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Gyrene : the World War II United States Marine
Jones, Wilbur D.
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Shippensburg, PA : White Mane Books, [1998]

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xxxv, 322 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
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D769.369 .J66 1998 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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"More than 50 years after his victory in the Pacific, the World War II United States Marine is vividly alive again in Gyrene. The scope and details record, analyze, and interpret the personal and cultural history of the enlisted men of America's celebrated fighting force which swept through the South and Central Pacific." "Overall, Gyrene paints a picture of who and what the Marine was and why and how he performed his duty. It tells no tales of great victories, grand strategies, famous generals, or decorated heroes. In his war, there was no London, Paris, or Rome. Both profound and entertaining, it adds a fresh new dimension to and historical perspective on the composition and quality of the Marine." "Gyrene examines the man's pre-war environment and characteristics and sees them molded into a Marine. Prototype common Marines are constructed at the time he entered service and later after combat. A legend of units and ranks, and a comprehensive glossary are provided. Themes and conclusions describe how a Marine reacted to the life and culture, adapted, developed, and survived. The Corps' myths, fabled esprit de corps, and enduring brotherhood are critiqued. All aspects reflect an unremitting devotion to each other, the Corps, and country, able to sustain him to final victory."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

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Jones' admirable group portrait of the World War II enlisted U.S. Marines covers the standard topics of such an effort, discussing the men's backgrounds (most were economically deprived sons of the Depression), training (basic really was almost as horrendous as legend has it), social life (aka wine, women, and song), combat (more horrendous, in some cases, than legend has it), etc., always with plenty of quotations and an appropriate amount of dry humor. Well, sometimes the humor is not so dry, as in the coverage of field hygiene--a subject often eliminated from more sanitized historical works. Thanks to thorough use of printed sources and extensive interviews with surviving marine veterans, Jones' book is informative and readable, as well as long overdue. --Roland Green