Patrick Turley served five years in the Marine Corp in Iraq. He left active duty in 2006 as a sergeant. He currently resides in Fleming Island, Florida with his daughter.
Welcome to Hell: Three and a Half Months of Marine Corps Boot Campby Patrick Turley
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“Welcome to Hell," the drill instructor announced to the small crowd of young men staring at him apprehensively, his words charging the atmosphere with a foreboding intensity. Three and one half months of hellish and seemingly outrageous demands would be made of those who would endure the journey through the fires of boot camp. These young men would find a pride in themselves that would last forever. Those survivors of boot camp training often look back, with a smile and even a laugh, at what they endured from the DI. Patrick Turley, driven to enlist by the events of 9/11, captures these anxious times perfectly in vivid detail establishing an emotional bond with the reader throughout his journey from man to Marine, and John Patrick Shanley said it only as a former Marine and Pulitzer Prize winner could: "It's great to have gone to Marine Corps boot camp. It's terrible to be in Marine Corps boot camp. It's fun to read about Marine Corps boot camp."
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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!
This is the cabins.
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.
The Hollywood Marines had it easier than the Swanp Foxes!