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History would come to know Vietnam’s Operation Harvest Moon as "the last big battle of 1965." But for Dan Francis and many of his fellow Marines in the Second Battalion, First Marine Regiment, it was just the beginning of a long and difficult string of bloody battles with heavy losses. The events of Operation Harvest Moon, related from several points of view by the men who served there, set the stage for a series of named and unnamed operations in which the men of 2/1 would serve and die. Dan Francis offers a unique and thoughtful insight into the lives and experiences of the Marines whose sense of duty led them into a war doomed to failure. Sometimes touching, sometimes gritty, always brutally honest, The Last Ride Home is Francis’s account of two tours of duty in Vietnam—a remarkable chapter from his twenty-year career in the United States Marine Corps.
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This story will touch every American who reads it....This is a story that needs to be told now... -- Capt. Dale Dye, USMC (Ret), Author, Actor, and Military Advisor to the Entertainment Industry
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