A Sniper in the Arizona: 2nd Battalion, 5th Marines in the Arizona Territory, 1967

A Sniper in the Arizona nd Battalion th Marines in the Arizona Territory Morning was always a welcome sight to us It meant two things The first was that we were still alive In death was the constant companion of the Marines of Hotel Company as they patrolled th

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  • Title: A Sniper in the Arizona: 2nd Battalion, 5th Marines in the Arizona Territory, 1967
  • Author: John Culbertson
  • ISBN: 9780804118705
  • Page: 253
  • Format: Paperback
  • Morning was always a welcome sight to us It meant two things The first was that we were still alive In 1967, death was the constant companion of the Marines of Hotel Company, 2 5, as they patrolled the paddy dikes, mud, and mountains of the Arizona Territory southwest of Da Nang But John Culbertson and most of the rest of Hotel Company were the same lean, fight Morning was always a welcome sight to us It meant two things The first was that we were still alive In 1967, death was the constant companion of the Marines of Hotel Company, 2 5, as they patrolled the paddy dikes, mud, and mountains of the Arizona Territory southwest of Da Nang But John Culbertson and most of the rest of Hotel Company were the same lean, fighting Marines who had survived the carnage of Operation Tuscaloosa Hotel s grunts walked over the enemy, not around him In graphic terms, John Culbertson describes the daily, dangerous life of a soldier fighting in a country where the enemy was frequently indistinguishable from the allies, fought tenaciously, and thought nothing of using civilians as a shield Though he was one of the top marksmen in 1st Marine Division Sniper School in Da Nang in March 1967 a class of just eighteen, chosen from the division s twenty thousand Marines Culbertson knew that against the VC and the NVA, good training and experience could carry you just so far But his company s mission was to find and engage the enemy, whatever the price This riveting, bloody first person account offers a stark testimony to the stuff U.S Marines are made of.

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    1. This is an interesting account and a book that has, no doubt, historical value as a first-hand account of the Vietnam War. I have some personal interest, since I served with the U.S. Army in Vietnam during the same time that the events described in the book occurred. Though I must quickly admit that the closest I got to the area described was when our troop ship briefly docked in Da Nang to offload some Marine units arriving in-country.This book is something like a novel, in that conversations a [...]

    2. I was torn about this book. I thought it was a well written account of a portion of Culbertson's experience in Vietnam. However, the title is misleading. I went into this book expecting it to be about his sniping missions, but the majority of the book is about the day to day patrols done in Arizona territory. In fact, the only time he actually talks about his experience in sniping is a small portion in the book, where he attends sniper school. Overall I enjoyed to book, but was disappointed with [...]

    3. This book is a well-written account of a short period of Culbertson's deployment in Vietnam. I liked it, but the title is a bit misleading. He is an accomplished sniper, but there are few stories besides going to sniper school in country that relate to the practice. Mostly it's the day-to-day of patrols carrying his M-14 or M-16. Still, it's a great read and enlightening as to a Marine's view of being in Vietnam.

    4. This was a good Vietnam War book about a Marine who becomes a sniper in the area surrounding Da Nang in 1967. It offers excellent insight into the search and destroy style warfare that dominated the war at this point and also gives a unique first-person experience of the introduction of the M16 service rifle into combat with its many faults. Overall great book!

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