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Perish Island: One mans story of the Vietnam Era brutal training that almost destroyed the Marine Corps John Penzer

Perish Island: One mans story of the Vietnam Era brutal training that almost destroyed the Marine Corps

John Penzer

Published June 11th 2014
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Kindle Edition
218 pages
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Perish Island is a searing chronicle of recruit training under the blazing hot South Carolina sun in the summer of 1969. Our country was at the height of the Vietnam War. We battled with ourselves internally - father against son - recruit againstMorePerish Island is a searing chronicle of recruit training under the blazing hot South Carolina sun in the summer of 1969. Our country was at the height of the Vietnam War. We battled with ourselves internally - father against son - recruit against drill instructor.Unlike other books on the subject, Perish Island delves into the history of the Parris Island Recruit Training Depot, from its days as a naval prison through 1969. It recounts deaths that occurred while the author was in training and at other times.Fighting men died in Vietnam but men also died on our soil because of the nightmarish training at Parris Island. This book, uniquely, goes into the why behind the senseless deaths.There is a great sadness about some of the books characters and they will remain in the readers memory. It is their story but also graphically depicted are the drill instructors who abused them and sometimes cost them their lives.The savagery nearly destroyed the Marine Corps. In Perish Island, the author revisits the vivid memories of his training experience.