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With close proximity to ports at Wilmington and Morehead City, Lejeune was a logistical gem. When planners added the remote pine forests and miles of beach the value of Camp Lejeune as a home training base for Marines was unbeatable. Once a Marine, Always a Marine. I was that which others did not want to be.

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I went where others failed to go. And did what others failed to do.

I asked nothing from those who gave nothing. And reluctantly accepted the thought of.


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I have seen the Face of Terror,. Felt the stinging cold of Fear,.

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And enjoyed the sweet taste of a moments. Popaditch is immortalized forever as "The Cigar Marine. April 18, "Gunny Pop" comes home to face the toughest fight of his life-a battle to remain the man and Marine he was.

Readers in and out of the military will stand up and cheer for this valiant Marine's Marine, a man who embodies everything noble and proud in the Corps' long tradition. Never has modern mechanized combat seemed so immediate and real, or the fight in Iraq seemed so human and worth believing in. At first, Nick fights to get back to where he was in Iraq-in the cupola of an M1A1 main battle tank, leading Marines in combat at the point of the spear. As the seriousness and permanence of his disabilities become more evident, Nick fights to remain in the Corps in any capacity, to help the brothers in arms he so aches to rejoin.

Facing the inevitable following a medical retirement, he battles for rightful recognition and compensation for his permanent disabilities.

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Throughout his harrowing ordeal, Nick fights to maintain his honor and loyalty, waging all these battles the same way-the Marine way-because anything less would be a betrayal of all he holds dear. The real triumph in Once a Marine is its previously untold, behind-the-scenes tale of the day-to-day life of a career Marine noncommissioned staff officer. In most books and movies, a "Gunny" is little more than a cardboard character.

Nick's portrayal is a man complete: a husband and father, as well as a warrior and a molder of young warriors.

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He reveals himself completely, something no memoirist in his position has ever done before. My Marine Corps service was long ago — If you look at reports in the news these days, military personnel across the board are getting into plenty of trouble.

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Recent examples of terrible behavior include a discharged Marine, Ian David Long, who shot sixteen people in a November massacre in California at the Borderline Bar and Grill, this before killing himself. More recently, 16 Marines were arrested for allegedly smuggling people and drug-related offenses at Camp Pendleton on July 25, But still…. Other examples of military behavior gone south include a surge of sexual assaults in the ranks. A NYT article of May 2, reports that a Pentagon survey found higher rates of sexual assaults against women in the Marines than in any other armed forces.

There will always be bad behavior in the ranks, as there is in the larger society, but it must be minimized. They continue to be Honor, Courage, and Commitment. I know this from personal experience as they were drilled into me by our drill instructor, Sgt. Benedict and other staff and officer Marines more than sixty years ago.