Follow a group of young men as they go through Marine Corps boot camp in 1962, at Parris Island, and then to their duty stations and Vietnam. If you want to know what the Corps was really like in the 1960's and those that served during this tumultuous time in history this is the book for you!
Semper-Fi-Do-Or-Die follows a group of Marines and takes the reader from P.I., Marine Boot Camp, to their duty stations, to Vietnam and back to the World. Written by anex-Marine, who served during this tumultous time in history it is a must-read for any military historian and anyone who likes military action and mystery.
Till the half-drunk lean over the half-dressed.
—Alfred Austin, The Season.
This world consists of men, women, and Hervey’s.
—Lady Mary Montagu, Letters. Vol. i, p.67.
Captain Harry ‘Mad-dog’ Jones nodded at the news correspondent, winked at Gunnery Sergeant Fred ‘Stonekiller’ Kalinski and barked, “C’mon now newsie, we want you to go with us—we gonna eat like kings and get some fine round-eye poontang.”
The correspondent glanced up from where he sat on a rickety, wooden chair, eating out of a can of C-rations. They were at Dogpatch, a group of tents where Marines—along with other soldiers and civilian personnel— congregated to trade war stories, gamble, get drunk and meet to go in to Da Nang. The newsman frowned at a can of spam. “Well, er-um-ah—that is—where exactly?”
“Don’t worry, you’re ex-Mow-reene, we gonna get jah some thirty-year-ol’ Scotch and the best filet in town.”
The correspondent sat the spam on the ground and shrugged when Mad-dog slapped Stonekiller on the back of the head. “Less git movin’ Stone, shee-it, we got a jeep outside and that round-eye tail ain’t gonna wait on us all day.”
As they climbed into the jeep the newsman muttered, “I been tah all the clubs and I never heard of any where you …”
Mad-dog scowled and cut the correspondent off. “… You ain’t been to this one newsie, don’t worry we gonna treat you right, you ex-Mow-reene.”
“Dawg’s tellin’ you true news-dood, we takin’ you to the White E baby—yup—best damn slop-chute in all ah ‘Nam!”
I loved this writer's quotations at the beginnings of each chapter and the decsriptive settings and characters. Some of it was unbelievable but this writer made me want to believe it and I did (do). I actually came to this book because I read another book of his Miami Rock, which I liked but not as good as this one. This book reads like history put into an exciting story and I really agree with the other reviewers that it is time well spent.
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Couldn't put it down
I couldn't put it down
I read this book straight through, I guess because I am an ex-marine and it hit a nerve. I got it about two or three months ago at a local book store the book fair, a place I never frequent but my wife was going and these six writers were there selling their books. I guess this is self-published even though it says second edition I don't know but it is a great read and I would recommend it, especially to all ex-marines.
Enjoyed book for a month
I enjoyed this book for a month
It took me all of a month, mostly on weekends but I finally finished this highly exceptional, historical reading at it best because it was exciting, suspenseful, highly believable and I read it with interest, expecting it to slow down or seem artificial which it never did. A great work of art. I'm sure it has a place in the future of American literature.