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A Sniper in the Arizona: 2nd Battalion, 5th Marines in the Arizona Territory, 1967 Mass Market Paperback – March 1, 1999
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In 1967, death was the constant companion of the Marines of Hotel Company, 2/5, as they patrolled the paddy dikes, mud, and mountains of the Arizona Territory southwest of Da Nang. But John Culbertson and most of the rest of Hotel Company were the same lean, fighting Marines who had survived the carnage of Operation Tuscaloosa. Hotel's grunts walked over the enemy, not around him.
In graphic terms, John Culbertson describes the daily, dangerous life of a soldier fighting in a country where the enemy was frequently indistinguishable from the allies, fought tenaciously, and thought nothing of using civilians as a shield. Though he was one of the top marksmen in 1st Marine Division Sniper School in Da Nang in March 1967--a class of just eighteen, chosen from the division's twenty thousand Marines--Culbertson knew that against the VC and the NVA, good training and experience could carry you just so far. But his company's mission was to find and engage the enemy, whatever the price. This riveting, bloody first-person account offers a stark testimony to the stuff U.S. Marines are made of.
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"A Sniper in the Arizona" is the companion volume to Culbertson's superb "Operation Tuscaloosa," in which he chronicles the tenacity and heroism of a few good men pinned down on a sandbar by relentless enemy fire. In "A Sniper" the author continues his gritty and spare narrative of Hotel Company as they take on the VC/NVA in hostile villages on a piece of deadly real estate west of Da Nang. I almost feel I've bonded with Culbertson, Lafly, Gedzyk, Burns, et al, and I've gone back to re-read "Operation Tuscaloosa."
This book keeps you reading. You hate to put it down. You can't wait to pick it up again. Gunny Mitchell's sniper course, Sgt. Wadley's wise leadership, Burns' obsession and breakdown, Lt. Pindel's love for his men all combine to offer a vivid picture of Marine Corps culture and esprit d'corps as it existed before Tet of 1968, when the media snatched defeat from the jaws of victory and began its campaign to demoralize the warriors in the field.
There is plenty of suspense and tension here, so I don't know how one of the reviewers reported that he was bored. Check it out: "All we heard was [sic] clicking insects and the cries of monkeys high in the jungled canopy. The NVA soldiers would be coming. Moving like army ants up our mountain, higher and higher, until I would blink and one would be standing over me with his bayonet poised at my throat; a smiling North Vietnamese killer that felt no pain, no mercy, no conscience.Read more ›
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The author did a great job of making you feel like you are there. Great detail from a grunt on the front lines. Definitely worth the read.....Published 1 month ago by Philip K. Gunning
This is a well written, first person account of one Marine's Vietnam experiences. John Culbertson did an outstanding job providing his personal experiences which he was also able... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Joe Benson
The author tells it like it was. You can't help but admire what these young men endured. The boredom, adrenaline highs, the heat and the loss of their youth. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Richard Edward Blazek
One hell of a true story, my heart always went out to the military that served in Vietnam . Theses soldiers gave their all for us to be free and it was a living nightmare fighting... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Marc Humes
Raw marine action in some of the most dangerous areas in the Vietnam war. If you like reading about marine infantry in Nam this book will keep you turning pages.Published 12 months ago by Kindle Customer
A very good to firsthand account of the actions actually experienced in Vietnam. A good description of what it was really like during that time.Published 13 months ago by cris sauer.
Very good picture of what Marines use sniper's for. It is well written and an interesting read. Describes life as Marines in a very dangerous part of I Corp Vietnam.Published 15 months ago by Chuck Cameron. - Marine Mustang PA