The Proud Bastards : One Marine's Journey from Parris Island through the Hell of Vietnam
The Proud Bastards One Marine's Journey from Parris Island through the Hell of Vietnam Author:E. Michael Helms In 1967, a young E. Michael Helms boarded a bus to the legendary grounds of Parris Island, where mere boys were forged into hardened Marines -- and sent to the jungles of Vietnam. It was the first stop on a journey that would forever change him---and by its end, he would be awarded the Purple Heart Medal, Combat Action Ribbon, Presidential Unit ... more »Citation, Navy Unit Citation, and the Vietnam Cross of Gallantry.
From the brutality and endurance-straining ordeals of boot camp, to the endless horror of combat, Helms paints a vivid, unflinchingly realistic depiction of the lives of Marines in training and under fire. As powerful and compelling a battlefield memoir as any ever written, Helms's "grunt's-eye" view of the Vietnam War, the men who fought it, and the mindless chaos that surrounded it, is truly a modern military classic.« less
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The first fifty pages (Parris Island) will make any "former" roar with knowing laughter. The rest of the readers may suffer from jaw drop. The description of Vietnam is a very interesting and graphic story. Only someone who has been through it could write with such clarity.