The United States Marines: A History

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Naval Institute Press, 2003 - History - 405 pages
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"With a foreword by former Marine Corps Commandant Gen. James Jones, the book provides a lively chronicle of the Corps's participation in all the nation's wars, from the American Revolution to Desert Storm. Highlights include the Marines' legendary contributions at such places as Bladensburg, Guantanamo, Belleau Wood, Guadalcanal, Tarawa, Iwo Jima, Inchon, Chosin, Hue, and Khe Sanh. While the focus of this history is on the big wars, it doesn't slight events in between, among them the humanitarian missions that have helped define the Corps. Nor does it neglect the intermittent but never-ending fight for the Corps's survival at home where it faces periodic challenges from the Army, Navy, Air Force, and, on occasion, unfriendly presidents. Few writers know the subject as intimately as General Simmons, who writes from firsthand experience in three wars and as the longtime head of the Corps's history division."--BOOK JACKET.
  

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This book gives a brief, but very good account of the first 200 years of the Marine Corps. The author was a retired general who was in charge of the Marine Corps' history department. Read full review

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Contents

To Serve to Advantage by Sea
1
To Be Called the Marine Corps
20
Insult to the Flag Revengd
35
This Negro Question
50
Civilize Em with a Krag
68
If Attacked Shoot and Shoot to Kill
107
From Shipboard to Small Islands
124
All Organized Resistance Has Ceased
146
A Very Serious and Urgent Matter
183
A Separate Service Distinct and Apart
211
Getting Back in the Amphibious Business
248
Free Nations of the World United
331
The Marines Hymn
365
Index
381
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Simmons served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1942-1978. He retired as a Brigadier General.

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