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Michael Abbo is an average American kid who enlists in the Marine Corps just before Pearl Harbor. As he struggles to adapt, he unwillingly finds himself assigned to the duty of runner for Chesty Puller, a highly decorated jungle fighter from the "Banana Wars." Abbo is shocked by Chesty's harsh training methods and the horrors of the amphibious warfare of the Pacific, but survives World War II, finishes college, and becomes a newspaper reporter for The Chicago Tribune. He is called up from the Marine Reserves in 1950 to serve in Korea, and finds himself assigned once again to Chesty Puller. He serves well throughout the Inchon landing, the battle for Seoul, and into the hellish Chosin Reservoir, meanwhile gaining respect and awe for the once-enlisted man who takes great pride in "leading from the front." Abbo eventually returns to the Tribune, and covers Puller's forced retirement as well as his dramatic testimony in the court martial of a Marine drill instructor at Parris Island.
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About the Author
Nicholas Ragland graduated from Georgetown University in 1966. He served as a Marine in Vietnam during 1967-1968 as a platoon leader with C Company, 3rd Shore Party Battalion, and later as the supply officer of the 1st Battalion 12th Marines. He is currently the chairman of The Gorilla Glue Company and lives in Cincinnati, Ohio. Joseph Rouse graduated from Miami University (Ohio) in 1996, and received an M.A. in English from the University of Cincinnati in 2003. After a stint in the corporate world, he now teaches high school English in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Table of Contents
List of Maps vii
Organization of the 1st Marine Division xii
Prologue, The New York Times xv
1 Training 1
2 Guadalcanal 11
3 New Britain 51
4 Peleliu 71
5 The Korean War 93
6 Inchon and Seoul 104
7 Chosin Reservoir 122
8 After Korea 159
9 Ribbon Creek 166
Epilogue, The Death of a Marine Legend 175
About the Authors 177
What People are Saying About This
Puller's Runner captures [my] father's brave and unselfish devotion to the country he loved and those who served with him. Oorah!
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This is a very accurate accounting of Chesty Puller, albeit fiction. The writers obviously researched General Puller's life in great detail, and presently a throughly enjoyable account of his accomplishments and leadership. Highly recommended reading!