Ground Pounder: A Marine's Journey Through South Vietnam, 1968-1969

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University of North Texas Press, 2012 - Biography & Autobiography - 340 pages
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In early February of 1968, at the beginning of the Tet Offensive, Private First Class Gregory V. Short arrived in Vietnam as an eighteen-year-old U.S. Marine. Amid all of the confusion and destruction, he began his tour of duty as an 81mm mortarman with the 2nd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, which was stationed at Con Thien near the DMZ. While living in horrendous conditions reminiscent of the trenches in World War I, his unit was cut off and constantly being bombarded by the North Vietnamese heavy artillery, rockets, and mortars. Direct, honest, and brutal in his observations, Short holds nothing back in describing the hardships of modern warfare and our leaders' illusions of success.

 

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Contents

Chapter One
1
Chapter Two
21
Chapter Three
41
Chapter Four
65
Chapter Five
79
Chapter Six
93
Chapter Seven
115
Photos
141
Chapter Ten
193
Chapter Eleven
223
Chapter Twelve
253
Chapter Thirteen
273
Chapter Fourteen
295
Notes
325
Glossary and Abbreviations
329
Bibliography
333

Chapter Eight
143
Chapter Nine
161

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About the author (2012)

GREGORY V. SHORT is a retired educator residing in Denton, Texas. With over thirty years of teaching experience, he has taught subjects in high school ranging from world, American, and Texas history to political science, economics, and physical education. He is working on a book describing civilization and economic evolution.

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