Once a Marine: A Memoir

Once a Marine: A Memoir

by Jack O'Rourke


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It was in January 1942, not long after the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor, that Jack O'Rourke chose to serve his country. Having chosen to enlist in the strong and proud Marine Corps, young Jack's life changed forever. Now, years later, Jack O'Rourke looks back at his years in the military with pride. Once a Marine recounts his years serving in both wartime and peacetime. From boot camp, where he was taught to kill a man from 5 feet to 500 yards; to officers' training school, spending six months crawling in the snow and mastering small arms and infantry tactics; to active duty on Pacific islands and in Korea, young Jack grew from a boy into a man. In a straightforward and economical manner, Jack O'Rourke presents a colorful, vivid, and compulsively readable account of one young Marine's experiences. Once a Marine is a tribute to all those who have served in the United States Marine Corps.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780533155347
Publisher: Vantage Press, Inc.
Publication date: 07/28/2007
Pages: 142
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.40(d)

Table of Contents

Preface     vii
Introduction     ix
The Changing Role of the Marine Corps     1
Marines Are Different     3
University of Rochester     15
Boot Camp     28
Camp LeJeune     40
Quantico     44
Light Anti-Aircraft School     60
Going Overseas     63
Peleliu     70
Guam     82
The Reserves     90
Active Duty     94
Korea     104
Going Home     113
Some Unforgettables     121
Epilogue     139

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