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A Sniper in the Arizona: 2nd Battalion, 5th Marines in the Arizona Territory, 1967

A Sniper in the Arizona: 2nd Battalion, 5th Marines in the Arizona Territory, 1967 [Kindle Edition]

John Culbertson
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"Morning was always a welcome sight to us.  It meant two things. The first was that we were still alive. . . ."

In 1967, death was the constant companion of the Marines of Hotel Company, 2/5, as they patrolled the paddy dikes, mud, and mountains of the Arizona Territory southwest of Da Nang. But John Culbertson and most of the rest of Hotel Company were the same lean, fighting Marines who had survived the carnage of Operation Tuscaloosa. Hotel's grunts walked over the enemy, not around him.

In graphic terms, John Culbertson describes the daily, dangerous life of a soldier fighting in a country where the enemy was frequently indistinguishable from the allies, fought tenaciously, and thought nothing of using civilians as a shield. Though he was one of the top marksmen in 1st Marine Division Sniper School in Da Nang in March 1967--a class of just eighteen, chosen from the division's twenty thousand Marines--Culbertson knew that against the VC and the NVA, good training and experience could carry you just so far. But his company's mission was to find and engage the enemy, whatever the price. This riveting, bloody first-person account offers a stark testimony to the stuff U.S. Marines are made of.

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Sniper is an actual series of Marine infantry tactics.
I have illustrated the time honored heroism of my 5th Marine comrades who fought with me around An Hoa. The combat incidents are real and hopefully show correct tactical operations against a savvy and battle tested enemy.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1298 KB
  • Print Length: 297 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0804118701
  • Publisher: Presidio Press; 1st edition (30 Dec 2008)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B001OERNO2
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #200,574 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This book really amazed me. It is scary and sad to realize what these children lived like during the Vietnam War and the killing monsters that they were forced to become. To me this book was like watching a movie. I could see, smell and hear what it must of been like to live in that hell. I wish this war had never happened now more than ever. This writer made me stop and think about the true evil of this war, and all wars for that matter. The way that this writer used the English langauge to create his personal experiances is what makes this book great. This is not some quasi-illiterate soldier writing about killing the enemy but an obviuosly trained writer describing all that is true for soldiers across the span of time. I would like to read more books by this man if they exist.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars disappointing but typically gung ho american 29 Sep 2003
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I have had an interest in the Vietnam war for many years and thought that this book would be interesting. Instead I found it to be very "American" with the US Marines being able to walk on water and other services and arms of the forces dismissed out of hand. I actually gave up on the book for a while after reading one too many "USMC is the best in the world" and "We never get the decent equipment that the Army got". I have to say that the author is someone that I would not like to meet in a dark alley, not because he is a "life taker and a heart breaker" but because his whining and moaning and gung-ho nonsence would make me want to take my own life within twenty minutes.
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3.0 out of 5 stars The story of a Marine rifleman in Vietnam in 1967. 17 April 1999
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John J. Culbertson was a U.S. Marine rifleman in Vietnam in 1967. He served with Company H, 2d Battalion, 5th Marines in the An Hoa Basin. This area about 20 miles southwest of DaNang was called 'The Arizona Territory," hense the title of the book. The narrative begins in the aftermath of Operation Tuscaloosa (which is detailed in Mr. Culbertson's companion volume by that name) and traces his experiences while defending Nong Son Mountain, attending Sniper School, and patrolling the 'bad bush' around An Hoa; he also pays tribute to Capt J.A. Graham who was awarded a posthumous Medal of Honor for Operation Union II. The book is filled with technical detail and tactical tips, including the sorry tale of the introduction of the M16 rifle which is told by a weapons expert whose life was threatened by that ill-fated decision. Unfortunately, the book's tone is like a clinical analysis rather than a compelling read. The major defects, however, were in the area of graphic arts. The lack of a large scale map of the An Hoa Basin is a significant drawback. Had I not served with the 5th Marines at An Hoa, I would have been bewildered trying to keep place names and relative locations straight. The photographs were poorly chosen and often did not relate to the text. Pictures or techinical drawings of the weapons decribed would have helped the lay reader, as would a glossary of terms and abbreviations. I recommend the book to any one interested in Vietnam, anyone who served in that area, those currently in the military, or anyone who is concerned about the current crisis in Kosovo. It is good view of what war is like close up, at the grunt's eye view. [Anyone interested in a large scale map of the An Hoa Basin can contact me via E-mail.]
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good book--Title MISLEADING 18 July 1999
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This is a very good book about the day to day life of a combat Marine in Vietnam, but there was very little information about sniping. I study Snipers and bought the book thinking thats what it would be about, it was not. The reason I only gave it 4 stars is because of the misleading title. If you want a good read on the daily grind and horror of war this is good book to read. Mr.Culbertson tells his story of getting into the Marines and being trained as a Sniper and that is really all he relates that is Sniper connected. The rest of the book is about running patrols in the Arizona Territory and he does a fantastic job of putting that on paper.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Sniper Training: Vietnam, 1967. 19 May 1999
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John Culbertson continues his story of life in the Arizona Territory that began in his first book, Operation Tuscaloosa. In the sequel, A Sniper in the Arizona, Culbertson traces events following Operation Tuscaloosa that led him to attending Sniper School in DaNang and putting to use his training in the area of operation around An Hoa. The story is interesting, but alas, not as compelling as the author's first book. I missed the Glossary that the first book contained. And, although tribute is paid in the Appendix to CPT J.A. Graham, who was awarded a posthumous Medal of Honor, the man's contribution to the story was scant at best. All in all, however, A Sniper in the Arizona is worth reading as an informative sequel about events in I Corps in 1967. Of particular note are the author's comments about the introduction of the M-16. These reflect the "horror stories" we heard about the weapon, but were fortunate enough not to experience 2 years later when I was issued an M-16A1 model. Thanks John, for another fine read!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Real live combat as told by one who was there. 28 April 1999
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Sniper in the Arizona Tells you how it really was over in Viet Nam. It Tells of the new untested M16 that was not combat ready. The new Mattel Toy That was to change the war. Courage of Deadly young Marines with Plastic guns.The M14 was a proven reliable weapon That stood the test of time. That would work in the mud and muck and the heat of battle. John's training as a sniper was of particularly iteretesting. How they formed these Young men into deadly crack shots.It show what A Marine can do with a good weapon in hand. This story is of the grunts of H2/5 who fought the battles of the Arizona with courage and honor.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
OK non-fiction
Published 4 months ago by DAVID HOCKEY
2.0 out of 5 stars Impossibly dull non-sniping in the Nam
Although he trains as a sniper, the author's single use of a sniper rifle is in accidentally shooting a group of Vietnamese prisoners of war. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Blanch Fontaine
4.0 out of 5 stars sniper
really enjoyed the book would recommend it to anyone those boys must have gone through hell and back out there
Published 8 months ago by rees.d9
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good book
This in my opinion is a very good account of what life must have been like in the marines in Vietnam,really worth a read.
Published 21 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars US Marine Corps soldiers in Vietnam
I bought John Culbertson's "13 Cent Killers" (the cost of a rifle bullet) and so enjoyed that read that I immediately went onto Amazon to track down his first two, of which "A... Read more
Published on 10 Sep 2009 by Mr. David Maclean
This portrayal of the most decorated combat regiment in the Marine Corp, the Fifth Marines, has more tactical tips and marksmanship insight than any military book on the market. Read more
Published on 5 Sep 1999
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must-Read for anyone interested in Vietnam Soldiers
I don't read many war novels. But I did read this one. And it was great. The first hand accounts of combat were riveting. Read more
Published on 23 July 1999
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