Welcome to Hell: Three and a Half Months of Marine Corps Boot Camp

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Former Marine tells of his experience in Boot Camp.
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Former Marine tells of his experience in Boot Camp.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781933909219
  • Publisher: History Publishing Company, LLC
  • Publication date: 8/14/2012
  • Pages: 232
  • Sales rank: 810,432
  • Product dimensions: 8.80 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Patrick Turley served five years in the Marine Corp seeing duty in Iraq. He left active duty in 2006 as a sergeant. He currently resides in Fleming Island, Florida with his daughter and is currently writing a novel having turned his attention to fiction.

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Table of Contents

Foreword ix

Prologue 1

Part 1

Chapter 1 Origins 7

Chapter 2 Beginners 11

Chapter 3 Basic Training 15

Chapter 4 Hogan's Alley 25

Chapter 5 Graduation 27

Part 2

Chapter 6 Denver 31

Chapter 7 Learning the Ropes 35

Chapter 8 Softball 43

Chapter 9 A Real Pro 45

Chapter 10 Transferred 49

Part 3

Chapter 11 Birmingham 55

Chapter 12 Motivation 61

Chapter 13 J. Edgar Hoover 71

Chapter 14 Big Shoes to Fill 81

Part 1 L. Patrick Gray 81

Part 2 Clarence Kelley 83

Chapter 15 The Young and the Restless 87

Part 1 Doing Foolish Things 87

Part 2 Volkswagen Arrest 93

Chapter 16 Crime Resistance 101

Chapter 17 The Atlanta Child Murders 109

Chapter 18 William H. Webster 121

Chapter 19 A Perfect Moment in an Imperfect World 129

Chapter 20 Don't Shoot! We're Republicans! 131

Chapter 21 And Then Came Molly 135

Chapter 22 Foreign Counterintelligence 139

Part 4

Chapter 23 Headlights 157

Chapter 24 Area Code 215 165

Chapter 25 Prison Hymn 171

Chapter 26 William S. Sessions 181

Chapter 27 Lincoln Grant 187

Chapter 27 Assassination of a Federal Judge 191

Chapter 28 Louis J. Freeh 203

Chapter 30 Colin Powell 209

Chapter 31 Talladega Uprising 213

Chapter 32 Dogcatchers 221

Chapter 33 Beer for Breakfast 225

Chapter 34 Losing the Recruiting Wars 229

Part 5

Chapter 35 Hitting the Wall 233

Chapter 36 Retirement 241

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  • Posted September 4, 2012

    I loved this book! 'Welcome to Hell' describes, in sometimes pai

    I loved this book!
    'Welcome to Hell' describes, in sometimes painful detail, the author's first-hand USMC boot camp experience. He joined the Marines the day after the September 11th attacks as a very detached and carefree youth and finished 3 ½ months later as a man and a Marine.

    The journey that the author takes us on is significantly more than a "boot camp story". Though it does have a vivid explanation of the gritty details of what a Marine-in-training has to endure, it also includes incredibly touching flashbacks through his pre-service life and letters (oftentimes heart-wrenchingly tender) to and from home. While reading this book, I found myself laughing out loud quite frequently, and being brought to tears more than once. Since I was never in the military, it was interesting and humbling to see what our service men and women go through during their initial training - it's incredible what daily comforts and routines that I didn't realize I take for granted.

    Patrick Turley describes his experiences with language and visualization that allows even someone quite removed from the military life to understand and the story unfolds and takes shape right from the beginning. I was immediately drawn in and emotionally attached to the story and I found it hard to put down to go to sleep. Turley's writing is so honest and introspective, that you find yourself growing with him as he unravels who he truly is (even during the times you don't want to like him) so much that you physically flinch from his pain! There appears to be no filler or fluff - this is the real thing.

    Reading 'Welcome to Hell' has helped me appreciate (even more) what our amazingly brave Marines sacrifice to ensure we get to continue with our assumptions of basic safety that are inherently just accepted as truth. It's funny, it's touching, it's harsh at times, It's entirely genuine, It's extraordinary!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 30, 2013

    Welcome to camp half cabins

    This is the cabins.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 19, 2013

    Highly revommended

    A very good read for any parent to read before during or after their child goes to bootcamp. I read it while my son was at parris island, so I could follow his journey from recruit to marine. I felt allot of raw emotions and pity for any recruit who had to endure this process - but by the time I finished reading this book I had no regret that my son was there and has more respect for all US Marines. I am a proud Marine mom.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 19, 2013

    I was in PISC in 196

    The Hollywood Marines had it easier than the Swanp Foxes!

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