2017 Reunion Newsletter
From Members of The Thundering Third
This article is from TOGETHER WE SERVED
It's a must read for Viet Nam Era Marines and Corpsmen
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|This book was written by Capt Jackson
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| Throughout much of 1967, a remote United States Marine firebase only two miles from the demilitarized zone captured the attention of the world's media. That artillery-scarred outpost was the linchpin of the so-called McNamara Line, intended to deter incursions into South Vietnam by the North Vietnamese Army. As such, the fighting along this territory was particularly intense and bloody, and the body count rose daily.
In Con Thien, James P. Coan combines his personal experiences with information taken from archives, interviews with battle participants, and official documents to construct a powerful story of the daily life and combat on the red clay bull's-eye known as "The Hill of Angels."As a tank platoon leader in Alpha Company, 3d Tank Battalion, 3d marine Division, Coan was stationed at Con Thien for eight months during his 1967-68 service in Vietnam and witnessed much of the region's notorious carnage.
Con Thien was heavily bombarded with impunity by enemy artillery because it was located in politically sensitive territory and the U.S. government would not permit direct armed response from Marine tanks. Coan, like many other soldiers, began to feel as though the government was as much the enemy as the NVA, yet he continued to fight for his country with all that he had. In his riveting memoir, Coan depicts the hardships of life in the DMZ and the ineffectiveness of much of the U.S. military effort in Vietnam.
| Gunny Purdie was attached to Third Bn Fourth Marines in Vietnam. Here's a look at his book.
Jeremiah Purdie had a tough row to hoe – literally – from the moment he was born. His mother died within weeks of his birth, his father remarried a strict and God-fearing woman who demanded perfect behavior from the children, and segregation and racism were rampant throughout the country.
He persevered, however, remaining close to his father and siblings until, at seventeen, he convinced his father to allow him to join the Marines to fulfill a lifelong dream of being a great military leader. Yet again, however, he encountered segregation and racism, finding himself reduced to attending a steward school and performing his military duties at a level little better than a paid servant until segregation was overturned by presidential order in the mid-1940s. At that point, his military career really took off, and he was able to achieve his goal of becoming a leader of men.
After mustering out of the Marines several years later as a decorated Vietnam War hero and popular gunnery sergeant, he pursued a number of career changes; however, each time he found himself placed in a position of management power within a short amount of time. It was while he was performing his duties as an East Coast district manager for a large shoe chain he met the love of his life, Virginia, and together they lived the American Dream to the fullest, raising a daughter and eventually retiring to North Carolina.
By sharing his experiences and personal life story of The Journey That Brought Me to Glory: The Black Boy, the Marine, and the Christian, he reveals how God moved in every aspect of his life as he faced tough choices and challenges of pursuing and fulfilling a life well lived.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Currently enjoying his retirement by remaining active in a number of community groups, especially those affiliated with his church, Jeremiah Purdie fills his days with caring for and about others, fishing, hunting, and enjoying his wife Virginia, daughter Lisa, and grandson Kyle.
|Michelle Keener describes the trials and triumphs of keeping a military family together--from her wedding to her husband's assignment to 3rd Battalion, 4th Marines (the famous "McCoy's Marines") and the birth of a daughter in the base hospital. She brings to poignant life the uncertainty she and other Marine wives experienced; their fear in the face of media reports of the advance on Fallujah, one of the war's most harrowing battles; the gut-wrenching knock on the door, with a Marine in dress blues standing on the front step; the coming together in shared grief over the loss of a friend's husband; and eventually, the elation of having one's own husband return home safely. With this book, Keener gives a voice to all military wives--those who receive little notice and no medals, and yet sacrifice in countless ways. Even as they stood and waited, these wives also served.|
Shooter: The Autobiography of the Top-Ranked Marine Sniper (Paperback) by Jack Coughlin, Donald A. Davis, Casey Kuhlman "At another time, on another battlefield, my radio call sign had been "Gabriel," because the archangel and I have a lot in common..."
Passion of Command: The Moral Imperative of Leadership (Paperback)
Bryan McCoy has written a superb primer on how to prepare an infantry battalion for battle. He preaches the basics, the blocking and tackling of warfighting. A quick read and well worth the effort for anyone preparing Marines for battle.
Every past or present Marine should read this book. It's about a little-known and underappreciated part of their heritage. Not just more philosophy, 'Gung Ho!' brings warfare right down to the fire team level where it belongs. As such, all modern infantrymen and special operators will benefit from the read. At battle's end, he who still occupies the ground wins. 'Gung Ho!' follows the Marine Raiders and their 4th Marine Regiment successors through the Upper Solomons, Guam, and Okinawa of WWII, and then to Dai Do, Con Thien, Mutter's Ridge (3/4), and the CAP villages ( a 3/4 invention) of Vietnam. At the end is a way for both infantry branches to develop more squad proficiency. Without it, they cannot win WWIII.
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