Marines Dodging Death: Sixty-Two Accounts of Close Calls in World War II, Korea, Vietnam, Lebanon, Iraq and Afghanistan

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Robert A. Simonsen
McFarland, Dec 12, 2008 - History - 347 pages
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Most Marine and Navy Corpsmen who have seen active combat have, at one time or another, experienced a close call when they were seconds or perhaps inches from death yet survived because of a quick reaction, divine intervention or just plain luck. From Pearl Harbor to Baghdad, this volume contains the stories of 62 Marines who narrowly escaped death while fighting in America's wars. Inspired by the author's own close call in May 1968, it recounts a great variety of harrowing experiences. Personal background from before and after the close calls provides a more human facet while additional research adds historical information to these fascinating stories of Marines and Navy Corpsmen.
 

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Contents

Preface
1
WORLD WAR II
5
World War II Pacific Theater
6
1USMC Sergeant John Egan
7
1st and 2nd Naval Battles of Guadalcanal
10
2USMC Lieutenant Bob Johnson
14
3USMC Private First Class Harry Drendall
18
Betio Tarawa Atoll
22
Hell Fire Valley
165
25USMC Sergeant Elbert Koonce
170
26USMC Sergeant Forest Heistermann
172
27USMC Sergeant William Palizzolo
177
28USMC Private First Class Richard Aiple
180
29USMC Private John Graham
182
30USMC Acting Sergeant James Larkin
185
The Western Korean Front COP Vegas
187

Battles for the Mariana Islands
24
4USMC Private First Class Jack Porter
27
5USMC Corporal Earl Dunlap
33
6USMC Corporal Andrew Samo
38
7USMC Private James Seidler
43
Peleliu Palau Island Group
45
8USN Hospital Corpsman First Class Beryl Bonacker
50
9USMC Sergeant George Peto
56
Okinawa
59
10USMC Corporal Jim Anderson
64
11USN Hospital Corpsman Second Class Benton Corry
68
12USMC Private First Class Charles Nichols
78
13USMC Private First Class Kenneth Stevens
82
Iwo Jima
83
14USMC Warrant Officer1 George Green
92
15USMC Private George Smyth
103
16USMC Private First Class William Byrd
113
17USMC Private First Class Lee Bergee Part 1 of 2
118
Philippines
120
KOREA
123
18USMC Private First Class Herbert Luster
125
Overall Map of Korea
126
19USMC Sergeant Kermit Wilhelm
136
First Battle of the Naktong Bulge at Pusan Perimeter130 11 Inchon to Seoul
139
Chosin Reservoir Campaign Area
142
20USMC Staff Sergeant Lee Bergee Part 2 of 2
144
21USMC Sergeant Joe Ohman
149
22USMC Corporal Renald Valkenburg
153
23USMC Private First Class John Bastian
160
Calls of Nature
195
VIETNAM
201
32USMC Private First Class Bruce Horton
203
South Vietnam and the I Corps
204
Vietnam DMZ Area
206
33USMC Captain John McLaughlin
212
34USMC Corporal Robert Simonsen
218
35USMC Lance Corporal Arthur Riordan
226
36USMC Corporal John Wear II
232
37USMC Corporal Jay Vincens
238
38USMC Private First Class Mike Stagner
245
39USMC Sergeant Ralph Bohannon
250
THE WARS AGAINST TERRORISM
257
Bombing of the Marine Barracks
259
Lebanon
261
BeirutMarine Barracks Bombings
265
Female Search Force
266
Iraq
268
The Nightfighters
272
Afghanistan
274
43USMC Gunnery Sergeant Michael Burghardt
280
Combat Train One
286
Kevlar Helmet Headshots
291
Body Armor Shots
297
Combat Photographers
303
Chapter Notes
309
Bibliography
319
Index
325
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About the author (2008)

Robert A. Simonsen served in the Marine Corps in Vietnam and has written several articles and books about military history. He lives in Riverside, California.

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