A Sniper in the Arizona 2nd Battalion, 5th Marines, in the Arizona Territory, 1967

A Sniper in the Arizona 2nd Battalion, 5th Marines, in the Arizona Territory, 1967

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by John J. Culbertson
     
 

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"Morning was always a welcome sight to us.  It meant two things. The first was that we were still alive. . . ."

In 1967, death was the constant companion of the Marines of Hotel Company, 2/5, as they patrolled the paddy dikes, mud, and mountains of the Arizona Territory southwest of Da Nang. But John Culbertson and most of the rest of Hotel

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"Morning was always a welcome sight to us.  It meant two things. The first was that we were still alive. . . ."

In 1967, death was the constant companion of the Marines of Hotel Company, 2/5, as they patrolled the paddy dikes, mud, and mountains of the Arizona Territory southwest of Da Nang. But John Culbertson and most of the rest of Hotel Company were the same lean, fighting Marines who had survived the carnage of Operation Tuscaloosa. Hotel's grunts walked over the enemy, not around him.

In graphic terms, John Culbertson describes the daily, dangerous life of a soldier fighting in a country where the enemy was frequently indistinguishable from the allies, fought tenaciously, and thought nothing of using civilians as a shield. Though he was one of the top marksmen in 1st Marine Division Sniper School in Da Nang in March 1967—a class of just eighteen, chosen from the division's twenty thousand Marines—Culbertson knew that against the VC and the NVA, good training and experience could carry you just so far. But his company's mission was to find and engage the enemy, whatever the price. This riveting, bloody first-person account offers a stark testimony to the stuff U.S. Marines are made of.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780804118705
Publisher:
Random House Publishing Group
Publication date:
03/28/1999
Pages:
288
Sales rank:
749,039
Product dimensions:
4.17(w) x 6.87(h) x 0.59(d)

Meet the Author

John J. Culbertson served with the 2/5, 1st Marine Division, at An Hoa, Republic of Vietnam, from December 1966 to July 1967. Mr. Culbertson served as a Marine Rifleman, MOS 0311, on Operation Tuscaloosa. He completed 1st MarDiv Sniper School in Da Nang, where he earned the secondary MOS 8541. He was wounded in action and earned three Purple Hearts. He also was awarded the Combat Action Ribbon, Presidential Unit Citation, Navy Unit Commendation, Meritorious Unit Commendation, Vietnam Cross of Gallantry with Palm, Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal, and multiple expert rifleman badge awards. Mr. Culbertson received an honorable discharge from the U.S. Marine Corps in 1971 at the rank of sergeant.

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Sniper in the Arizona 2nd Battalion, 5th Marines, in the Arizona Territory, 1967 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was wtitten in the Old West "dime novel" style. To me it read like pure fiction that he made up as he went. I couldn't get past the first twenty pages and had to stop..it's that bad. .
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Good book had only alittle about sniping
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jrose68 More than 1 year ago
Was not really a book about sniper action in vietnam....was more about a snipers experience in vietnam with very little sniper accounts
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Euge More than 1 year ago
This book is a lot different than a lot of movies and other books about the Vietnam War. The author paints a picture of very well-trained and disciplined soldiers which is not always the case when speaking of the Vietnam War. Wish there was more about sniper missions but I guess when you're telling a true story there's only so much you can do. A very good read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A must read book. Filled with plenty of combat action of the 5th marines in Viet-Nam in 1967. Read as John takes you from the combat bases of the fighting 2/5 marines into the valleys and rice paddies filled with death and destruction. John starts out as a green marine, new in-country and unaware of what is ahead of him, and he takes you day by day into the killing fields of I corps as he becomes a battle hardened veteran and a Marine Scout Sniper. You will not be able to put the book down. Thanks to John for telling it like it was during a time when our government and our own countrymen were blind to the truth.
Guest More than 1 year ago
It was interesting reading about places that I have been and Marines that I knew. The author gives an insightful account about running patrols in the Arizona. He gives you more than fact, as he conveys the intensity of the many emotions created by being in a heavily booby trapped and NVA controlled area. The book gives you the true sense of what it was like in a western with An Hoa as Fort Apache and 2/5 the cavalry. His description of the incidents are well presented. While the book may never be called great literature, it presents an honest portrayl of what it meant being a grunt in the Arizona. I recommend it to anyone who wishes to truly understand. Well done Culbertson 'you got it right'.