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Through It All Paperback – December 4, 2001
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Even though he is in several significant battles, Farritor does not write in detail of being in combat. By the time he sees action he is commanding his own gun and there is some interesting material on operating the pieces in jungle conditions. There are certainly times where they are firing for all they are worth and they are certainly shot back at, but that's about it. Farritor's unit certainly suffers casualties and he sees his share of dead men, so it is not sanitized it's just that his role did not place him in contact with too many live enemies. Even so there is material of interest about all these campaigns.
There is more detail about the Korean component of his service. He is part of 1st Marine Provisional Bde and then 1st Marine Division. He was in Pusan, lands at Inchon and is part of the division's long retreat from the border in weather constantly below-freezing. For the bulk of this he has a motor depo role and his job is the evacuation of dead marines. There are some remarkable stories here. Some of the situations he encounters are just crazy.
Farritor's story is told through many small chapters. Indeed, much of it is in vignettes, repeated as if he had been telling the story to someone else. This was basically his intention with writing, to combine all the stories he told he friends and family into a volume. It must be said that Farritor is not shy about writing of his visits to brothels and other such escapades. These are not delivered in a saucy way but do convey the sort of life many professional soldiers led. There are also a heap of antidotes amongst others, about his time commanding the brig, stables and being on sea-duty. Indeed, he travelled widely. As a career marine he saw a lot of strange things, including ridiculous bureaucracy and inflated egos (don't get him started on MacArthur and the army!) Some of his stories are sad, others are hilarious but pretty much all of them are entertaining. This is a very open and informative account of life in the Marines. As a general read it is worth 3 ½ stars, though take a star off if it's combat stories you're chasing. See my list for where it sits against other WW2 marine accounts.
The battle for Guadacanel resulted is 2 medal of honor winners, multiple Navy Crosses and Silver Stars. It changed the course of the Pacific battle after Midway was the pathway to Iwo Jima and beyond. As a Former Marine, I appreciate the contributions of people like John Farritor and hope you will purchase his book. This will help him continue to support himself and meet with the members of the Chosen Few (Chosin Reservoir survivors) and walk in the 4th of July Parade. A very special man I am proud to call my friend.
His career spans two decades of history including watching the only flight of the famous Spruce Goose by Howard Hughes. He finally retired in 1961 after a life long adventure and love affair with the Corps. His book is about his own life but it also gives you glimpses of what it was like for others in his own generation.
This is real history given in the first person. I strongly recommend that young people read this book so that they can understand the sacrifices that The Greatest Generation gave to ensure our freedom.
Despite writing about the living hell of war, this book is filled with humor and unforgettable characters, some honorable and some not-so-honorable. I had the privilege of meeting ex-marine John Farritor at a writers' conference in San Diego this past year. Although I was not concerned, he told me there were no four-letter words in his book, which was surprising coming from a marine, and true to his word, there were none. I would recommend this engrossing book to anyone, regardless of age or gender.