Leatherneck Sea Stories: Recollections of Marines, Korea, and the Corps of the 1950s
Containing items of historical interest for military enthusiasts as well as bits of nostalgia that will appeal to general readers of Americana, Leatherneck Sea Stories is an informal collection of profiles of Marines and memories of serving in the Corps during and after the Korean conflict of the 1950s, all culled straight from the heartfelt experiences of the author.
Dave Easton’s Leatherneck Sea Stories is a damn good read. The book is not told in a flamboyant or dynamic style. These are his stories and told in, I suspect, a style much like the man. I get the picture that Dave Easton was a Marine’s Marine. Normally quiet, ready to have a good time with his buddies, but tough as nails when it mattered. Anyone with any time in Uncle Sam’s Misguided Children (USMC) will recognize Al, Doug, The Greek and Red. Different names and different faces, but alike in mannerisms and exploits to the young men in our own memories. This book has historical value. I learned much about trench warfare in Korea from a grunt’s viewpoint and hardships on the MLR. And while I thank Sergeant Easton for that knowledge, the real value of his book is in giving the reader a glimpse at the camaraderie that binds all good Marine units. Colonel Wes Fox, a Medal of Honor recipient, once told me that Marines don’t fight for flag or glory. They fight for the Marine on their right and the Marine on their left. Sergeant Easton has given the reader a look into that world. It is a look that is worth remembering.
William Marcus Charles II
Lieutenant Colonel, USMC (Ret
About the Author:
Dave Easton served in the Marines from January 1951 until January 1954, with the time split between the 2nd Division in North Carolina and the 1st Division in Korea. He re-enlisted in the Corps for another three-year hitch in February 1957, and later agreed to a two-year extension to qualify for embassy duty. He finished his enlistment in C Company, 2nd Recon Battalion, and was honorably discharged in February 1962.
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