Although there have been many men who have left their mark on the United States Marine Corps, few have created such a lasting impression as John Archer Lejeune.There is no doubt that the modern Marine Corps can trace its roots to Major General Lejeune He was a skilled soldier, a visionary, and a leader of uncommon talent whose decisions, guidance and foresight are still bAlthough there have been many men who have left their mark on the United States Marine Corps, few have created such a lasting impression as John Archer Lejeune.There is no doubt that the modern Marine Corps can trace its roots to Major General Lejeune He was a skilled soldier, a visionary, and a leader of uncommon talent whose decisions, guidance and foresight are still being felt by today s Marines.The Reminiscences of a Marine is an autobiography by this unusual man Written in a flowery language, popular when the book was first published 1930 , MajGen Lejeune s book offers a fascinating glimpse into the private world of this turn of the century Marine From his early childhood days in Louisiana, shortly after the Civil War, all the way to the Commandant s house at 8th and I Streets in Washington, D.C Reminiscences delves not only into the life of the man, but interestingly, into the places and events in which he found himself.With each step upward in his 39 year career, General Lejeune tells of the Country and the Corps from the viewpoint of a man privileged to observe from a unique advantage Even as a young lieutenant, Lejeune was often in the middle of, or on the periphery, of the great happenings of his time More often than not, in his later career, he was the focal point of these happenings as his leadership of the Second U.S Army Division of the American Expeditionary Force during World War 1 demonstrates.The preface of the book is new and was written by General Lemuel C Shepherd, himself a former Commandant of the Marine Corps, who, as a captain, served as Lejeune s aide When asked in a November 1982 Leatherneck Magazine interview what the real General Lejeune was like, General Shepherd said, He was like a father to us all he was truly a great leader Reminiscences provides the reader with a close and often personal look at this great Marine and the book is than worth the price invested.
The reminiscences of a Marine Although there have been many men who have left their mark on the United States Marine Corps few have created such a lasting impression as John Archer Lejeune There is no doubt that the modern Marine
The key to combat effectiveness is unity an esprit that characterizes itself in complete, irrevocable, mutual trust Now my infantry trusts my artillery and engineers, and my artillery and engineers know this so they will go through hell itself before they let down the infantry My infantry believe that with such support they are invincible and they are.John A LejeuneThe Reminiscences of a Marine by Major General John A Lejeune is an autobiography of a United States Marine and 13th Commandant The [...]
I d like to thank Sapere Books for the opportunity to review this book.This was simply not to my taste It reminds me of Robinson Crusoe, when basically every day is the same entry in his journal I walked the beach I ate some fruit I built a shelter, etc Well this is basically the same thing except on a battleship or a cruiser I m not certain what I expected considering he was such an early Marine He just had no flair for the dramatic so it was a bit mundane Anyone interested in the early days of [...]
There is no rancor in my soul toward any man, and it is my earnest hope that no word I have written will cause any one pain John A Lejeune Little worry of that since in Lejeune s world view at least as presented in this book everyone he meets is reasonable, honorable, and always works toward the greater good Practically without exception That benevolent demeanor of his might strike some as odd since it comes from a man with than forty years of military service but he maintains that tone of univ [...]
Full Disclosure I was given a copy of this book by the publisher in return for an unbiased review.Pretty detailed account of the life of John LeJeune The only thing I knew about him was the name there are many things in the Marine Corps named LeJeune, including one of the main training camps But of the person behind it Nothing.It turns out that even to this day, LeJeune is considered to be the Marine s Marine Almost 40 years in the Marine s including 8 years as it s Commander he was a constant p [...]
Published originally in 1930, The Reminisces of a Marine is the account of the life of John A LeJeune, who served for eight years as the Commandant of the Marine Corps LeJeune s story of his childhood, growing up in the turbulent years immediately after the Civil War in reconstruction era Louisiana, and his career, first as a naval officer and finally as a U.S Marine.LeJeune s account, while intensely personal, also highlights many of the pivotal events of world and American history of the perio [...]
I was happy to find this book because the name of the author intrigued me Let s face it, only a US Marine would know why the East Coast training facility is named Camp Lejeune, and I never thought to ask any of the deputies or even my grandson Yeah, I m a history geek It starts out with a bit of family history, then ramps up after college when he joins the Corps, serves in the Spanish American War, and really gets tough during WWI Besides being a history, it is also clearly a model for an effect [...]
Good info but really dry at timesHe wrote of his experiences very well but to much info but he wanted to give credit to those who deserved it rightfully so I m glad he took the time to record the events as he saw them and he researched well I now know the history of Marines in ww1
Inspiring personal account Clearly a figure who guided the development of the Marines during the early formative days leading up to and including World War I Hindered by the absence of maps to accompany the description of engagements in France by the military units.
A legend in his own time, thoughtful, honorable, courageous, eI enjoyed this man and this book Would to GOD we had men of this calibre in our time You will not regret reading this book.
Outstanding personal history of WW1 battles I never knew I would learn so much from this book I could not put it down it was s fascinating.
This is General John A Lejeune s autobiography It was a very good book He was a very good man He got along with Army and Navy officers and was able to do a lot of good for the Marine Corps He travelled to a lot of different places and saw a lot of different things He was one of the greatest Marines ever.