By Johnnie M. Clark
From the interior Flap THIS GUT-WRENCHING FIRSTHAND ACCOUNT OF THE battle IS A vintage within the ANNALS OF VIETNAM LITERATURE.* * *"Guns up!" *was the conflict cry that despatched computer gunners racing ahead with their M60s to mow down the enemy, hoping that this wasn't the day they'd meet their deaths. Marine Johnnie Clark heard that the existence expectancy of a computing device gunner in Vietnam used to be seven to 10 seconds after a firefight begun. Johnnie was once simply eighteen while he acquired there, on the top of the bloody Tet Offensive at Hue, and he speedy discovered the bleak statistic held a chilling fact. The Marines who fought and bled and died have been usual males, many nonetheless youngsters, however the selfless bravery they confirmed daily in a nightmarish jungle conflict made them precise heroes. This new version of *Guns Up!*, choked with images and up-to-date information regarding these harrowing battles, additionally comprises the true names of those striking warriors and information in their lives after the conflict. The book's carrying on with luck is a tribute to the uncooked braveness and sacrifice of the us Marines. concerning the writer **Johnnie M. Clark** is a disabled veteran who lives along with his spouse and teenagers in St. Petersburg, Florida. After becoming a member of the Marine Corps at age seventeen, he served as a computer gunner with the well-known fifth Marine Regiment in 1968 and was once wounded thrice. He used to be provided the Silver big name for bravery. whereas recovering in Okinawa, Mr. Clark studied karate as a part of his rehabilitation application, and after his discharge, he taught martial arts on the college of South Florida. he's now a sixth Dan grasp of tae kwan do and operates a tae kwan do university in St. Petersburg. Clark is additionally the writer of *Semper Fidelis*,* The previous Corps*,* No larger technique to Die*, and the drawing close* Harlot's Cup*. he's the recipient of the Brig. Gen. Robert L. Denig Memorial unique carrier Award for writing.
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His mouth opened to speak, but the words weren’t forming very well. “Jackson! Where do you think you are, Marine! ” Jackson’s big smile was catching. Just looking at him made me grin too. “The guy who owned the store was dead anyway, Lieutenant. ” The lieutenant looked horrified. ” Jackson lifted his chin, revealing a vicious-looking green rubber snake with bloody teeth that clamped onto Jackson’s shirt like a clothespin. “Drop that garbage and saddle up. ” the Indian corporal asked. ” “To preserve the honor of the South Vietnamese we’re pulling out so they can mop up.
Yeah, man. I used to have more, but they drew too many flies. I saved this one to suck on. ” I laughed. ” He took his helmet off and unpinned the ear, then stuck it in his mouth and sucked on it like a lollipop. I don’t know what my face looked like, but my mouth had no response. Even Chan was left speechless. Sam led us down a narrow path for about two hundred meters when a driving rainstorm hit us with the monsoon fury we’d been told about. When we reached the squad, the men were relaxing in a muddy circle behind the remains of a cement wall and making no effort to stay dry.
It did look exciting, and I was completely out of things to write home about. So far, filling sandbags seemed like my most notable contribution to the war effort. Skate duty or not, it was boring slave labor as far as I was concerned. ” That was also the order for the next day and the day after that. Chan said I kept getting volunteered because I looked strong. I still had some of that stateside meat on me, and I did win the battalion push-up contest on Parris Island, but at five-foot-nine and one-hundred-sixty pounds, I didn’t feel like Hercules.
Guns Up! by Johnnie M. Clark