Uncommon Men

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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,...

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Overview

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.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781572491540
  • Publisher: White Mane Publishing
  • Publication date: 6/1/2007
  • Pages: 376
  • Sales rank: 1,004,642
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.78 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword
Author's Preface
Dedication
Ch. 1 How It All Started 1
Ch. 2 Wilbur Bestwick: The Pioneer 6
Ch. 3 Francis D. Rauber: A Man of Dignity 22
Ch. 4 Thomas J. McHugh: The Quiet One 39
Ch. 5 Herbert J. Sweet: "Shifty" - The Purple Heart Man 66
Ch. 6 Joseph W. Dailey: The Outdoorsman 86
Ch. 7 Clinton A. Puckett: The Cowboy With the Thirst For Knowledge 124
Ch. 8 Henry H. Black: "Tell It Like It Is!" 154
Ch. 9 John R. Massaro: The Recon Man 191
Ch. 10 Leland D. Crawford: The Coal Miner Who Made Good 227
Ch. 11 Robert E. Cleary: The World Traveler 255
Ch. 12 David W. Sommers: The New, New Breed 279
Ch. 13 Conclusion 328
App. A Lists of Awards 335
App. B Tours of Duty 341
App. C Leatherneck article: Sweet 342
App. D Official description of Office of Sergeant Major of Marine Corps 346
App. E Notes on sources 348
App. F Notes on enlisted rank, 1946-1992 352
Index 355
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