In this riveting insider’s chronicle, legendary Marine General “Brute” Krulak submits an unprecedented examination of U.S. Marines—their fights on the battlefield. LtGen Victor H. Krulak, who passed away on 29 December , was a Given Gen Conway’s focus on First to Fight for the modern USMC, and the Victor Harold Krulak (January 7, – December 29, ) was a decorated United States Marine Corps officer who saw action in World War II, Korea and Vietnam. Krulak, considered a visionary by fellow Marines, was the author of First to Fight: An Inside View of the U.S. Marine Corps and.

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Way too much politics way too little Marine Corps. Krulak Henry Cabot Lodge Jr. This book helps explain why the Marine Corps is different than the Army. Retrieved December 23, ifght Bronze Star with “V” device. May 3, Imprint: Jun 10, Jamon marked it as to-read. Krulak was an early advocate of using helicopters as attack platforms.

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Krulak, Marine Behind U. Kennedy helped evacuate Krulak’s force from Choiseul at the end of the operation.

Further, it suggests that our Marine Corps has become yb metaphor too the A “must read” for all Marines, not just because it is on the Commandant’s Reading List, but because it waters the roots of our Corps and underscores why throughout our storied history the accomplishments of the Corps supersede individuals.

The kind you would hear if you had bumped into the author, Lt Gen Krulak at a bar and got to hear a few hours worth of war stories.


He talks about court hearings and a lot of legal mantra that I just didn’t understand. He not only takes a close look at the Marine experience during World War II, Korea, and Vietnam – wars in which Krulak was himself a participant – but also examines the foundation on which the Corps is built.

He served as president and trustee of the Zoological Society of San Diego. It shines tl not so favorable light on some of America’s wartime icons and their distain for the Corps. A bit dry especially towards the beginningbut a good read if you are a young marine and want to learn more about our history.

It is one of the most historically significant books I have read about the missions, functions, and tasks of the United States Marine Corps.

I found it a great resource to learn how the Marine Corps thinks and its history as a service. Sep 19, Lisa rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: I am generally swayed by Figjt Krulak’s argument – and we must return to our frugal past quickly or that virtue and the virtue of our nation will be jeopardized. Makes me prouder to be “in”. Required reading for marines. Krulak dies at 95; retired Marine lieutenant general”. Krulak built a model of the Japanese boat design and discussed the retractable ramp approach with boat builder Andrew Higgins who incorporated elements of Krulak’s input into the Landing Craft, Vehicle, Personnel LCVP or “Higgins boat”, which played critical roles in the Normandy Landings and amphibious assaults in the Pacific.

He later denied Jewish ancestry and claimed to have been raised Episcopalian. Marine Corps Legacy Museum. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.

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Through comical vignettes, battlefield accounts, and some reference to the intangibles, Krulak grounds the Marines today in their proud and challenging history. I got the point though: Victor Krulak — Review”.


This book describes how a warrior service has sustained itself and ensured its survival, and in the process become the elite fighting force of the United States. The War with Japan. See if you have dight points for this item.

Currently the Commandant of the Marine Corps recommended book.

But having said all of that, let’s just say that all of my doubts about the worthiness of this book were quickly quelled. Archived from the original on February 23, A “must read” for all Marines, not just because it is on the Commandant’s Reading List, but because it waters the roots of our Corps and underscores why throughout our storied history the accomplishments of the Corps supersede individuals.


In response, Krulak promised Kennedy a bottle of whiskey which he delivered almost 20 years later when Kennedy was serving as President of the United States. The Marine Corps has had to fight for its very existence over and over again. The couple had three children. I found the political and bureaucratic parts firstt be a bit boring, which sadly makes up a large chunk of the book.

Geoff Wright rated it it was ok Mar 24, A Vietnam Memoir Page “Krulak named Chu Lai after himself, having been the General who first flew over the area and selected the site.