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...and a Few Marines

Author: John W. Thomason Jr
ISBN #: 
Price: $30.00
Publisher: Charles Scribner's Sons
Publisher Location: New York
Book Condition: Very Good
Dust Jacket Condition: no jacket
Edition: First edition
Pub Date: 1943
Shelf wear to tips, corners, and edges of the book, spine and edge darkening; no jacket. First printing, "A". 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Hard Cover. Previously published material first collected into book form here in 1943. A publisher's note contains a letter from Col. Clifton B. Cates who was then commanding a Marine regiment in Guadalcanal. A USMC classic. Colonel Thomason died not long after this book was published. The Navy christened a destroyer in his honor just a few months later. From his Navy bio: John William Thomason, Jr., was born 28 February 1893 in Huntsville, Tex. He studied art and was a writer in the editorial department of the Houston Chronicle at the beginning of World War I. Appointed Second Lieutenant in the Marine Corps in April 1917, he sailed to France with the AEF in 1918. When a German machine gun nest held up a Marine advance at Soissons 18 July 1918, Thomason and one of his men fearlessly advanced on the position and killed 13 of the enemy. For his heroism he received the Navy Cross and the Silver Star. He likewise became noted for his stirring self-illustrated accounts of marines in battle. Following the First World War he served at many posts of the Corps ashore and afloat and in 1941 made an extensive air survey of South and Central America, for which he received the Air Medal. He served briefly on the staff of Admiral Nimitz in the Pacific and as an instructor in amphibious technique. Promoted to Colonel 30 May 1942, he died at San Diego Naval Hospital 12 March 1944. During his entire career, John William Thomason, Jr., continued to be active as a writer and illustrator, publishing numerous books about marines and on western subjects. Books and other items ship promptly with a tracking number and (generally over $15.00) jacket protectors if applicable. Clean recycled packing material will be used when possible. The Book Shed has a been a member of the Vermont Antiquarian Bookseller's Association since 1997. An online bookseller with a bookshop sensibility!