The Few. The Proud.: Women Marines in Harm's Way
  • The Few. The Proud.: Women Marines in Harm's Way
  • The Few. The Proud.: Women Marines in Harm's Way

The Few. The Proud.: Women Marines in Harm's Way

by Sara Sheldon, Tracy L. Garrett
     
 

On a dark night in February 2005, Sara Sheldon arrived at Camp Fallujah, outside the dangerous ancient city for which it was named. Armed only with a camera, a laptop, and notepads, she was a spectator to the war who secured permission to embed with the 1st MEF and observe and interview Marines who happened to be women then posted at Camp Fallujah. In the time she

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On a dark night in February 2005, Sara Sheldon arrived at Camp Fallujah, outside the dangerous ancient city for which it was named. Armed only with a camera, a laptop, and notepads, she was a spectator to the war who secured permission to embed with the 1st MEF and observe and interview Marines who happened to be women then posted at Camp Fallujah. In the time she spent there, Sheldon interviewed women who held ranks from corporal to colonel to gain a broad and varied perspective of the experiences representative of female Marines throughout Iraq. She reveals much about her subjects: the preconceived notions they possessed when they enlisted in the Corps, how the experience of serving in Iraq changed them, and what they ultimately took home from the battlefield.

Americans are aware that women are actively serving in the armed forces, but few understand what exactly is expected of women in the military, the duties they perform, and the limitations and restrictions placed on them, especially in a combat zone. Sheldon reveals much about her subjects. In some ways, they mirrored their male counterparts. Some enlisted only for four years to receive educational benefits or for an opportunity to escape their home environment. Others made the Corps their career, serving as commissioned officers. Still others were recalled to active duty to serve with their representative Guard units. Sheldon uncovers their stories: the preconceived notions they possessed when they enlisted in the Corps, how the experience of serving in Iraq has changed them, and what they ultimately took home from the battlefield. She also sheds light on the day-to-day grind all American service personnel face in Iraq. Yet, she never loses her main focus. Far removed from the Green Zone, Sheldon and her subjects spent their days in harm's way, but she avoids a running commentary on policy. Instead, she remains committed to examining how women tasked with field duties and various missions at the lower levels of command are impacted by their experiences.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"The Few. The Proud. is a strikingly intricate and important addition to the canon of oral histories on the War in Iraq."

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The Northern Mariner/Le marin du nord

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780275999933
Publisher:
ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date:
11/28/2007
Series:
Praeger Security International Series
Pages:
200
Sales rank:
1,105,107
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.00(d)

What People are saying about this

Carol A. Mutter
"The Few. The Proud is an important book that documents the frequently unseen contributions of women in today's war in Iraq. Ms. Sheldon's prose paints vivid pictures of the sights, sounds, and smells. She describes not only what these women do, but also their feelings (and those of a few men) she meets in Iraq. Hear directly from women in harm's way and explore the many facets of their mission from being in combat to winning hearts and minds, to making it back home or making the Corps a career."
Paula D. Sarlls
"As a woman who served in the Corps during the 1960s (before EEO), I know that the women in this book are indisputable proof that the dreams of women who served since 1918 against tremendous objections from family, friends, military leaders, and legislators have been fulfilled. The accounts of the women in this work are extraordinary. Sheldon details the experiences of these female Marines perfectly and ultimately captures the very essence of what it means to be a Marine. That essence, that wish to rekindle in our society the spirit of sacrifice, service, and the desire to take a stand and make it mean something knows no gender in the Corps. These women and women serving everywhere today are my heroes! I remain Semper Fidelis!"

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