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by James J. Kirschke


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Marine patriotism abounds in this story and whatever your view on war, Vietnam, politics etc the overwhelming patriotism these men displayed is second to none.

Only 2 left in stock (more on the way). Marine patriotism abounds in this story and whatever your view on war, Vietnam, politics etc the overwhelming patriotism these men displayed is second to none. Their "get it done" attitude is untouchable as is their camaraderie. Not Going home alone" comes from a marine law that states that dead marines do not make the journey home alone. A serving marine always accompanies the coffins. Again, the kinship of the brotherhood goes far beyond physical death.

Kirschke, James J. Publication date. New York : Ballantine Books. inlibrary; printdisabled; ; china. Leave-taking - Training - 3d Battalion, 5th Marines : special landing force and in-country - 2d Battalion, 5th Marines : Operation Prairie - 2d Battalion, 5th Marines : An Hoa - Clark Air Force Base - Going home.

James J. Kirschke’s mortar platoon and then rifle platoon knew the stakes: the Marines are America’s military elite, expected to train harder, fight longer, sacrifice more

James J. Kirschke’s mortar platoon and then rifle platoon knew the stakes: the Marines are America’s military elite, expected to train harder, fight longer, sacrifice more. Kirschke led by example in the hotly contested zone just south of the DMZ and in the dangerous AnHoa region southwest of DaNang. There Kirschke’s units, with resources stretched to the limit, saw combat almost daily in some of the fiercest fighting of 1966. Sustained through the toughest firefights and bloodiest ambushes, the men’s morale proved a testament to Kirschke’s leadership and his dedication to what the .

Not Going Home Alone is the best example I have seen yet of the growing genre of Vietnam combat memoirs

Not Going Home Alone is the best example I have seen yet of the growing genre of Vietnam combat memoirs. Retired Marine Captain James J. Kirschke takes us through his tour in Vietnam with the 3d and 2nd Battalions, 5th Marines, sadly cut short by his grievous wounding in the An Hoa Valley. Kirschke goes beyond combat descriptions (although he provides plenty) and presents all the things that a platoon commander in combat has to think about and do. For anyone considering becoming a Marine or Army officer, especially as a grunt, this is a fine introduction to what one should be able to do.

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Not Going Home Alone. All the members of 1st Lt. James J. Kirschke’s mortar platoon and then rifle platoon knew the stakes: the Marines are America’s military elite, expected to train harder, fight longer, sacrifice more

Not Going Home Alone.

James Kirschke was born in Norfolk but grew up in South Philadelphia, United States. He earned his bachelors degree from LaSalle College, and his masters and P. degrees in English at Temple University. He is currently an English professor at Villanova University

James Kirschke was born in Norfolk but grew up in South Philadelphia, United States. He is currently an English professor at Villanova University. In Vietnam during 1966 and 1967, James Kirschke was commander of the mortar platoon of 3d Battalion, 5th Marines, and of a rifle platoon in Hotel Company, 3d Battalion, 5th Marines. He was medically retired in 1968.

The Marines’ legend and reputation are based on the blood, courage, and discipline of warriors like Jim Kirschke

James J. The Marines’ legend and reputation are based on the blood, courage, and discipline of warriors like Jim Kirschke. Sparing no one, he has written a powerful chronicle of the deadly war his Marines fought with valor.

Experience the pain, the pride, and the triumph of the Marine CorpsAll the members of 1st Lt. James J. Kirschke’s mortar platoon and then rifle platoon knew the stakes: the Marines are America’s military elite, expected to train harder, fight longer, sacrifice more. Kirschke led by example in the hotly contested zone just south of the DMZ and in the dangerous AnHoa region southwest of DaNang. There Kirschke’s units, with resources stretched to the limit, saw combat almost daily in some of the fiercest fighting of 1966.Sustained through the toughest firefights and bloodiest ambushes, the men’s morale proved a testament to Kirschke’s leadership and his dedication to what the U.S. Marines stand for. Those beliefs, and the faith of his men, in turn helped Kirschke through his long recovery after he was wounded by the triple explosion of a box mine rigged to an anti-tank rocket round and a frag grenade.The Marines’ legend and reputation are based on the blood, courage, and discipline of warriors like Jim Kirschke. Sparing no one, he has written a powerful chronicle of the deadly war his Marines fought with valor.
Yalone
I've read a number of books based on soldier's experiences in Vietnam. Taking politics and cold war rhetoric out of the story you are left with the men on the ground.

Marine patriotism abounds in this story and whatever your view on war, Vietnam, politics etc the overwhelming patriotism these men displayed is second to none. Their "get it done" attitude is untouchable as is their camaraderie.

"Not Going home alone" comes from a marine law that states that dead marines do not make the journey home alone. A serving marine always accompanies the coffins. Again, the kinship of the brotherhood goes far beyond physical death.

More than once I got a little teary as Kirschke tells his story. The conditions were often brutal, the missions endless and the demands put on the guys sometimes incomprehensible in their breadth.

There are a lot of words on all the pages with few grammatical breaks. Somehow it can be viewed as a brain dump as if the author is somehow healing by spewing the words out of himself.

I enjoyed the book but I had to put it down a little more often than I would have liked due to the structure.

Each one of those who served over there has a story worthy of telling and, more importantly, worthy of honoring by reading.

I recommend this book.
Nightscar
A Vietnam memoir that doesn't offer the usual (and by now, cliched) anti-heroism so common in the literature of that war. Kirschke takes us through the grueling, hard work of combat while reflecting on the war's profound cruelties and sometimes surprising affirmations. From his departure from South Philadelphia in 1964 to begin active duty with the U.S. Marine Corps to the start of his long recovery from grievous wounds in 1967, Kirschke, with poignancy and grit, admits the reader into the world of a Marine officer who must ready his troops and then lead them through the impossible job of combat.
Gerceytone
I went to High School with Leland Emanuel (Mac) Hammond (the dead Marine being carried on the cover) and my best friend in HS was assigned Mac's unit 2 years later; H-2-5. This book is a good narrative written, by the platoon commander in 1967, of operations that the platoon was involved in and, important to me, Operation Prairie that cost my friend his life. It's a good read for anyone who served there or wants and idea of what it was like over there. I served there too.
Banal
The title of this review is the highest compliment an officer can receive from another Marine. I would have been proud to have served with Lieutnant Kirschke in Vietnam. We were there at the same time, but in different units. This book is the truth. This book is written by a man who walked the walk. This book should be required reading at the Naval Academy, at Marine Corps OCS, and the Basic School at Quantico. The success of an officer in the Corps depends on whether he accomplishes the mission and that his men respect him while doing it. Mister Kirschke not only did the job, but won the love and respect of his Marines. Semper Fidelis, sir!
generation of new
Received the book promptly, and " as described".
Swiang
Kirschke is a patriot and an officer who paid the ultimate sacrifice for his action in the Vietnam War. He stepped on a mine and his legs were blown off.

I think this is a realistic portrayal of war. Kirschke paid his dues to his country and then some. His portrayal of himself is somewhat of a concern. He keeps his platoon on extra exercises and patrols to toughen them up. He tells us that his platoon loves him, because he risks himself as much as his men. He must have been an exceptional officer in the Vietnam War. Perhaps he served at a time when the war was still young (1966-67) when this was the norm. Later accounts of the war show a more guarded officer group risking less in VC and NVA encounters.

I have read many accounts of the war, and I think this is an average read, compared to the others. Since the author is a English Lit Professor, there are few issues with the text of the book-it flows well, and is well documented. The author lived (and lives) the war through his injury.
Memuro
great read and I highly recommend it
Jim's battle preparation and execution are well described. The book includes his thoughts, the battle conditions, the impact on Vietnamese civilians, and even his letters to his mother. It could serve as a primer on leadership for all warriors. He humbly describes his leadership mistakes as well as his successes. Also described are his personal injuries, their treatment, and how they impacted his life. Dr. Kirschke avoids political opinions about the war; however, readers become well aware of its folly.
Not Going Home Alone: A Marine's Story ebook
Author:
James J. Kirschke
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Ballantine Books; 1st edition (August 7, 2001)
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