These memoirs of a retired Marine artillery officer are among the finest military autobiographies of the decade. A 1941 graduate of Annapolis, Parry served at Guadalcanal and Okinawa, commanded an artillery battalion at the Chosin Reservoir in Korea, and ended his career in a key position on General William Westmoreland's staff in Vietnam. Along the way he accumulated a wide variety of both professional and personal experiences, which he relates frankly, literately, and with a great many insights into problems ranging from military marriages to the strategic errors in Vietnam. A perceptive self-portrait of the best sort of professional soldier and a welcome profile of the U.S. Marines over a period of nearly two generations.
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Published January 1, 1989