Within the Marine Corps the “Old Breed” has a special meaning, referring to the soldiers of the 1st Marine Division and their heroic defense of Guadalcanal in the early days of World War II, as well as to those who have gone before. This book gives today’s readers a rare chance to hear these old soldiers tell their own stories and to learn firsthand what it was like to be there for some of the twentieth century’s most harrowing battles and powerful triumphs. From personal interviews and the archives of oral history, the author has collected the reminiscences of the Marine Corps’ top rank of post-World War II officer legends, from early fifties commandant Lemuel Shepherd’s memories of Belleau Wood in World War I to on-the-spot accounts of leading soldiers into battle in Vietnam. Many of Camp’s subjects were commandant of the Corps, most were four-star generals, and all were heroes whose stories are the stuff of history.
|Publisher:||MBI Publishing Company|
|Product dimensions:||6.38(w) x 9.25(h) x 1.00(d)|
About the Author
Dick Camp, Jr., is a retired Marine Corps full colonel and is the author of Lima-6, his memoir as a Marine infantry company commander at Khe Sanh. In addition to personally interviewing most of his subjects, Camp served with many of them over the course of his 30-year career. Camp lives in Cincinnati, Ohio.
What People are Saying About This
Military Book Club, June 2006
“The 1st Marine Division is the backbone of the Corps. It’s the oldest, largest and most powerful of all Marine units and if there’s a war to be fought, you can bet that the 1st Marines will be there – consistently putting themselves in harm’s way for the sake of their country. Penned by a retired colonel who served in this legendary unit, Leatherneck Legends delivers numerous first-hand combat accounts that have until now never been published before. From the horrific conditions of the ships that transported them across the Pacific after Pearl Harbor to the end of the Vietnam War, Leatherneck Legends relates one incredible tale after another. It doesn’t get any better than Leatherneck Legend
WWII History, November 2006
“Imagine sitting down in a bar or a room somewhere with a bunch of crusty old Marine combat veterans and spending a few hours listening to them spin their war stories, answering every question that might pop into your head. That is what reading Leatherneck Legends is like.
“Author and retired Marine Corps colonel Dick Camp has done a masterful job of weaving historical narration with a large number of oral histories and memoirs from former Corps commandants, division commanders, Medal of Honor recipients, and four-star generals … Camp takes the reader along on a tour of duty that spans Marine Corps history from the Great War through Vietnam, presenting eye-witness accounts of what it was like to be on the front lines in some of the 20th century’s most harrowing battles and glorious triumphs. Page after page is filled with stories of bravery, honor, and sacrifice.”
Leatherneck Magazine, March 2007
“Leatherneck Legends lives up to its lofty title. Marines everywhere will relish this splendidly written volume. The book is ‘locked and loaded’ with the compelling conversations of these five fabled leathernecks and the Marines they shared their foxholes beside. Enhance your Marine Corps history library collection and acquire this book. Do it today!”
“There’s plenty of history, experience, and true-life adventure packed into these oral history legends.”
Book Review, August 2006