Marine Rifleman: Forty-Three Years in the Corps

Marine Rifleman: Forty-Three Years in the Corps

by Wesley L. Fox


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781574885293
Publisher: Potomac Books
Publication date: 07/31/2003
Series: Memories of War
Pages: 428
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

About the Author

Col. Wesley L. Fox, USMC (Ret.), retired from the Marine Corps in 1993 after forty-three years of distinguished service. In addition to the Medal of Honor, he received two awards of the Legion of Merit, a Bronze Star with Combat V, four awards of the Purple Heart, and numerous commendations. From 1993 until his retirement in 2001, Fox served as deputy commandant of cadets at Virginia Tech. He lives in Blacksburg, Virginia.

Table of Contents

List of Maps     ix
Acknowledgments     xi
Prologue     xiii
Private, USMC     1
Family background and adolescent days
Recruit experiences at Parris Island
Alligators, DIs, heat, and sand fleas
Maltreatment, physical and verbal abuse
Rifle qualification
Private First Class     21
2nd Marine Division at Camp Lejeune
En route to the Korean War
Combat with a rifle company
Squad personalities
Corporal Davis, Squad Leader
Accidental discharge
Whisky raid on the Army
Corporal     46
Difficulties due to promotion
Rear guard action following Chinese breakthrough on flank
Hilarious meeting with Chinese patrol
Listening post assignment
Chinese night attack and breakthrough
Hall killed, enemy behind us
Grenade malfunction
Closing the breakthrough
Assignment in No-Man's Land
Bodies of 38th Regiment's soldiers recovered
Wounded in assault on enemy machine gun
Squad Leader
Sergeant     81
Armed Services Policeman, Washington, DC
Guard duty in postwar Japan
Rifle Company Platoon Sergeant in Korea
1st Marine Division returns stateside
Drill Instructor duty
Staff Sergeant     105
Recruit hazing and maltreatment
Shakeup of Marine Corps following death of recruits at Parris Island
New way of making Marines
Flirt with Hollywood
Recruiting duty
Technical Sergeant     122
Recruiting quotas and quality recruits
Daily life and work of a recruiter
Pathfinder1st Force Reconnaissance Company
POW, Escape, Evasion, and Survival training
Parachute and SCUBA training
Deployment to Okinawa
Riptide sweep seaward
Brush with death in parachute landing
Gunnery Sergeant     172
Sport parachuting and parachute malfunctions
Parachute Demonstration Team
Brain concussion from parachute landing
Competitive rifle and pistol shooting
First child
Seeking assignment to Vietnam lands duty in Paris, France
Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe
Promotion to 1st Sergeant
Selection for temporary commission
2nd Lieutenant     184
2nd Force Reconnaissance Company
Personality conflict with company 1st Sergeant
Submarine escape trunk training
Locking out of and entering a submerged, underway submarine
Loss of friend in parachuting accident
Vietnamese advisor training at Fort Bragg
1st Lieutenant, Section 1     202
Advisor duty with Vietnamese Marine Corps
Overcoming Vietnamese counterpart's objection to working with an American lieutenant
Vietnamese leaders use war as means of making money
Personality conflict with only other American assigned
Enemy Tet offensive
Three Marines take on an enemy battalion
R&R with wife in Honolulu
Extension of combat tour
1st Lieutenant, Section 2     231
Assignment as Company Commander, Company A, 1st Bn, 9th Marine Rgt
Opportunity to hone the fighting skills of Marines
Company A locks on with an NVA battalion
Miraculous performance of Marines despite loss of all platoon commanders
Recommended for the Medal of Honor
Captain     267
Leaving Vietnam
Student and Instructor
Nixon presents the Medal of Honor
Marine Security Guard duty in Eastern and Western Europe
Embassy Marines and Physical Fitness Test
Operations Officer, 3rd Reconnaissance Bn on Okinawa
Student, Western State College
Major     296
Colorado outdoor sports
Graduated cum laude
Reconnaissance Officer, Development Center
Testing and evaluating new equipment
Multiple parachute malfunctions
Parachute offset delivery techniques
Hang gliders
Lieutenant Colonel     316
Battalion Command
Preparation for deployment
Combined Arms Exercise
Training challenges
Proactive leadership options
Long foot marches and zero disciplinary problems
Battalion to the top of Mount Fuji
Army War College
Director of Staff, NCO Academy
Colonel of Marines     348
Sea duty
Joint Plans Officer
Oslo, Norway
Officer Candidate School
Keep only those who will make good leaders
Determining who can think and react properly under extreme stress
A question on one's integrity is a ticket home
Korea: 1st Marine Division Tactical Area of Operation, 1951
Korea: 1st Marine Division Tactical Area of Operation, April-May 1951
Vietnam: US Marine Tactical Area of Operation, 1968 and 1969

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