My Men Are My Heroes – The Brad Kasal Story

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Last summer, a friend gave me a copy of “My Men Are My Heroes”, the book which tells the story of Marine First Sergeant Brad Kasal, the senior NCO in 3/1’s Weapons Company in Iraq during the November 2004 Battle for Fallujah. As I had several other books I was either reading or planned to […]

The Lieutenant Don’t Know

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In “The Lieutenant Don’t Know“, Marine Lt. Jeff Clement of Combat Logistics Battalion 6, provides a gripping and descriptive view into navigating the hostile and challenging terrain of North Helmand Province in Afghanistan where the supply routes between the main base Camp Leatherneck, and the various remote outposts are described by Jeff as either ‘bad’ […]

“Backbone” USMC Leadership Traits – JJDIDTIEBUCKLE

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by Cpl. Beddoe, 2013 JJDIDTIEBUCKLE is an acronym used by Marines representing their 14 leadership traits. Justice, Judgment, Dependability, Initiative, Decisiveness, Tact, Integrity, Endurance, Bearing, Unselfishness, Courage, Knowledge, Loyalty,& Enthusiasm. BACKBONE is a fantastic book (Julia Dye, Ph.D., 2011) about those leadership traits and includes fitting stories of iconic Leathernecks and others who signified those […]

The Hypocrite

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Is religion a blueprint for faith and ethical living or a means to manipulate and control? Author Ron Winter’s just released novel The Hypocrite, seeks answers – and may well provide some – to these age old questions. In The Hypocrite Winter sets a self-described evangelist against a Marine veteran of the War on Terror […]

Old Jarhead Poems

Old Jarhead Poems

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I recently read “Old Jarhead Poems – The Heart of a Marine” by Robert A. Hall. In all my years of reading Marine Corps literature, never I have come across such a meaningful and reflective book of Marine poems. One or two I recognized from past editions of Leatherneck Magazine but most of the poems […]

1776 by David McCullough

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Are you looking for your next book to read?  I recently finished “1776” and I will say you can’t find a more educational and motivational book to pick up for your summer reading. Cpl. Beddoe recommends 1776! David McCullough’s book “1776” is a well-written story about the year 1776 and America’s rebels, led by George […]

The Art of War – Sun Tzu

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by Cpl. Beddoe “The Art of War” is a book about strategy, opportunities, patience, planning, positioning, and winning by all means, specifically in war. There is much material about Sun Tzu’s “Art of War”. I will try to restrict my writing to that which is associated with our text and perhaps compliments our overall learning […]

Masters of the Art

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On Memorial Day Monday, I was flying back to JFK from a West Coast trip and was looking forward to finishing up a book I’d been reading. The Author, Ron Winter, is a member of the USMC Combat Helicopter Association, of which I have been the webmaster since around 1997. Ron sent me the book […]

Cleared Hot! – Book Review

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Being the webmaster for the USMC Combat Helicopter Association since 1997, I am familiar with many of the members, squadrons, aircraft, stories, terminology, bases, etc. so “Cleared Hot”, like Marion Sturkey’s “Bonnie-Sue“, was an educational read for me. Highly Recommended! Although I was a Marine stationed on a helicopter base in the early 80’s, I […]

LUMINOUS BASE

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A couple months ago, I was contacted by Bruce Williams-Burden, a former Navy Corpsman. Bruce was wrapping up his book “LUMINOUS BASE”, which is a magnificent story of the fifty-seven Hospital Corpsmen who died in the course of their duty over a 45-year period (1962-2007). Bruce asked me if I wouldn’t mind giving it a […]

ALM 980 Ditches at Sea, 1970

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My good buddy J.D. Barber was the CH-46 Crew Chief involved in this rescue. For his actions, he was awarded the Navy Commendation Medal.~Wally On May2, 1970, ALM 980 departed New York’s JFK international airport with fifty-seven passengers and a crew of six. The destination was the tropical island of St. Maarten. It was a […]

Lone Survivor

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I recently finished reading Marcus Luttrell’s story “Lone Survivor”. Marcus (Navy Cross), a Navy SEAL with SEAL Team 10 in Afghanistan, recounts the horrific engagement with the Taliban and the heroics of his teammates as they fought back to back high in the mountains against an enormous enemy force in Operation Red Wing (2005). Marcus […]

BONNIE-SUE

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The best book I’ve ever read! I highly recommend reading the book “Bonnie-Sue” by my good friend Marion Sturkey. When I started it, I could not put it down. If you are a Marine, especially a rotorhead, you will not be disappointed in Sturk’s stories about a Marine Corps Helicopter Squadron in Vietnam.Overview Marine Corps […]