The Few and the Proud

The Few and the Proud

From the Sands of Iwo Jima to the Deserts of Iraq : Marine Corps Drill Instructors in Their Own Words

Book - 2006
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Beginning with interviews with the last surviving drill instructors of World War II, this powerful oral history offers the voices of veterans from every major war of the last sixty years, concluding with accounts of what it takes to train marines for Iraq today. The Few and the Proud contains revelatory details about the vicious training techniques used to prepare marines for the great battles against Japan in the Pacific; the Ribbon Creek training disaster of the 1950s; and legendary stories by the likes of Iwo Jima veteran "Iron" Mike Mervosh and R. Lee Ermey, the infamous drill instructor from Full Metal Jacket . With death-defying accounts relayed from the MCRD in San Diego and the legendary Parris Island, The Few and the Proud is both a personal history of the 230-year-old U.S. Marine Corps and a repository of heroism, leadership, and determination in the toughest division of the United States military.
Publisher: New York : W. W. Norton & Company, c2006.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780393060447
Branch Call Number: 359.9650973
Characteristics: xxvi, 325 p. : ill. ; 25 cm.


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Nov 16, 2017

Painful for me to read, since I had a foster uncle that served in Iwo Jima, then died of cancer in the 1990s...most likely from his wounds. Still, I find this book worth reading, and quite interesting.


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