he lives forever, Semper Fi Chesty wherever you are. Sharp hand salute.

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OUTSTANDING

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-19-18

This was a great book about a great Marine and Marine Corps legend. I have read the book Marine but found this book to get into more detailed information about Chesty. I found the narrator to be perfect and he held my attention. The sadest part of the book was when Chesty said goodbye to his son and when he returned home from Vietnam. As tough as he was, Chesty had a heart of gold, his love and affection for his family was something many people did not know.

I met his son Lewis Jr at a Marine Corps birthday ball at Camp Smith, NY around the late 1980s. I sat at the same table with him and it was an honor to know him. We spoke about Vietnam but not his injuries or his father. I was very saddened when Lewis Jr took his own life, but I noticed at the Ball he was quite depressed. I attended his burial and and to this day think of him often knowing he is at his fathers side in heaven.

This is a must read book about the life of LtGen Chesty Puller. Rest in peace Chesty and Lewis Jr, slow hand salute. Semper Fi.

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Excellent book

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-18-17

Frank McAdams had some real incompetent commanding officers in Vietnam, his Capt sounded like the typical go by the book officer and was a coward who dodged taking convoys out. As a Marine grunt myself who rode as a convoy escort, I can tell you the motor T Marines had no picnic. The convoy runs were hazardous from Quang Tri to LZ Stud. I don't know how he was able to deal with his incompetent superiors who should have been relieved of command. His Capt is lucky he wasn't fragged. My officers in my unit Charlie Company 1st bn 3rd Marines were competent, proffesionals and excellent leaders and thankful that they cared about their Marines. I highly recommend this book.

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Guns Up The real deal.

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-07-17

As a machine gunner with Charlie Company 1st bn 3rd Marines 68-69, and having been medevaced back to St Albans Naval hospital I can totally relate to every word Johnnie wrote. This book is the brutal truth about what a Marine Grunt experiences in the bush in combat. This is a no BS story about what it's like. My unit was in An Hoa for operation Taylor Common, I might have passed Johnnie at An Hoa which was the rear that we didn't stay at for very long, we got hot chow a shower and then back out to the Bush. I highly recommend this book if you want to know the real deal about what it's like for a Marine Grunt in combat. I live in Florida, I hope I can make contact with Johnnie. Semper Fi.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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It dont mean nuthin.

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-21-17

As a Marine Corps infantryman who served in Vietnam as a machine gunner, this author brings home to the uninitiated the horrors of combat. I highly recommend this book if you want a full understanding of what the Grunts endured in a war that our government had no intention of ever winning due to political unwillingness. There was no plan to win, when you fight for the same real estate time and time again, all our government did was lead patriotic young men to the slaughter and kept the fat cat businessmen wealthy. The Brave soldiers in this book are my Brothers, I know first hand what they went thru. We were mistreated by our countrymen when we returned home and blamed for this Foley and total waste of lives for nothing. Worse yet, our own government who sent us turned their backs on us , but had no problem sending us. I feel a bond with these men, I salute them and think of all the killed in action and the maimed for life and pray for them and their families. God Bless them all. Semper Fidelis.

Jack O'Brien
Charlie Company 1st bn 3rd Marines
March 1968- Feb 1969
Dai Do Survivor.

41 of 42 people found this review helpful

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  • Dead Center
  • A Marine Sniper's Two-Year Odyssey in the Vietnam War
  • By: Ed Kugler
  • Narrated by: Sean Pratt

It don't mean nuthin

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-25-16

As a Marine Grunt who served in Vietnam from 1968-1969 with Charlie Company 1sr bn 3rd Marines, I can say this is one of the better books I have read about the Vietnam War. Ed's good humor fits right in as a Marine during trying times of a crazy war. His story brought to the forefront the Brotherhood that combat brings between men. I recommend this book to veterans as well as civilians who want to know what it's like to be a field Marine and not in the rear with the gear. I had to laugh with Ed when gear and supplies we should have gotten out in the bush was confiscated by the,REMFS. Being out in the bush on an Operation for 90 days with only two hot meals during that time and the rest being C rations and with you jungle utilities in shreds is part for the course for Marine Grunts. Some minor technical issues caught my ear, the rockets that hit us,we're 122 mm and not 140mm, if there were 140mm I wasn't aware of them. I think during combat operations some chances are taken, and some chances Ed took I must admit raised my eyebrows as a Grunt. Any suspected booby traps if possible should be blown up in place and not assume that they aren't.

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The Narrator

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2 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-18-16

the Narrator using quote and unquote is very annoying and takes your focus off the story. there is no need to use those words in telling this story, I will avoid this Narrator in any future purchases no matter how good the book is.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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My Review

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-22-16

As a Marine Corps Veteran of the Vietnam War who survived the Battle Of Dai Do, I can understand a little bit better how combat has affected my life. The author is quite right, war is not glamorous, but it is vicious, savage and horrible. It is regrettable that as long as there are two human beings on this planet there will surely be wars. The author brings home with accurate details the insanity of war on a level to those who have not experienced combat. Reminding me of the phrase, "for those who fought for it, freedom has a flavor the protected will never know. I highly recommend this book.

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Proud of the new breed.

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5 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 03-15-16

This is one of the best books about operation Iraqi Freedom I have read so far. As a Vietnam Marine Grunt, C/Co, 1/3, 0331, Marines haven't changed much at all since 1968. You have to have sick humor in combat to get through it, you don't have time to analyze everything. First and foremost on an individual Marine level, you fight for your Brothers to keep them alive, Apple pie and mom waving the American flag doesn't enter your mind. Fighting for freedom for the people of the country you are in doesn't enter the picture either. All your experiences in combat are put on the back burner, keeping yourself and your buddies alive and completing the mission are the first priorities. You don't want to let your your comrades down, you don't want to let the Corp down. The expression, fuck it, it don't mean nuthin gets you through tough times. As my uncle who fought on Saipan as,a Marine told me after I returned home medically evacuated from Vietnam. " You will never forget what you did, you will have to learn to live with it and carry on, live for your fallen friends, that's what they would tell you if they could speak. Welcome home Marines, I highly recommend this book. Semper Fi.

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Terrible narration

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3 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-06-16

It would be more understood if the narrator didn't have a lisp, very hard to understand him.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful