Academic journal article Military Review

MARINE RIFLEMAN: Forty-Three Years in the Corps

Academic journal article Military Review

MARINE RIFLEMAN: Forty-Three Years in the Corps

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MARINE RIFLEMAN: Forty-Three Years in the Corps, Wesley L. Fox, Brassey's Inc., Dulles, VA, 2002, 395 pages, $27.95.

An old axiom says that in every life there is a story to tell. Whether that is true for every life is debatable, but the axiom holds true for the life of Wesley L. Fox. Marine Rifleman: Forty-Three Years in the Corps is proof. Recipient of the Medal of Honor, two Legion of Merit awards, a Bronze Star with a Combat V (with valor), and three Purple Heart medals, Fox-a man who consistently aspired to follow a code of honor and ethics-inspires military and civilians alike.

Fox tells the story of his life as he lived it, from the influences of his mother and father and 9 siblings, to his 43 years in the Marine Corps, culminating with his retirement in 1993 at age 62. Fox then served as Deputy Commandant of Cadets at Virginia Tech, a position he held until his retirement in 2001. A "gungy Marine" who did it all from Korea to Vietnam and beyond, Fox would have been forgiven for his autobiography being a bit self-congratulatory, but he has not snared himself in such a trap and avoids hyperbole. …

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