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  • Author:
    Major Rick Spooner
  • ISBN:
    0932572448
  • ISBN13:
    978-0932572448
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  • Publisher:
    Phillips Publications; First edition (2004)
  • Pages:
    400 pages
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  • Rating:
    4.3
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Some were old line professionals but most were wartime warriors still in their teens. The names of the principals have been changed and some of the details of the stories. has been added to your Cart.

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Major Spooner autographed my book on 14 March 2005. I first met Major Rick Spooner in the summer of 1968 and I have truly enjoyed learning of his service in WWII in the Pacific, if only through the eyes of a quasi fictional group of Marines

Major Spooner autographed my book on 14 March 2005. This book is as telling and as important a read for any person interested in Military History as any other on the market today. I first met Major Rick Spooner in the summer of 1968 and I have truly enjoyed learning of his service in WWII in the Pacific, if only through the eyes of a quasi fictional group of Marines. Feb 04, 2011 Andy rated it it was amazing.

Rick Spooner at The Globe and Laurel, 2008. The Spirit of Semper Fidelis: Reflections from the Bottom of an Old Canteen Cup. Spooner has written two books, the first in 2004 being The Spirit of Semper Fidelis, a historical novel about the Pacific War which is actually a personal memoir. He wrote the book after a conversation with several Marine captains who were unaware that the Marine Corps had fought on Saipan during World War II. His second book, A Marine Anthology, was published in 2011 by Phillips Publications.

Spooner has written two books, the first in 2004 being "The Spirit of Semper Fidelis", a historical novel about the Pacific War which is actually . Williamstown, NJ: Phillips Publications.

Spooner has written two books, the first in 2004 being "The Spirit of Semper Fidelis", a historical novel about the Pacific War which is actually a personal memoir. His second book, "A Marine Anthology" was published in 2011 by Phillips Publications  .

by Major Rick Spooner. Some were old line professionals but most were wartime warriors still in their teens. The names of the principals have been changed and some of the details of the stories, having been partially obscured by time, are fictionalized.

Semper Fidelis", written in 1888 by John Philip Sousa (The March King), is regarded as the official march of the United States Marine Corps

Semper Fidelis", written in 1888 by John Philip Sousa (The March King), is regarded as the official march of the United States Marine Corps. This piece was one of two composed in response to a request from United States President Chester Arthur for a new piece to be associated with the United States President. The words Semper Fidelis are Latin for "Always Faithful. The names of the principals have been changed and some of the details of the stories, having been partially obscured by time, are fictionalized

Some were old line professionals but most were wartime warriors still in their teens. Today's Marines stand tall, and this volume will show how the seed of warfare, nurtured in a band of raggedy assed Marines, fighting across the white sands of hell in the Pacific, grew into a great oak. 400 pp, Photos. Library descriptions. No library descriptions found.

Major Spooner participated in several operations during the war, including . "The Spirit of Semper Fidelis Reflections from the Bottom of an Old Canteen Cup" by Major Rick Spooner.

Major Spooner participated in several operations during the war, including the Battle of Saipan, where he was briefly taken prisoner by the Imperial Japanese Army. He also fought in the Battle of Okinawa. After the war, he was promoted to Gunnery Sergeant and eventually commissioned as a Second Lieutenant. Spooner has written two books, the first in 2004 being "The Spirit of Semper Fidelis", a historical novel about the Pacific War which is actually a personal memoir. A Marine Anthology: In the Spirt of Semper Fidelis".

These are the war stories of a remarkable band of Marines who fought their way across the Pacific during WW II. Some were old line professionals but most were wartime warriors still in their teens. The names of the principals have been changed and some of the details of the stories, having been partially obscured by time, are fictionalized. Today's Marines stand tall, and this volume will show how the seed of warfare, nurtured in a band of raggedy assed Marines, fighting across the white sands of hell in the Pacific, grew into a great oak. 400 pp, Photos

Hugifyn
Have read several books about fighting in the Pacific during World War Two. Well, actually more that several, and there are at least fifteen of them sitting on my bookshelves right now. In part, that is driven by my father having fought on Guadalcanal. In another part it is driven by the fact that I spent 8 years of my Air Force life in Asian countries to include Japan and Okinawa. During those years, I met and served with quite a few Marines, many of them very memorable characters. Finally, my daughter is a Marine stationed on Okinawa right now. So, I certainly brought some `predisposition' to this book.

Up front, the author, a Marine, notes that these characters are composites of Marines he has known, but that their stories are real. The book centers on one unit's fighting, suffering and sacrifice in the battles for Saipan, Tinian, and Okinawa. It is the most realistic account of that fighting I have yet read. The characters that populate the book represent a very real cross section of America. They are all too human. But more than that, they are Marines. If you want to get a feeling for how brutal and unforgiving fighting was in the Pacific was, read this book. If you want to get a feeling for what these men endured, read this book. If you want to get a feeling for how desperately the Imperial Japanese Army fought, read this book. If you want to understand why President Truman had little choice but to use the atomic bomb, read this book.

Finally, if you want to understand why Eleanor Roosevelt said these words (shown as a Goodreads quotation) "The Marines I have seen around the world have the cleanest bodies, the filthiest minds, the highest morale, and the lowest morals of any group of animals I have ever seen. Thank God for the United States Marine Corps!" read this book.

I'll leave you with a snippet. To set the stage, "Chic" Yancey, a young, war weary, Marine with Dengue fever has escaped from Japanese soldiers and is picked up by American soldiers after almost being shot by same, and has been recovering in an Army hospital. An Army chaplain is speaking:

"Well, since you mentioned it, I thought I detected a bit of hostility in him when I referred to him as 'soldier'."

An Army doctor responds, "You know Father, it's kind of strange, but all our Marine patients seem to be a bit sensitive about that. It's almost as though being a Marine is like being a part of a religious order or a cult of some kind. I think they are all a little crazy."
Clandratha
IF YOUR A FORMER MARINE AND HAVE NOT BOTH BOUGHT AND READ MAJOR SPOONER'S THREE BOOKS, SHAME ON YOU, HOWEVER, GET OFF YOUR DUFF, AND GET YOUR COPIES, AND ENJOY SOME GREAT READING ...THANK ME LATER, JARHEADS!
-SEMPER FI
Gandree
This book should be on every Marine's bookshelf.
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Skiletus
The Globe & Laurel, near the gates of Quantico, is one of the best places on earth and I, like many, have enjoyed many good times there with Major Spooner and a host of distinguished warriors from every concievable modern conflict. Major Spooner is one of the finest Marine Corps historians alive and his passion for history is as contagious as his memory is keen. Throughout all of our visits, however, his own personal experiences have rarely come up. When he published his ever-so-slightly fictionalized memoir in the form of The Spirit of Semper Fidelis, the book went to the top of my reading list. It did not disappoint. This is a very personal memoir of combat and World War Two from one of the best Marines to ever wear the uniform. The characters take some time to develop but the experience is well worth it. This book puts the entire era into a very personal perspective and helps one to understand the entire Pacific campaign, as well as the kinds of men who made up the Corps then and now. Highly recommended.
Malak
Just finished this and book two
now on last ... all winners
Mahalo Nui Loa from Hawaii to author & helluva a Marine
Marine General Lejeune / luh jern would be proud of Gyrene Rick / Chic Yancy too.

Semper Fidelis & God bless all Leathernecks !

KEEP ATTACKING !!!

OOO RRAH !
ptb
This is not only a good read, but it is a great piece of Marine Corps history during WWII. Good job sir.
Semper Fi

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