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BOOK REVIEW: LIONS OF MEDINA
BY DOYLE D. GLASS

We hope you enjoy this book review by Allen Hott.



An interesting look at a company of Marines as they prepare and then launch Operation Medina in Viet Nam in October 1967. Charlie Company, 1st Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, and 1st Marine Division is followed as the company is being put together by the infusion of new Marines from stateside. It is a somewhat typical group of young men who make up Charlie Company and the book tells a little of the background of the key characters. The characters are real and the story is a true remembrance of the time building up to Operation Medina.

It is hard to imagine exactly what happens during a full-scale operation but this book does a great job of recreating the actions of individuals and how they reacted to the stresses of true warfare.

The battle itself actually only lasted for a period of hours (actually like a night and a part of a day) but to those who participated it was a lifetime. And for some it was truly a lifetime because 11 were killed and another 76 others suffered wounds of all types. The bravery shown by those who died and those who lived was beyond belief.

A marine who basically was trained to be a combat photographer and journalist gave his life by diving on a concussion grenade that was thrown into the area where he and other Marines were situated. Why did he do? Perhaps no one knows for sure but all former Marines will tell you that it was the way they are trained. To be a true Marine you must believe that you are part of an organization and everything must be done to preserve that organization.

What happens to these American patriots as they move beyond the battle is the rest of the story. Some are so badly wounded that they cannot stay in the Corps so they have to leave. Some stay on and some get out to go back to the states for the next episode in their lives.

Many of their stories and their familiesí stories make up the final episodes of the story. And it is interesting to see just how they are all in more ways than one affected by this great battle. But they all performed as could be expected of Marines and they were in fact the Lions of Medina.

Mr. Glass has documented a classic battle and done it very well. You can almost feel the concussion of the grenades, hear the whine of the bullets, and hear the bantering by the enemy soldiers as they come closer and closer. Not an easy read for the faint of heart but a great read if you love history and the Marines!

REVIEWED BY ALLEN HOTT

DO NOT REPRINT WITHOUT PERMISSION OF THE REVIEWER, ALLEN HOTT


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