This is the stuff that legends are made of
by ryefish on June 2, 2007In “Lions of Medina,” Doyle Glass has produced one of the best, most well written, solid pieces of Marine Corps history of our time.
Glass’ book rivals the gripping accounts of military events that come alone only once or twice in a generation. “Lions of Medina” can proudly take its place among the best that history has provided, adding a masterwork of the Vietnam experience to the annals USMC and military literature at-large.
The engagement and events that occurred in the Medina Operation has for too long gone unheralded in even wide military and historical circles. Were it fiction, it would not be believable enough to be published.
Glass identifies the key players, tells their story, reveals their thoughts and those of their families and follows their anticlimactic attempts to return home to a nation less honorable than the one they left.
The story in “Lions of Medina,” should serve to inspire new Marines as they make their own place in history, and remind all Americans of those shameful citizens who were allowed to target their hatred of the government on those men least in a position to create or change policy. Glass closes the book with a brief bio on the survivors, this is all to telling of the fact that heroes do indeed walk amongst us everyday.
The Marine Corps itself would be well served to add to its own hymn, a stanza or two that tells of the men of Medina. They shall exist in the realm of the men who treaded the black beaches of Iwo Jima; who stained the coral sands of Wake Island with their blood; who endured the horrors of Belleau Woods.
Far better a book than I could have hoped.
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