Guns Up!

Guns Up!

by Johnnie Clark
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Guns Up! by Johnnie Clark

THIS GUT-WRENCHING FIRSTHAND ACCOUNT OF THE WAR IS A CLASSIC IN THE ANNALS OF VIETNAM LITERATURE.

"Guns up!" was the battle cry that sent machine gunners racing forward with their M60s to mow down the enemy, hoping that this wasn't the day they would meet their deaths. Marine Johnnie Clark heard that the life expectancy of a machine gunner in Vietnam was seven to ten seconds after a firefight began. Johnnie was only eighteen when he got there, at the height of the bloody Tet Offensive at Hue, and he quickly realized the grim statistic held a chilling truth.

The Marines who fought and bled and died were ordinary men, many still teenagers, but the selfless bravery they showed day after day in a nightmarish jungle war made them true heroes. This new edition of Guns Up!, filled with photographs and updated information about those harrowing battles, also contains the real names of these extraordinary warriors and details of their lives after the war. The book's continuing success is a tribute to the raw courage and sacrifice of the United States Marines.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780345450265
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 01/28/2002
Edition description: Revised
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 121,524
Product dimensions: 4.20(w) x 6.90(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Johnnie M. Clark is a disabled veteran who lives with his wife and two children in St. Petersburg, Florida. After joining the Marine Corps at age seventeen, he served as a machine gunner with the famous 5th Marine Regiment in 1968 and was wounded three times. He was awarded the Silver Star for bravery. While recuperating in Okinawa, Mr. Clark studied karate as part of his rehabilitation program, and after his discharge, he taught martial arts at the University of South Florida. He is now a 6th Dan Master of tae kwan do and operates a tae kwan do school in St. Petersburg. Clark is also the author of Semper Fidelis, The Old Corps, No Better Way to Die, and the forthcoming Harlot's Cup. He is the recipient of the Brig. Gen. Robert L. Denig Memorial Distinguished Service Award for writing.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The war in Vietnam brought out the ugliness of an uneducated, misinformed group of individuals. A nation turned on its returning heroes, labelling them murderers and child-killers. In Guns Up!, LCPL Johnnie Clark silences the critics who were too cowardly to pick up a weapon themselves. It is a story of bravery, courage and true brotherhood. It pays tribute to each and every man who gave his life for his country during that terrible time. LCPL Clark was a hero, though he will never admit it. Neither will any man who was in Vietnam, or who served after. This book should be required reading as part of any American History class. It is a perfect example of how the media get it wrong time and again.
SouthernHistorian More than 1 year ago
Johnnie M. Clark has written a number of books about the Korean and Viet Nam wars and the roles of the regular Marine and even specialized troops such as snipers. His books are first person. First hand information on what he and his fellows went through, smelled, tasted, felt and dreamed of while they fought their hearts out for a war that few at home cared about and many spat on when they returned home wounded so that they could be healed and return to the jungles of southeast Asia. Mr Clark writes in a style that causes the reader to feel the sweat that poured down the necks of his Marines from the tropical heat or from the fear of being the next man to die in an ambush or from a sniper's round speeding out from his hidden position to make a sure kill on his target of the moment. Those who were there, in the Nam, read his books with tears in their eyes. Those who avoided the draft or the lotteryread his books, many of them coming away ashamed of their actions that half a lifetime ago. Men from either group come away touched, some to their very core. One nearly experiences every fear filled moments of every day in the Nam. The thought of rucking up one more time to enter the bush on another long patrol with radios that worked half the time if they were lucky and so-called intellegence that was more often dead wrong than it was right had to make almost any man stab himself or have a friend shoot him so he could stay in the rear in a MASH unit. Real life adventure, real life pain, real life fear, the things every Marines' life was made of is what Mr. Clark writes about. You are sucked into the lives of these Marines and find yourself caring for each and every one of them until you're spit out the end of the book drained. You realize what being a Marine in wartime is all about and you have to feel like saluting the next Marine you see in uniform and thanking him for all he's done so that you could sleep peacefully in your bed at night.
Guest More than 1 year ago
WOW THIS IS ONE REALLY HOT BOOK! THE WRITER TELLS IT AS ONLY HE CAN TELL IT BECAUSE HE WAS THERE. THIS IS THE VIEW FROM THE MARINE ON THE GROUND THE HONEST TRUTH. THE TRUE MARINE THE FIRST TO FIGHT. WHAT MAKES THIS STORY SPECIAL IS THIS MARINE WAS A MACHINE GUNNER IN THE THICK OF COMBAT AND THE AVERAGE MACHINE GUNNER DIDNT HAVE MUCH OF A LIFE CAUSE THE ENEMY SOLDIERS CAME AFTER HIM FIRST. SO YOU HAD TO REALLY BE THE BEST TO BE A MACHINEGUNNER AND SO THIS BOOK IS NOT ONLY A GREAT TRIBUTE TO THE COURAGE OF ALL THOSE WHO SERVED BUT IT TELLS THE STORY HOW ONE MAN FOUND SOMETHING GREATER. IF YOU HAVE READ THE ORIGINAL GUNS UP YOU NEED TO GET THIS NEWLY RELEASED COPY OF GUNS UP CAUSE THERES ALOT OF INTRESTING FOLLOW INFORMATION PLUS THIS GREAT BOOK HAS BEEN RELEASED ON CASSETTE WHICH WOULD BE GREAT TO TAKE WITH YOU TO THE GYM OR ON A BUSSINESS TRIP. ANY OF THESE FINE BOOKS AND OR THE CASSETE WOULD MAKE A FINE GIFT FOR A FRIEND FAMILY MEMBER OR FELLOW SERVICE MEMBER AND YOU CAN FIND THEM ON BN.COM NO LINES NO CROWDS
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A good look of what it was for young Marine in Vietnam.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A heartbreaking story of young men going into battle and experiencing things no person should.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The best Nam book ever, maybe the best book about war ever. I am a historian and I have read many books on warfare and this gives the reader an insider's look at the subject. It made me proud of those heroes who fought in that war and proud of our military in general. This book is a page-turner from the first word and it delivers non-stop. Well written and very descriptive. It's not just a book about the Hell of war, but about people. It illustrates just how much these guys loved each other and is a depiction of true friendship. Lance Cpl. Johnnie Clark grew-up too quickly in Nam just like many other young men and women who served, but he had to grow up to survive. This is a fantastic story of his love for his fellow Marines and in the end God. If you think this is just a bunch of God, Corps, Mom, apple pie, and flag-waving read this book and get an appreciation for what these warriors have done for YOU. Semper Fi!
Anonymous 11 days ago
It made me cry, it made me laugh. God bless all Marines.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Real stuff from regular people. No fiction here.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very action packed
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Explains why being an M60 gunner was such a dangerous assignment in Vietnam. Amazing any survived.
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Outstanding book and it is a quick book to read
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I seen this mission on sniper deadliest missions and it looked painfl for thepeople who died
FrankBCA More than 1 year ago
The first war book I've read that truly describes the daily life of a ground grunt....very well written, very quick read.
BW1938 More than 1 year ago
A well written, first person account of one of the nastiest wars in our history. Takes you into the front lines thru the eyes of a raw recruit as he survives the horrors of war until he is medevaced out as a wounded veteran.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a awesome book it tells the life of a american soldier during vietnam it tells about the hardships and the life of his bestfriends
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Best book i have ever read. I have even read it a couple times. Semper Fi.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Try out blood trails. It was a journal about a vietnam foot soildor
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very good book. Full of action and is an amazing story.
KenpoVic More than 1 year ago
Johnnie has a very unique writing style. He makes you know and love the charactors (in this case real life folks, he did not invent them). It was all action and humor even. I could not put the book down. Thank God I was sick fighting a cold when I picked up your book. So I finshed it in 2 days. Wow, I had fun being sick. Can't wait to read the rest of your books. Airborne!
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Jon Brostek More than 1 year ago
A mind blowing account of vietnam. Probably the best story on the subject i have ever read.
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