Warrior Culture of the U. S. Marines

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9780965081450: Warrior Culture of the U. S. Marines

This book pays tribute to the U.S. Marines, the World's Warrior Elite.

It's all here: Marine quotations, Tun Tavern, Marine slogans, and the revered War Memorial on "hallowed ground." There's much, much more: Blood Stripe, Blood Chit, Battle Colors, the many creeds, the Commandants, and the Mameluke and NCO swords.

The book includes Marine Corps history and heritage. Professionally and without profanity, the author explores the world of U.S. Marines, proud patriots who live in the province of legend. Plus, the text offers satire exclusively for Marine Warriors. Readers find timeless one-liners for the Magnificent Grunts and Marine Air.

"Politically In-Correct" and proud of it! A gung-ho and up-beat look at the premier fighting force on planet Earth.

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About the Author:

Marion Sturkey entered the Brotherhood of Marines in 1961. As the years passed, he discovered that no one ever truly leaves the Corps. He found that the title, U.S. Marine, is retained for a lifetime.

After authoring two non-military books, Marion published "BONNIE-SUE: A Marine Corps Helicopter Squadron in Vietnam" in 1996. Set against the backdrop of the turbulent 1960s, this saga of loyalty and brotherhood became a military classic. Often considered the definitive work on Marine Corps operations in Vietnam, it has been reprinted time after time. Today it remains a best seller in both print and audio-book formats.

Today, Marion's articles and book excerpts appear regularly in military magazines. He has been featured in a T.V. documentary about Marines in Vietnam. Also, he is a frequent speaker at Marine Corps bases and at other military functions. "Warrior Culture of the U.S. Marines" is his fourth book.

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Marines have evolved into American Icons, the Warrior Elite. Why? What makes them tick? What is the Marine Corps? And, why does the individual Marine stand head and shoulders above all other Professional Warrior Wannabes?

The answers are complex. True, the Marine Corps is a military force, but it is much more. The Corps is an elite fraternity, a spiritual brotherhood. Entry is a calling. For most, "earning the title" is closely akin to becoming a priest. Yet, the ethos of the Warrior Culture of the Marines is simple: prowess in combat.

Each U.S. Marine, past and present, has entered more than just the Brotherhood of Marines. He has become, and will always remain, part of a mystical fellowship of valor. He must comply with hallowed rituals. He must conform to an uncompromising code of honor, discipline, and personal integrity. Commitment to "his" Corps -- that's right, "his" Corps -- and moral strength become the norm. Throughout the history of the Corps, these virtues have sustained Marine Warriors during the chaos and perils of combat.

Marines remain a breed apart. Each Marine draws strength from his Corps. In return, the strength and legacy of the Marine Corps lie in the collective will of each indididual Marine. The Corps glories in a tradition of service and sacrifice. In their unique Corps, grown men speak openly of their brotherly love for fellow Marines whom they have never met. They share a bond, a love, a dedication and loyalty that no earthly circumstance can shatter. It is "their" Corps, "their" elite Brotherhood of Marines!

. . . Over the years the U.S. Marines have garnered the meanest mascot, the English Bulldog; the best fighting knife, the Ka-Bar; the most rigorous boot camps and OCS; their own digitized battle cammies (copyrighted, no less); and the best motivational shout, "Ooo-Rah!" Further, those raggedy you-know-what Marines relish their unique phone number, 1-800-MARINES; their most dashing uniforms, Dress Blues; their best recruiting station, Tun Tavern; their unique sniper rifles, .50 caliber ("get some"); their Marine Recons, the stealth version of the basic Marine Grunt; and their Drill Instructors, the meanest and toughest warriors who ever walked upon the face of the Earth.

. . . Marines revere their heroes, their legends. In the Corps the heroes are genuine battle heroes, not just some paper-pushing efficiency experts, library assistants, mail clerks, or staff pogues. Chesty Puller enlisted as a Marine recruit. He lived to fight, loved to fight, loved his Corps. Chesty rose to Lieutenant General, and along the way was awarded the Navy Cross an unequalled five times. Today in boot camp, just before lights out, the recruits must solemnly intone, "Goodnight, Chesty, whereever you are."

Chesty isn't alone. Smedly Butler, Dan Daly, "Manila John" Basilone, and legions of other Marines dedicated their lives to Corps and Country. On battlefields around the globe they gutted it out with the discipline, prowess, courage, and leadership needed to survive and win in combat. The Warrior Culture!

Yes, the Marine Corps doesn't fit in. The Army has soldiers. The Navy has sailors. The Air Force has airmen or zoomies or whatever. But only the combat oriented Marines have bestowed the name of their service upon each member of their Brotherhood, regardless of rank. The Marine Corps has Marines. Each Marine is an intergral part of his Corps. He is the Corps. Marines and their Corps are inseparable, they are one. The U.S. Marines!

Marine Corps training is longer, harder, more demanding, and tailored for the demands of combat. Marines relish their point-of-the-spear role. Their Warrior Culture demands nothing less. The Marines assault, conquer, and then go home, leaving the occupation chores to the Army. And when their Country calls, the Marines go armed to the teeth with their Marine Corps "Air Force." Marine Air, as the Marines call it, flies fixed wing transports, fighters, ground attack aircraft, and helicopters (standing alone, Marine Air would be the eighth largest Air Force in the world). The Marines have three Air Wings, one to complement each of their three Marine Divisions. This lethal combination springs from a congressional mandate, the National Security Act of 1947, as ammended.

The Marines have Armor, Artillery, Marine Air, and a host of supporting arms. Coordinated by a dizzying array of high-tech electronics, the Corps packs a devastang punch. Yet, despite all the lethality and sophistication, the most basic tenet of Marine Corps doctrine remains the Marine Infantryman, the Magnificent Grunt. Even the U.S. Army has acknowledged, "The deadliest weapon in the world is a Marine and his rifle." In the Marine Corps, all revolves around the Grunt, the rifleman. Every Marine, whether he is a fighter jet pilot or a tank commander, was first trained as a rifleman, a Grunt.

If you want fighting slogans, the Corps has them: First to Fight! Once a Marine, Always a Marine! Death before Dishonor! A Few Good Men! There are many more. What outsiders often fail to realize is that these slogans are actually statements of fact. They are a way of life, words to live by, words to fight by.

And, fighting is what the Marines do best: the Mexican War ("the halls of Montezuma"), the Barbary Wars ("the shores of Tripoli"), and the Florida Indian Wars where the Commandant led his Marines into battle. And after that: the Boxer Rebellion, Haiti, Belleau Wood, and the Argonne. In World War II: Guadalcanal, Tarawa, Peleliu, Iwo Jima, and Okinawa. More recently: Chosin Reservoir, Khe Sanh, Hue City, Kuwait, and Afghanistan . . . .

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