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Once a Marine: An Iraq War Tank Commander's Inspirational Memoir of Combat, Courage, and Recovery 1st Edition
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Make sure you watch to the very end for a "special" photo message from "Gunny Pop" Nick. I know you will appreciate seeing him.
Nick "Gunny Pop" Popaditch is a former marine Gunnery Sergeant, a Silver Star winner, a 15-year veteran of the USMC, and was widely known around the world as "The Cigar Marine:" (Google it.). His tanks captured Firdos "Saddam" square in April 2003 and pulled down the hated statue. Nick was severely wounded one year later with an RPG to the head, which was captured live by a media news crew. He had to fight his way through an incredible odyssey of turmoil, heartbreak, and bureaucracy to recover everything he had lost. His website is [...]
Meeting Nick and April was a shock. My dad was a member of one of the first UDTs--underwater demolition teams--in WWII. He was a highly decorated war hero. Running into Nick was like running into his reincarnation. The stance, the physique, the totally present mental attitude, the energy. I was raised by a warrior and finding another one right in front of me brought back lots. My father was killed by a negligent and probably drunk driver in 1964, surviving the war to be mowed down on the road. Thanks, Nick, for being who you are and letting me have that glimpse of my dad again.
This book is an introduction to the state of the warrior. The essential learning it offers is nonpolitical and of value regardless of how you feel about Iraq or the election. I write about spirituality and becoming who you really are--the flowering of your soul. I've got a couple of books out, on spiritual practice and a sci-fi look at the richest man in the world meeting a great Native American shaman. What I get excited about in a book is the spiritual teachings and lessons it imparts.
This entire book is a spiritual teaching. Watch Nick as he tells his story. He's right there, in the moment, as present as your own breath. (He's that way when you meet him in life, too.) Notice what he does as he prepares to ship out. "Getting straight with God.Read more ›
In 2004, while commanding a tank in Fallujah, Iraq, Gunny Pop, as he's known, stopped a rocket propelled grenade with his face and lived to talk about it. Although he was awarded a Silver Star for his valor that day, Nick lost an eye and was critically wounded, but he survived. He was medically discharged from the Corps in 2005.
Gunny Pop has written an amazing memoir of his ordeal titled Once a Marine: An Iraq War Tank Commander's Inspirational Memoir of Combat, Courage, and Recovery that was recently published by Savas-Beatie. Because of my relationship with Ted Savas, I've known about this forthcoming book for quite a while, and had the good fortune to read the manuscript before it was published.
I can't say enough good things about this particular book. Fast-paced and extremely well-written, Gunny Pop has written a simultaneously fascinating and incredibly moving narrative that details his military career and the ordeal of his wounding and recovery from that horrible wound. A husband and father, his memoir tells all about how that day in Fallujah affected his life and the lives of his loved ones. Gunny Pop represents the best that the United States Marine Corps has to offer, and we all have much to learn from the lessons of his life.
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Such a warrior. Fought for his country then had to fight for his life. An inspiration, Semper Fi from another Marine.Published 8 days ago by Gunney F.
Could not put this book down...as soon as I finished it..I started re reading it!Published 3 months ago by Brad Griesenauer
It was a true honor meeting "Gunny Pop" in San Diego after watching my brother graduate marine boot camp there as I did at one time. Mr. Read morePublished 9 months ago by justin Middleton
A good book. Combat descriptions in Fallujah are accurate and told well. And as an old Marine grunt I can verify that tanks are frightening. Read morePublished 17 months ago by OldJarHead
Good descriptive writing and very good story. Once you read this you will begin to appreciate the Marine way of life and discipline. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Donald E. Kilgore
I came to know Gunny Pop and his beautiful wife April when Nick was running through Congress - other Marines helped me come to know these amazing people. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Amazon Customer
Good book. I get angry for them when dealing with the system. He is truly a good man and his wife is to be praised for also dealing with what happens.Published 20 months ago by brandy11