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A Giant of a Book,
This review is from: The Gift of Valor: A War Story (Hardcover)
Do not let this book's spare 241 pages deceive you. It is a beautifully written, at times raw, elegant telling of one war story from Iraq; a story that should leave you emotionally drained, yet also comforted when you finally put it down.
Throughout the story, a central tenet of the United States Marine Corps, "No Marine left behind", is shown to be true.
From his training through deployment, to battle and injury and medical evacuation leading home to his final resting place, Corporal Jason L. Dunham, USMC and his family were accompanied by, comforted by and protected by his fellow Marines. To a Marine parent, the knowledge that one's child will never be left alone is as reassuring as anything could be under those circumstances.
Mr. Phillips, in my opinion, has equalled Dr. Ronald Glasser's 1971 Vietnam classic "365 Days". His vivid descriptions of battle, medical care, family support and humor left me misty-eyed many times. Well worth reading and passing on to others.
Favorite line (pg. 110)-
Miller assured Ferguson that he was O.K. but added, "My mom is going to be ....ing pissed."