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American Commando: Evans Carlson, His WWII Marine Raiders, and America's First Special Forces Mission

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Before the Green Berets...Before the Navy SEALs...Before the Army Rangers...There was the Long Patrol." November 1942: in the hellish combat zone ... Show synopsis

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Garon D

Best book about Carlson's Raiders

by Garon D on Mar 22, 2012

Other authors have written about Evans Carlson and his WWII Raiders. But John Wukovits' book is by far the best, zeroing in on that one topic. I first learned about "American Commando" in researching the role of a local boy, John William "Bill" Studer, who was one of the select members of Carlson's Raider battalion. Wukovits mentions Studer by citing a couple of stanzas of a poem Studer wrote about the life of a guerilla on Gualdacanal during the "Long Patrol," a month enemy lines. It was Carlson's use of guerilla tactics at Makin Island and on Guadalcanal that set the precedent that led to formation of units like the Navy Seals. Wukovits covers his topic with a detailed and very readable account of the life and accomplishments of Evans Carlson.

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