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July 18, 2007

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A Helmet For My Pillow

It has come to my attention that some of you read books, which makes you part of a dying breed, and that many of you are interested in military history. That being so, you should be aware that this is the 50th anniversary of one of the greatest books to come out of World War II, and the greatest book ever written by a Marine.

It’s called “Helmet for My Pillow” and was written by Robert Leckie (1920-2001) who served as a machine gunner in the First Marine Division and survived the war to become a sports writer and historian. He wrote a lot of good books, but nothing like this one. It’s been reprinted, and is available on Amazon, whatever the hell that is.

If you are interested in the Korean War, Leckie did a short but memorable volume called “March to Glory,” about the Marines at the Chosin Reservoir in 1950. If this one does not have you pounding on your local Marine recruiter’s door, you are probably dead or overage.

And if you would like to see how very, very far we have come since 1957, read “Helmet” and Anthony Swofford’s book “Jarhead” (2003) back to back. You will be amazed, and probably suicidal.


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Clay Cooper

Hatchers Notebook

Very good reading!


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Dave Petzal

To CS: Nate Matthews

Gary Smith

Hey Guys, Don't forget to read " IN THE COMPANY OF HEROES' by Michael J. Durant, CWO4(ret.) Good arm chair reading....

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