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Once A Raider...: US Marine Raiders in WW2 & One Raider's Experience Paperback – December 30, 2011
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About the Author
Dan Marsh served as a Marine in WW2 as a Raider and later a member of the 4th Marines. He was recalled and fought in Korea as a member of the 1st Marine Division at the Chosin Reservoir & other campaigns. He married Florence, the love of his life, had 3 kids & 3 Grand kids and died in 2008
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This continues with his account of Guam and Okinawa. For these battles the raider battalions were re-designated the 4th Marine Regt, to replace the unit lost in The Phillippines. The 4th was part of the Marine Provisional Bde on Guam, which was then used to create the 6th Marine Division for Okinawa. Marsh served through these campaigns as part of K Company, 3rd Battalion. While there are again a few things about training and command he continues to essentially retell the story of the battle through battalion and company moves. He touches briefly on serving a machine gun during the major Japanese counter-attack on Guam but it is about his only combat story. He does not write at all of his service in Korea with the 1st Marine Division.
I have to say I was disappointed with this book. Basically, it is a general recount of the actions his unit served in. I had expected a personal account. Writing of combat is often difficult and this seems to have been especially the case for Marsh. Indeed, there is one awful event he writes of, noting that he ‘never let his shield down again’. This seems to point to an ongoing reluctance to remember the horror. Fair enough too but he served in some actions that are poorly documented. So anything he could’ve added would have been valuable. To conclude the book, Marsh’s son has some chapters on his and his mothers perspectives of Dan. Otherwise, of limited interest.