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Combat Corpsman (The Al Anbar Chronicles: First Marine Expeditionary Force--Iraq Book 2) [Kindle Edition]

Jonathan P. Brazee

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Zachary Cannon joined the Navy to get trained as a radiology tech, a skill he could use to get a job and support his family after his enlistment. But the needs of the Navy take priority, and much to his surprise, he was given orders to the Fleet Marine Force as a corpsman to an infantry battalion deploying to Iraq.

As part of a rifle squad in Ramadi, Zach joins the Marines on patrol, in assaults, and on security duty, facing the same dangers and hardships. Ramadi is a hotbed of insurgent activity in 2006, and Zach’s medical skills are put to the test as he witnesses death and injuries. Faced with snipers, full insurgent attacks, IEDs, rockets and mortars, and the never-ending heat, he cannot be a simple observer, there to treat his Marines. Navy or not, he quickly realizes that he is expected to be a full member of his squad, a combat corpsman.

Combat Corpsman is Book 2 of The Al Anbar Chronicles: First Marine Expeditionary Force—Iraq. However, it can be read as a stand-alone book in its own right.

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About the Author

Jonathan Brazee graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy and served 30 years in the Marines as a commander of infantry, recon, MSSG, and air delivery units as well as in various staff billets. He served with the 3d CAG as the military liaison to USAID in Iraq in 2006 and retired as a colonel in 2009. He is a life member of the Disabled American Veterans, the Veterans of Foreign Wars, and the U. S. Naval Academy Alumni Association.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2299 KB
  • Print Length: 164 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Semper Fi Press (11 Aug. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00EHA0XR4
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I am a retired US Marine colonel now living and working in Thailand. I was born in Oakland, CA, but have lived throughout the US and the world, and have traveled to over 100 countries.

My undergraduate degree was earned at the U. S. Naval Academy (Class of 1979), and I have attended graduate school at U. S. International University and the University of California, San Diego, earning a masters and doctorate.

I have rather eclectic tastes. I have won awards in photography, cooking, and several sports, earning national championships in rugby and equestrian events. I love reading, writing, exercise, cooking, travel, and photography.

I published my first work back in 1978, a so-so short story titled "Secession." Since then, I have been published in newspapers, magazines, and in book format in fiction, political science, business, military, sports, race relations, and personal relations fields.

I write because I love it. I only hope that others might read my work and get a bit of enjoyment or useful information out of my efforts.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Learn to take lives to save lives 28 Oct. 2013
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"Combat Corpsman" is an outstanding book for the readers who want to learn how a new corpsman became a combat corpsman. Initially, the corpsman learned to live with tough guys who smell, swear and curse. Eventually, he learned to take lives in order to save lives and became a full member of the Fleet Marine Force.
The book is very well written. It includes vivid descriptions of the corpsman's thoughts and feelings, and Iraq combat scenes. From the pages, I can hear the rockets and mortars. I can see and smell the bloody bodies every a few pages. I can feel the sadness of loss of lives. At the end, Col Brazee presents the memorial service in the last chapter with such details that made my eyes tearing up.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tells it how it is 16 April 2014
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I think that this book is well written and shows what a corpsman actually does during a deployment with the Marines. I depicts the relationship between the Marines and the corpsman as it develops. Navy corpsmen are a dedicated and needed component of any Marine unit, especially the combat arms element.

As a Marine veteran with numerous tours in Vietnam, I know what a corpsman means to the Marines he treats, works with, lives with, and in some cases sadly, dies with.

This book is highly recommended to anyone that wishes to see what a corpsman has to deal with in a combat situation.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Quick Read 5 Jun. 2014
By John adams - Published on
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Perhaps I didn't read closely enough, but for some reason this was listed in with other non-fiction titles when I bought it. It is a work of fiction, and believable, but the characters are fleshed out enough for the reader to find any real attachment to them as people. Good exposition of the role of Navy Corpsmen who serve with the Marines and the trials they face on a daily basis.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good Read... 19 Jan. 2014
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I enjoyed the book. I am a Paramedic that served in Afghanistan as a civilian, and my son is a FMF Corpsman that served in Iraq and is now a Paramedic and an Infantry Officer in the NG. I especially enjoyed the reference to the "Hospitalers" and their history as healing warriors. Good read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars What it's like to be a 'Doc' with the Grunts 12 Dec. 2013
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This is an excellant account of what it is like to be a Navy Corpsman with the Marines. Well written and an interesting story line. I reccomend this book to any one who is interested in mitary fiction
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