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Uncommon Men
     

Uncommon Men

by John C. Chapin, Alfred M. Gray
 

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New insights into the senior command levels of the United States fighting elite. Stories include accounts of men in battles from World War II.

This book fills a void in the literature of Marine Corps leadership. Supplying the biographies of the first eleven men to hold the proud title of Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps, Uncommon Men offers new insights into the

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New insights into the senior command levels of the United States fighting elite. Stories include accounts of men in battles from World War II.

This book fills a void in the literature of Marine Corps leadership. Supplying the biographies of the first eleven men to hold the proud title of Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps, Uncommon Men offers new insights into the senior command levels of the United States' fighting elite. This book portrays not only the lives of those pioneers, but also gives us a social history of the Corps since 1942 as only a Marine could tell it.
The Sergeants Major of the Marine Corps come from all parts of the country. Chapin reminds us of their humanity, their families, and off-duty friendships and hobbies, and how they rose through the ranks.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
In 1957 the Marines instituted a new billet: the sergeant major of the Marine Corps. The principal duty of the incumbent was to keep the commandant advised in matters pertaining to promotions, welfare and morale of enlisted personnel. Chapin presents compact biographies of the first 11 men to fill that post, covering their upbringing, marriages and retirement as well as details of their active service. All came from modest backgrounds; none had formal schooling beyond high school; every one of them proved his courage and leadership ability in combat. Each sergeant major personified in a distinctive way the virtues traditionally associated with Marine noncommissioned officers. This enlightening account captures the unique spirit of the Corps. Chapin, a retired Marine officer, is author of A History of Marine Fighter Squadron 115. Photos. (Feb.)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781572491540
Publisher:
White Mane Publishing
Publication date:
06/01/2007
Pages:
376
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.78(d)

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