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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How on earth could one book appeal to every rank in the Corps?

But having said all of that, let’s just say that all of my doubts about the worthiness of this book were quickly quelled. Wikimedia Commons has media related to Victor Krulak. One Hundred Years of U. We appreciate your feedback.

Makes me prouder to be “in”. This book is an interesting, introspective look at the tumultuous beginnings and history of the United States Marine Corps.

Oct 31, Brandon Baggett rated it liked it Shelves: Korean Presidential Unit Citation. Still, as a Marine it’s good information on how we view ourselves, our duty, and our sister services Not a Gentleman’s War.


So, I got the book and set down to read it, but truth be told, I was a bit skeptical. For the next four years, Krulak was responsible for all Fleet Marine Force units in the Pacific, including some 54 trips to the Vietnam theater. It is because of this reason that Marines need to be ready to fight at any time.

He said something like, “We [the Army] can do everything the Marine Corps does. At the end of World War II, there was a downsize of the military and with good reason: Jul 17, Fredrick Danysh rated it liked it Shelves: Marine Corps by Victor H.

First to Fight: An Inside View of the U.S. Marine Corps by Victor H. Krulak

Marines who have to read it, and military enthusiasts. No trivia or quizzes yet.

Modern African Wars 3. His ideas about how to fight in Viet Nam might have led to victory if they had been followed. Krulak Henry Cabot Lodge Jr. Examples from these chapters the most interesting, by the way are things like how thrifty and inventive Marines are.

When large enemy units were encountered then General Westmoreland’s overwhelming firepower should be employed. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Retrieved December 23, Marine Corps second lieutenant upon graduation from the U.

First to Fight: An Inside View of the U.S. Marine Corps

The War with Japan. As a lieutenant colonel in the fall ofhe earned the Navy Cross and the Purple Heart on Choiseul Islandwhere his battalion staged a week-long diversionary raid to cover the Bougainville invasion. Additionally, being a young person with no real knowledge concerning the Vietnam conflict this book whet my appetite to learn more about it.


Open Preview See a Problem? This book helps explain why the Marine Corps is different than the Army.

TaylorChairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Aug 03, Eric rated it it was amazing. Jan 25, Savannah Carpenter rated it liked it.

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First of all I have to say that the only reason I read this book is because all Marines are required to and I would look like a total douche on any promotion boards I went on if I had not. Krulak eventually became the 31st Commandant of the Marine Tirst, serving from to He was promoted to major general in Novemberand the following month assumed command of the Marine Corps Recruit Depot, San Diego. I purchased the book without my usual background research on whether or not the book was worthy of the money.

I found it a great resource to learn how the Marine Corps thinks and its history as a service.