Marine Rifleman: Forty-Three Years in the Corps

Marine Rifleman: Forty-Three Years in the Corps

by Wesley L. Fox, Wesley L. Fox
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Marine Rifleman: Forty-Three Years in the Corps by Wesley L. Fox, Wesley L. Fox

Intrigued by the mystique and challenge of the Marine Corps, eighteen-year-old Wesley Fox enlisted in the summer of 1950, shortly after the outbreak of the Korean War. He saw action with the First Marine Division in Korea and was wounded in 1951. After Korea, Fox advanced steadily in the enlisted ranks, reaching the rank of first sergeant, and, early in the Vietnam War, he received an appointment as second lieutenant. While serving as a rifle company commander with the Third Marine Division in 1969, he was twice wounded in a vicious battle during Operation Dewey Canyon. Early in this battle, every member of the company’s command staff was either wounded or killed. In an all-or-nothing effort led by First Lieutenant Fox, his company repulsed the attack of a much larger enemy force and then counterattacked with devastating results. “For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty,” Fox received the Medal of Honor, which President Richard Nixon presented to him at the White House. Despite the personal sacrifice and frequent danger, Fox resolutely embraced the ethos of the Marine Corps, risking his life on numerous occasions and emerging as a leader in one of the most respected and feared fighting organizations in the world. Readers interested in U.S. military history from the second half of the twentieth century, in the Marine Corps, and in inspiring tales of personal achievement will find plenty of each in Fox’s extraordinary memoir.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781574884258
Publisher: Potomac Books
Publication date: 05/30/2002
Series: Memories of War
Edition description: 1ST
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.

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Marine Rifleman: Forty-Three Years in the Corps 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I had the chance to meet Colonel Fox this year at Texas Tech University. He is the Marine Corps, and his memoir is a must read for every Marine past, present, and future. In my opinion, every American should take the time to read this important book about a true American Marine Corps hero. Thank you Colonel Fox for your outstanding 43 years of service in America's elite fighting force!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book focuses on a world not many know, the career of a member of the largest elite fighting force in the world, The United States Marine Corps. It tells the story of Wesley Fox, A man who rose from private to Colonel and is a man I can safely call Marine's Marine. He writes in a straight forward manner describing the good with the bad, His own personal triumphs as well as the setbacks and most importantly the inner conflict between his commitment to the Corps and his devotion to his family. Colonel Fox served over 40 years and during that time he was not content to just serve his time but excelled at every job he was assigned to, going that extra mile that makes the differance between people who do their job and those who lead by example and motivate those around them to do the same. I served three and a half years with the Marine Infantry as a Navy Hospital Corpsman during some of the time he was in and the things and places he writes about brought back a flood of memories for me. In closing I'd like to Highly recommend this book, it's very readable and interesting even if you're not pro military it' still a fasinating story of a true American hero. Colonel Fox, it would have been an honor to have served with you.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I had the Honor of meeting Col. Wesley Fox this past Veteran's Day in Washington D.C. at the 3rd Recon Reunion. Col. Fox's book was a motivating and inspirational piece of Military and Marine Corps History. The values and beliefs outlined in each chapter strikes deep into the hearts of everyone whoever wore the Globe & Anchor. The book truly defines the discipline, heritage and pride, each Marine carries with them following graduation from Boot Camp. I would have liked the opportunity to have served beside him. I know we must have eaten the same dirt in Vietnam in 68. Hand Salute & Semper Fi, Sgt. James V. Rapone USMC Vietnam 68
Guest More than 1 year ago
During semester break I devoted much of my spare time to reading MARINE RIFLEMAN: FORTY THREE YEARS IN THE CORPS. It is a magnificent book. Colonel Fox's narrative constitutes a solid chunk of from interesting to fascinating history.In this book the author has left a great contribution to the Marine Corps Tradition and world history. MARINE RIFLEMAN is strong, tough, intelligent, gungy, generous, and honest, just like its modest author. Colonel Fox's book is one of the most powerful, memorable and valuable books I have read. As the careful reader will discern, Wes Fox and his family have sacrificed A LOT for the great country, the U.S.A. Readers worldwide should be extremely grateful for Colonel Fox's tremendously detailed and insighftul narrative. SEMPER FIDELIS, James J. Kirschke, Captain, United States Marine Corps, retired, and Professor of English, Villanova University (author of NOT GOING HOME ALONE: A MARINE'S STORY)
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is the Story in hiStory! The story gets the reader involved. Col Fox can describe the battlefield terrain through the eyes of a Recon Marine. You can almost feel the earth as he describes a trail or a foxhole or the triple canopy jungle of Vietnam. You are there. The lessons learned summary of each chapter can be applied to civilian life as well as the military. Col Fox's story is an outstanding guide for someone wanting to know more about a career in the Marine Corps. We often think that a Marine is only a rifleman, but this book shows the many facets of a career. A retired Army friend of mine said, "I got 1 years experience 20 times". Col Fox got 43 years experience. The book is quite a page turner. I recommend that you go back over each chapter after you have read the entire book and relate the lessons learned to the events in the chapter. Look at the maps and follow the adventure. In his Staff Sergeant chapter, he tells us about his days as a Drill Instructor. I was a member of Platoon 107. He was my DI.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Writing is great. COL Fox illustrates Military leadership by example, from NCO through Officer Ranks in both War and Peace. A primer for those who follow. A battlefield warrior himself, his writing makes you feel the 'grunts' fear, anxiety, courage and finally relief when their battlefield falls quiet. Witnessed is 'up-front" leadership eliminating problems and issues, preparing subordinates to do their very best. Who among the over-40 crowd, can not easily remember their very best 'leader'? Fox is one! Also,illustrated is how a Military Superior can (and does)fairly and un-fairly impact the career of their subordinate with "a few words and x's" on a piece of paper.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book covers the 43 year career of one Marine. And a damn fine Marine he is. Col. Fox is a Marines Marine. Semper Fi