Books Highlight Marine Corps History,
Commandants, Actions and Ideas
By RICHARD R. BURGESS, Managing Editor
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THEY WERE HEROES: A
Sergeant Major’s Tribute to
the Combat Marines of Iraq
By SgtMaj David K. Devaney, USMC
(Ret.). Annapolis, Md.: Naval Institute
Press, 2015. 288 pp. $34.95
The author, a 30-year Marine Corps
infantryman and sniper, tells the stories of 32 Marines and
Navy hospital corpsmen, mostly enlisted men, each man
to a chapter, about their tours of duty in the recent wars in
Afghanistan. These are warriors who, in the author’s opinion, deserve more recognition for their courage and, in
some cases, their ultimate sacrifice. Many were awarded
the Bronze Star, Silver Star or Navy Cross for their heroism, and their citations are published therein.
THE FOURTH MARINE
BRIGADE IN WORLD WAR I:
Battalion Histories Based on
By George B. Clark. Jefferson, N.C.:
McFarland & Co., 2015.
296 pp. $39.95
The Fourth Marine Brigade served on
the Western Front in World War I as a unit of the
American Expeditionary Force’s Second Division, involved
in the thick of fighting and building a sterling reputation
in combat. Drawn from official action reports, the author
presents a chapter on each of the brigade’s seven battalions, with day-to-day descriptions of the action. The
brigade fought with distinction in the battles of Belleau
Wood, Soissons, St. Mihiel, Blanc Mont and the Meuse
River. The unit also participated in the occupation of
Germany before returning home in 1919 and deactivated.
MARINE CORPS GENERALS,
By Glenn M. Harned. Jefferson, N.C.:
McFarland & Co., 2015.
208 pp. $45.00
In “Marine Corps Generals,” the
author points out that the Marine
Corps had no general officer corps before World War I.
Even the three commandants before then were tempo-
rary generals, but never permanently promoted above
colonel. Those officers and 39 more who were promoted
to general rank through 1936 are presented each in their
own chapter with detailed biographies. Three were
awarded the Medal of Honor and 14 the Navy Cross.
Many served in the small wars in Latin America and in
World War I. Many led the Corps in its expansion in
World War II to nearly half a million Marines.
THE MEASURE OF A MAN:
My Father, the Marine Corps
By Kathleen Broome Williams.
Annapolis, Md.: Naval Institute
Press, 2013. 224 pp. $34.95
The author’s father, Maj Roger G.B.
Broome, was a Marine who fought
on Saipan in World War II and
died of his wounds before she had a chance to know
him. Now a professor of history and a historian of
naval technology, she undertook extensive research to
understand and chronicle the life of her father and
compile the story of his career, focusing on his combat
on Saipan, by using his letters home and interviews
with fellow Marines who served with him. The book
provides an intimate look at the Marine Corps that sacrificed so much for the nation in the Pacific theater.
RICE PADDY RECON: A
Marine Officer’s Second Tour
in Vietnam, 1968-1970
By Andrew R. Finlayson. Jefferson,
N.C.: McFarland & Co., 2015.
320 pp. $35.00
This is a first-person account of a
Marine officer’s 19 months in
Vietnam in long-range reconnaissance missions in the mountains, infantry service, and
support of CIA special operations. The author, a retired
lieutenant colonel, uses official histories and his letters
sent home to put his personal recollections into perspective. As an adviser to Provincial Reconnaissance