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To The Sound Of The Guns: 1st Battalion, 27th Marines from Hawaii to Vietnam 1966 - 1968

Vietnam 1968, the Year of the Monkey...
This is the little-known history of the men of 1/27, a 5th Marine Division battalion of Iwo Jima World War II fame--their seven-month story of sacrifice, camaraderie, and bravery.
Compiled and authored by one of them, "To The Sound Of The Guns" is the journey of 1st Battalion, 27th Marines--an undermanned maneuver Battalion--in Vietnam during the Tet Offensive of 1968, their participation in the Hue City area and in Operation Allen Brook. One hundred and twelve of these men gave up all their tomorrows, their memories forever etched in Marine Corps history.
As a result of countless combat engagements, the Marines of 1/27 were awarded almost 700 Purple Hearts rallying to their battle cry, "To the Sound of the Guns."
Grady T. Birdsong enlisted in the U. S. Marine Corps in 1966, serving two combat tours in Vietnam in 1968-1969. He is the author of "A Fortunate Passage: Two Families' Journey into the Heartland, and coauthor of the "The Miracle Workers of South Boulder Road: Healing the Signature Wounds of War with Colonel Bob Fischer.

"Grady Birdsong's book is a combination of well-research operational history and a moving and deeply personal account of the author's own combat experiences in Vietnam. It is both history and story. The places, the events, and most especially, the Marines and Sailors of whom the author writes, become vividly real, transporting the reader to that distant place and time. A highly recommended addition to the record of the U. S. Marines in the Vietnam War."
~ Colonel Len Blasiol, USMC (Ret)
Coauthor, "U. S. Marines in Vietnam: The Defining Year 1968"
Published by The History and Museums Divison
Headquarters, U. S. Marine Corps, Washington D. C.

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Cripple Creek District: Last of Colorado's Gold Booms

As the last of Colorado's great gold rush era, the Cripple Creek District became a household name across America and even Europe during the late 1890's and early1900's. Learn about the formation of the district's precious minerals, the boom that followed, and the dozens of towns and camps that truly made the Cripple Creek District "The Greatest Gold Camp on Earth."

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The Taylor Legacy: An American Family Saga

A spellbinding family saga about how an escaped slave, a wounded confederated soldier, and a young Mexican immigrant become a family. Entwistle takes you through time from the 1800s through the present day with the trials of the Taylor family. His words transport you from the oppressive humidity of the southern rice fields to the stench of bootlegging in St Louis, the dust and grime of the railroad, and a modern day ranch family settled among the mountains of Colorado.

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Seesaw: How November '42 Shaped the Future

By late 1942, the world had been fighting World War Two for a long time with no end in sight. November of that year saw campaigns and battles which set the course of the rest of the war. Specific battles, decisions, and actions contributed to the war’s outcome. Those results continue to shape lives around the world. The author discusses what led up to the battles and campaigns of late 1942, and looks at how specific decisions and their effects are important to today’s world. Moore draws on new and unpublished letters and personal accounts.

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Red Light Women of the Rocky Mountains

Throughout the development of the American West, prostitution grew and flourished within the mining camps, small towns, and cities of the nineteenth-century Rocky Mountains. Whether escaping a bad home life, lured by false advertising, or seeking to subsidize their income, thousands of women chose or were forced to enter an industry where they faced segregation and persecution, fines and jailing, and battled the hazards of disease, drug addiction, physical abuse, pregnancy, and abortion. They dreamed of escape through marriage or retirement, but more often found relief only in death.

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Brothels, Bordellos, and Bad Girls: Prostitution in Colorado, 1860-1930

Prostitution thrived in pioneer Colorado. Mining was the principal occupation and men outnumbered women more than twenty to one. Jan MacKell provides a detailed overview of the business between 1860 and 1930, focusing her research on the mining towns of Cripple Creek, Salida, Colorado City, and similar boomtown communities.

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