Sunday, February 29, 2004

Jarhead

Jarhead
Sunday, February 29, 2004
11:40:00 PM CST

29 Feb 2004

Just finished reading a book by the name of Jarhead by Anthony Swoffford. It started out a little awkward since I was trying to understand the author's bitterness with the USMC. He was a Marine during the Gulf War and chronicles his life and feelings about becoming a Marine before the war and during. I never had those types of bitter feelings in the military because I was an Air Force puke and never experienced a war or conflict. I had it easy.

Tony seems to pour out his bitterness into the book by the bucketful. What is strange is that after I got further into the book, it actually reminded me of some of my friends that had also been Marines. His expressions and attitudes were actually somewhat similiar to how my friend from Lucent, Keith had described some of his feelings about the Corps. Just an observation.

Swofford kind of breaks the typical stereotype we have envisioned of the enlisted Marine believed to be someone with zero emotions (and at times zero smarts). He kind of lets you into his head and gives you a peak at what a Marine is really seeing, feeling and thinking in a war situation and in an articulate way.

It was an interesting read especially since I'm sitting here in Iraq some thirteen years after the US kicked their butts out of Kuwait. I would recommend this book to everyone except my Gram. Sorry Gram, I don't want you reading that kind of filthy Marine language. Too many four letter words.
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