I have a very special treat today. Patty Campbell is having a cover contest in honor of the print release of her book, Once a Marine.
Once a Marine is dedicated to every United States Marine, starting with my very distant cousin, First Lieutenant Presley Neville O’Bannon.
In 1805 Lt. O’Bannon led a detachment of seven marines and two navy midshipmen on a successful attack in the Battle of Derna, in Tripoli. The Barbary Pirates were routed and over a hundred American hostages were rescued. Lt. O’Bannon’s actions gave the Marine Hymn the words, “to the shores of Tripoli.” For his bravery he was awarded the first Mameluke sword, which is part of the dress uniform of U. S. Marines to this day.
“To err is human. To forgive is divine.”
Neither is Marine Corps policy.
“All men are created equal, then some become Marines.”
Once a Marine is currently available in eBook on Amazon and Barnes & Noble, as well as most other eReader sites.
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Come back this Thursday, when I speak with Patty. And, she’s bringing Rafael Cruz, from Once a Marine, with her.