A small, captivating work of illustrated non-fiction that presents a series of unique incidents and those colorful characters involved during the late 40's and early 50's in the U.S. Marine Corps.
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A desperate, highnoon birth in a small house on a West Virginia hillside, now gone, begat a sweet faced beggar of pennies for Saturday movie shows ten years hence. The movie theater is gone, so is the mill town in Maryland where the same young lad graduated from a razed high school. The steel mills, Marine Corps, and Air Force further tempered the multi-faceted, artistic fellow into a person desirous of putting some parts of a life into words and drawings to entertain and enlighten. I had better hurry, at 72 my world is fast disappearing!Excerpt. © Reprinted by permission. All rights reserved.:
They flounder past...their eyes a glaze.
Rank after rank, four abreast. Humpers, strapped into bouncing backpacks. Canteens and weapons cavort to a wild dancing...of slap, flail, jiggle...
Legs pump to the rhythms of frightful gasps.
Labored hearts pound, hammer...as the waves of crimson, slackened faces distort in anguish.
A half-mile...on, on...another half mile....
Tortured muscles quiver to an exhausted ache. Eardrums thump. The throbs deafen.
"RUN! Keep up, keep up, you bastards."
Clink, slog, clank, slog. An unending, mechanical, dogged unison.
"RUN!", Bawls the platoon Sergeant in a fierce menace.
"RUN, damn you RUN!", He rails, "Anyone falls out gets an ass kickin!"
Numb, rubbery feet stomp a chain-gang tune.
Wheezy, dry breaths rasp. Lungs sear, throats parch. Run...stumble, run...falter, yet, run on..."'Cause if we stop, we're gonna' die...so let's all die on the go....
...Woe is me, woe is me...."
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Book Description Trafford Publishing, 2001. Paperback. Book Condition: New. illustrated edition. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX1552126412
Book Description Trafford Publishing, 2001. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # M1552126412
Book Description Trafford on Demand Pub, 2001. Paperback. Book Condition: Brand New. illustrated edition. 120 pages. 10.60x7.70x0.40 inches. In Stock. Bookseller Inventory # zk1552126412