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Boys of '67: From Vietnam to Iraq, the Extraordinary Story of a Few Good Men

Jones, Charles/Zinni, Anthony C. (foreword)

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ISBN 10: 0811701638 / ISBN 13: 9780811701631
Published by Stackpole Books 1st printing, Mechanicsburg, 2006
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INSCRIBED BY MARINE CORPS LIEUTENANT GENERAL MARTIN R. STEELE (one of 3 main personages in the book), xii, 404 p., photos, notes, index, 8vo; VG/VG dust jacket, 1/2 inch tear to bottom front of dust jacket, bottom front corner bumped. Bookseller Inventory # 50251

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Title: Boys of '67: From Vietnam to Iraq, the ...

Publisher: Stackpole Books 1st printing, Mechanicsburg

Publication Date: 2006

Binding: Hardcover

Dust Jacket Condition: Dust Jacket Included

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: 1st Edition

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At once a gritty, intimate account of combat, an inside look at military leadership in a turbulent era at home and abroad, and a sweeping saga of the modern-day United States Marine Corps, Boys of '67 tells the story of a trio of extraordinary Marines. James Jones rose to become the Supreme Allied Commander of NATO. Ray "E-Tool" Smith saw combat in Grenada and Beirut in 1983. Marty Steele reshaped the Marines' tank forces. Together, they represent a generation of Marines who met unprecedented challenges and made the Corps America's premier fighting force.

From the Author:

I never planned to write a book about the Marine Corps. Though I grew up as a Marine "dependent," with a brother who fought in Vietnam and a father who was a three-star general, I was into reading Kesey, not Clausewitz. But the Corps kept invading my personal space -- especially in the form of a tall, adventurous first cousin who became a Marine and followed in my father’s footsteps.

By the late 1990s, Gen. James L. Jones, had become the top military advisor to then-Secretary of Defense William Cohen. In 1999, Cohen named Jim the 32nd Commandant of the Marine Corps. -- a powerful post that put on him on the president’s Joint Chiefs of Staff.

As a newspaper reporter, I began to reflect on the more than 50 years of military service of my family members, and, after my father’s death, began to think about chronicling their stories.

This effort expanded into something far beyond a family saga to encompass the Marine Officer Basic School graduating class of April 5, 1967. I met living legend Maj. Gen. Ray Smith, a highly- decorated officer and hero of the Battle of Hue City. I got to know a passionate man from Fayetteville, Ark., Lt. Gen. Marty Steele, who fought for racial justice and took on more than his share of other burdens for Corps and country.

"Boys of ‘67" tells their stories, and sheds new light on this proud, idealistic, and courageous fighting organization -- the U.S. Marine Corps.

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