With The Old Breed

The HBO Series The Pacific, based on E. B. Sledge’s book With The Old Breed, was very educational and I enjoyed the stories and lessons. After watching it, I purchased the book right away. With The Old Breed, one Marine’s detailed story about fighting the Japanese at Peleliu and Okinawa during World War Two. “Sledgehammer” … Read more

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The Making of a Navy SEAL by Brandon Webb

The Making of a Navy SEAL: My Story of Surviving the Toughest Challenge and Training the Best Hardcover – August 25, 2015 by Brandon Webb (Author), John David Mann (Author), Marcus Luttrell (Foreword) Brandon Webb is a former U.S. Navy SEAL; his last assignment with the SEALs was Course Manager for the elite SEAL Sniper … Read more

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The Navy SEAL Art of War

Successful military leaders who transition into business like gangbusters, have a wealth of knowledge to pass on to the aspiring and even experienced business leader. “The Navy SEAL Art Of War” by Navy SEAL Chief Petty Officer (Ret.), Rob Roy is full of what I call “gold nuggets”; proven modi operandi and wisdom to supplement … Read more

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The Lieutenant Don’t Know

In “The Lieutenant Don’t Know“, Marine Lt. Jeff Clement of Combat Logistics Battalion 6, provides a gripping and descriptive view into navigating the hostile and challenging terrain of North Helmand Province in Afghanistan where the supply routes between the main base Camp Leatherneck, and the various remote outposts are described by Jeff as either ‘bad’ … Read more

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“Backbone” USMC Leadership Traits – JJDIDTIEBUCKLE

by Cpl. Beddoe, 2013 JJDIDTIEBUCKLE is an acronym used by Marines representing their 14 leadership traits. Justice, Judgment, Dependability, Initiative, Decisiveness, Tact, Integrity, Endurance, Bearing, Unselfishness, Courage, Knowledge, Loyalty,& Enthusiasm. BACKBONE is a fantastic book (Julia Dye, Ph.D., 2011) about those leadership traits and includes fitting stories of iconic Leathernecks and others who signified those … Read more

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The Hypocrite

Is religion a blueprint for faith and ethical living or a means to manipulate and control? Author Ron Winter’s just released novel The Hypocrite, seeks answers – and may well provide some – to these age old questions. In The Hypocrite Winter sets a self-described evangelist against a Marine veteran of the War on Terror … Read more

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Old Jarhead Poems

I recently read “Old Jarhead Poems – The Heart of a Marine” by Robert A. Hall. In all my years of reading Marine Corps literature, never I have come across such a meaningful and reflective book of Marine poems. One or two I recognized from past editions of Leatherneck Magazine but most of the poems … Read more

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1776 by David McCullough

Are you looking for your next book to read?  I recently finished “1776” and I will say you can’t find a more educational and motivational book to pick up for your summer reading. Cpl. Beddoe recommends 1776! David McCullough’s book “1776” is a well-written story about the year 1776 and America’s rebels, led by George … Read more

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The Art of War – Sun Tzu

by Cpl. Beddoe “The Art of War” is a book about strategy, opportunities, patience, planning, positioning, and winning by all means, specifically in war. There is much material about Sun Tzu’s “Art of War”. I will try to restrict my writing to that which is associated with our text and perhaps compliments our overall learning … Read more

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