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A Marine's Journal: Feb '67 - Feb '68 Kindle Edition

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Length: 218 pages

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About the Author

Mike Holiday is a former marine and a retired educator. The majority of his career was spent teaching special education classes and working with severely emotionally disturbed students. He now resides on the West Coast with his dog.


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  • File Size: 283 KB
  • Print Length: 218 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: AbbottPress (January 7, 2013)
  • Publication Date: January 7, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00AZ089IU
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #329,685 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By carolgiwife on January 27, 2013
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A friend recommended this book to me and i picked it up on a whim. After i started reading it grabbed me emotionally and intellectually. To see the actually journal entries and the follow up and explanation of the entry really takes you through a thoughtful journey through the hardships, pain, and good old military humor that was the Vietnam war. You will laugh and cry with the main character Holiday as he does his time staying alive through one of the toughest wars in modern history. It is labeled as fiction, but with a background of truth. Thank you Holiday for your service!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By MottDaHoop on January 20, 2013
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This is an incredible story. This book is certainly worth the money. Written in a different method but most certainly worth the money.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Eric L. on January 27, 2013
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I could not put this book down. I felt at times as if I was on the march with the marine, or right in the tunnel waiting for the next crisis. The most interesting part of this journey was to learn exactly what it was like to be young , in a foreign land , learning the culture all while my life is in jeopardy . I really felt the danger and the way this marine navigated that danger . A must read.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Paul Boatman on February 4, 2013
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This is the best account of action in Viet Nam that I've ever read. I'm a retired U.S. Air Force enlisted man and did two tours in Southeast Asia during the Viet Nam war, including one tour in Viet Nam it'self. I didn't stomp the bush like these leathernecks, but I saw the results, and the heartache after each major battle. Mike Holiday hits the nail on the head, and I love the no punches pulled approach that he uses in his writing. This book tells it like it was. Recommended reading for anyone who cares what really happened in this war that no body wanted.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Kindle Customer on April 3, 2013
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Of the many Vietnam era books I've read -- especially about Marines, I rank Mike Holiday's "A Marine's Journal" as one of the best. His preface sounded somewhat boisterous; many writers claim theirs being the most definitive, I disregarded his attitude. As I progressed into the book I became aware that he really did understand the psyche of the grunt, and he had the ability to articulate his experiences so well. The places he humped, the fears and feelings he had resonated so well. I was there -- perhaps even walked the same path to the mess hall, or followed the paths in the elephant grass, Holiday did an excellent job bringing these facets of combat out in the book. Would definitely make this a must read if you want to learn what thoughts in a grunt.

Semper Fi,
Delta 1/9; Lima 3/4
RVN 67
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By The Chopette on February 4, 2013
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I have never read a person's account of their time in Viet Nam before I bought this book.

All I had to go on was what was in the history books in school.

The author takes the journal of one individual and then explains and expands on the journal entries.

This book draws you in on many different levels. You have a young American male with his first experiences away from home with the complications of being in a foreign country and in the midst of a war. You feel compassion for him and the situations that he was placed in.

I got a better understanding of what he felt and experienced and how it shaped the rest of his life.

This is a must read whether you were a participant in the Viet Nam war or not.

There is talk of a sequel and I await that.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Fantasy buff on March 6, 2013
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As a Vietnam Veteran I found the writers portrayal of his experience in Vietnam as Accurate--Riveting--Well written--Vividly described!
There were times I had to shake off the emotions that this author's story told for it brought back memories that are best laid to rest. He pulls no punches in the places and events he takes you to, so buckle up but don't expect this to be some book you get a warn cup of coffee and a cozy blanket to curl up with.
In the authors story you will see the best and the worst of man under the most extreme set of environments.
Well done Mr. Mike Holiday- 2 thumbs up and thank you for your service.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By AirforceOne on February 19, 2013
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This book is a ground level view of the role of a young marine in Vietnam. The book clearly reflects the genuine experience from a young Marine, and is grippingly readable. Mike does not set out with any political agenda, it does however offer a first hand account that defines and illustrates the tactical insanity and brutality of the war in Vietnam, from a Marines perspective. I am a U.S.A.F. veteran who served during peace time and war time as well, but what this young Marine went through was what makes even this Flyboy swell with pride and say without prejudice, Mike Holiday is a true American hero. Thank you.
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