A great read. --Richmond Times-Dispatch
A riveting and entertaining overview of the Corps over the last three decades. --New York Post
A welcome addition to any war fighters professional library. --Leatherneck
From the Author
I never planned to write a book about the Marine Corps. Though I grew up as a Marine "dependent," with a brother who fought in Vietnam and a father who was a three-star general, I was into reading Kesey, not Clausewitz. But the Corps kept invading my personal space -- especially in the form of a tall, adventurous first cousin who became a Marine and followed in my fathers footsteps.
By the late 1990s, Gen. James L. Jones, had become the top military advisor to then-Secretary of Defense William Cohen. In 1999, Cohen named Jim the 32nd Commandant of the Marine Corps. -- a powerful post that put on him on the presidents Joint Chiefs of Staff.
As a newspaper reporter, I began to reflect on the more than 50 years of military service of my family members, and, after my fathers death, began to think about chronicling their stories.
This effort expanded into something far beyond a family saga to encompass the Marine Officer Basic School graduating class of April 5, 1967. I met living legend Maj. Gen. Ray Smith, a highly- decorated officer and hero of the Battle of Hue City. I got to know a passionate man from Fayetteville, Ark., Lt. Gen. Marty Steele, who fought for racial justice and took on more than his share of other burdens for Corps and country.
"Boys of 67" tells their stories, and sheds new light on this proud, idealistic, and courageous fighting organization -- the U.S. Marine Corps.