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What is it like to be a Marine serving in a war zone? What is it like to be that Marines's family back home? Video Games & Machine Guns answers those questions. The story of a Wyoming Marine chronicles life as it unfolds for a young Marine during a treacherous deployment to Helmand Province in Southern Afghanistan. The 2nd Battalion 2nd Marines (2/2) were tasked with setting up shop in one of the worst areas of Taliban country and forcing them out. Conditions were austere and primitive at best, with no power, no running water, and rats competing for their food. Endless miles of infantry patrols were conducted on the soles of the young Marine's boots. This insightful, hard hitting, and brutally honest story shows what the cost of freedom tryly is, and how America's 2/2 Marines and their families have paid that price in full.
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Tom ONeal grew up on the family ranch in Southeastern Montana and enjoyed writing at a young age. He and his wife Teresa joined the Army in 1986 and were stationed in Germany for two years. Aferward, they made their home in Gillette, Wyoming with their two children Molly and Steven. Tom spent nine years in the Wyoming Army National Guard, 1/49 Field Artillery and has been employed with the Campbell County Sheriff's Office for over twenty two years. For Video Games & Machine Guns, he documented Steven's 2009-2010 deployment to Afghanistan. He is currently working on a screenplay for the book and has started a military novel.Review:
"There's one that really knocks me out. It's called Video Games and Machine Guns: A Wyoming Marine in Afghanistan, by Thomas K ONeal. This puts you right in the boots of our Marine brothers fighting the Taliban in the notorious Helmand Province. The book also focuses on the home front, showing how this particular family endured through the fighting, how they communicated, the organizations they belonged to, and how they stick together with other families with the same concerns." "Gunny-approved reading! This one paints a vivid picture of the challenges facing a Marine today, as well as the family he leaves behind." Gunny R. Lee Ermey --Tactical Weapons Magazine- January 2013
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Book Description 307 Actual Publishing, 2012. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M0985851708