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The Proud Bastards

One Marine's Journey from Parris Island through the Hell of Vietnam

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Publisher Description

A riveting memoir of one marine rifleman's journey from Parris Island through the hell of Vietnam and the Tet Offensive with the Second Battalion, Fourth Marines.

In 1967, a young E. Michael Helms boarded a bus to the legendary grounds of Parris Island, where mere boys were forged into hardened Marines—and sent to the jungles of Vietnam. It was the first stop on a journey that would forever change him—and by its end, he would be awarded the Purple Heart Medal, Combat Action Ribbon, Presidential Unit Citation, Navy Unit Citation, and the Vietnam Cross of Gallantry.

From the brutality and endurance-straining ordeals of boot camp to the endless horror of combat, Helms paints a vivid, unflinchingly realistic depiction of the lives of Marines in training and under fire. As powerful and compelling a battlefield memoir as any ever written, Helms's “grunt's-eye” view of the Vietnam War, the men who fought it, and the mindless chaos that surrounded it, is truly a modern military classic.

GENRE
History
RELEASED
2004
February 20
LANGUAGE
EN
English
LENGTH
288
Pages
PUBLISHER
Pocket Books
SELLER
Simon & Schuster Digital Sales LLC
SIZE
601.2
KB

Customer Reviews

Tomskindle ,

Truly haunting

One of the most horrific war memoirs I have read! Tells the story of an above average marine going into combat and slowly losing his innocence and slowly losing his mind. Probably a progression shared by many stressed daily by the constant fear of death or severe injury from an enemy that was invisible.

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