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One of the Few, The Proud, The Marines
by Thomas Hitchcock
This book, One of the Few, The Proud, The Marines, follows my life from birth to my retirement after twenty-four years in the Marine Corps. This book, however, is not about my life.
The objective of this book is to show you, the reader, what is takes, what you must do, and what you go through to become a professional Marine.
Out of the thousands of men who enter the Marine Corps each year, only a few deserve the right to be called a professional Marine. Some make a career of the Corps and even stay in long enough to retire, but they never reach their goal of being a professional.
I believe I deserve that right. You be the judge.
About the Author
I have written five books. This is the first one to make it to a publisher. I had very little education. My parents died when I was very young. I had to quit school and go to work in order to live.
I joined the United States Marine Corps in 1951. I was in the Korean and Vietnam wars. I have three Purple Heart Medals, a Bronze Star Medal with Combat “V,” and twenty-one other medals and ribbons.
I am seventy-seven years old and can still wear my dress blues uniform, as you can see in my photos.
I retired from the Corps in 1975, and I live in the Missouri Ozarks. I still play the guitar and sing and clubs and parties from time to time.
(2010, paperback, 252 pages)