Hard Corps - A great story

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    In all the furor over John Kerry's so-called "botched joke" (that repeated an assertion he's made his whole political career) about how those who don't study in school will get "stuck in Iraq," something was lost in the shuffle.

    While conservatives rightly jumped on the chance to point out that this generally accepted liberal cliché shows how little the Left understands the American fighting force—and, indeed the contempt they not only hold for the military, but for the very idea of serving—another point was left unmade: Namely, that for a certain kind of troubled youth, the United States Armed Forces are just the thing. It was once common for a judge to direct someone to join the Marines to avoid jail, a bit of creative sentencing that would make leftists in this day and age reel in horror.

    Hard Corps: From Gangster to Marine Hero
    , a new memoir by Marco Martinez, the first Latino to be awarded the Navy Cross since World War II, proudly reminds us of one basic fact: The Marine Corps will make a man out of you.

    Martinez is himself the case in point. A gang member heading for an early grave—despite solid parents, including a father who was a retired Army Ranger—Marco turned his life around, not with the help of a gang intervention social worker, but under the guidance of that worst of all left-wing boogeymen: a Marine recruiting officer.

    Hard Corps is more than another fine combat memoir whose narrator's story has a unique twist. Martinez mounts a full-throated defense of the United States Marines and its culture. He takes on the media portrayal of America's fighting forces as victims in general, and the picture painted in the book and movie Jarhead in particular, and he pulls no punches.
    He also includes fair warning on the flylef of what's ahead for delicate sensibilities: "A Marine memoir without profanity is like a rifle without ammo. This book is locked and loaded."

    Here's a sample to give you a good idea of what to expect—and because this passage really makes me smile.

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    ROFLMAO. Seems to be the general consensus amongst most of the Marines I've ever talked with. I for one thought the movie was pretty entertaining, despite the over-the-top embellishments. The boot camp scenes in Full Metal Jacket will always be the standard bearer when it comes to depicting the Corps though.
     
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    I bought and read that book within a week. Not because it was short, but because it was simply a great story, told by a great man and role-model. I loved it, I recommend it.
     
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    I like this guy already.:badgrin:
     
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    You're not alone, obviously!

    http://www.nationalreview.com/script/printpage.p?ref=/comment/hall_schweizer200508290810.asp


     
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