A Sniper in the Arizona: 2nd Battalion, 5th Marines in the Arizona Territory, 1967

A Sniper in the Arizona: 2nd Battalion, 5th Marines in the Arizona Territory, 1967


"Morning was once constantly a welcome sight to us.  It intended issues. the 1st used to be that we have been nonetheless alive. . . ."

In 1967, demise was once the consistent spouse of the Marines of inn corporation, 2/5, as they patrolled the paddy dikes, dust, and mountains of the Arizona Territory southwest of Da Nang. yet John Culbertson and many of the remainder of lodge corporation have been a similar lean, scuffling with Marines who had survived the carnage of Operation Tuscaloosa. Hotel's grunts walked over the enemy, no longer round him.

In photograph phrases, John Culbertson describes the day-by-day, harmful lifetime of a soldier combating in a rustic the place the enemy used to be usually indistinguishable from the allies, fought tenaciously, and notion not anything of utilizing civilians as a protect. although he used to be one of many best marksmen in 1st Marine department Sniper college in Da Nang in March 1967--a category of simply eighteen, selected from the division's twenty thousand Marines--Culbertson knew that opposed to the VC and the NVA, strong education and adventure may possibly hold you simply thus far. yet his company's project was once to discover and interact the enemy, regardless of the rate. This riveting, bloody first-person account deals a stark testimony to the stuff U.S. Marines are made from.

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