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Posted May 21, 2007
I was a member of Platoon 26, A Company, 4'th Recruit Training Battalion in 1956. Platoon 26 formed up on February 3, 1956, just three weeks before Platoon 71. I graduated with Platoon 26 on April 13, 1956, only five days after the infamous incident at Ribbon Creek. In my opinion , the book accurately describes the training at Parris Island at that time. I learned of the tragedy only after leaving Parris Island. Until I read this book, I was aware only of the information provided by the often biased and sensational reporting by the media. This book is a 'great read' for anyone wishing to understand recruit USMC training of that time, and more importantly to understand what happened from the author's detailed analysis. Memories of my days as a Marine recruit flooded back when I read this book. I was appointed Section Leader, by the Senior Drill Instructor a few days after the platoon formed up, and served in that position throughout my training. Platoon 26 was a squared away platoon of guys mostly from New England. There was no problem with motivation or discipline in my platoon. Before I enlisted, a Marine veteran gave me sage advice 'when you're ordered to do something, do it right, do it fast, and never question or complain'. 'Take my advice and you'll have no problem'. He was right. At graduation exercises on April 13, 1956, Major General Joseph C. Burger, Commanding General, MCRD Parris Island, prsented me with a Citation as the outstanding recuit of Platoon 26. General Burger also awarded me the American Spirit Honor Medal for 'high example to comrades in arms'. After reading this book, I can't help but wonder what my fate would have been if I had been a member of Platoon 71.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.