Alta Loma Author and Vietnam Marine Publishes New Book

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This thought-provoking book is an unabashed, highly descriptive perspective into the life of one Marine during the Vietnam era

My Tour in the Corps

small COG, on a small gear, in the big green machine

My Tour in the Corps, ‘66-’69, a new book by Gary Flener, has been released by Dorrance Publishing Co., Inc.

My Tour in the Corps, ’66-’69 is an unabashed, highly descriptive, no “B.S.” perspective into the life of one Marine during the “Vietnam Era.” It’s all here: the rigors of boot camp, state-side training, I-Corp Vietnam, and the battle of Khe Sanh. This is a must read for all Marines of that era. Get ready to laugh your butt off and, maybe, shed a few tears. Actions of the Navy, Airforce, and the Army are also included. If you want to know what it was like to be a “small COG, on a small gear, in the big green machine,” you must read this book!

Author Gary Flener joined the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department in November 1969. He left the Department, on a medical retirement, in May 1995. During his career he held the following positions: as a Deputy - Jailer, Patrol Officer, and Cadet Training Officer, and as a Sergeant - Custody Supervisor, Patrol Supervisor, Special Weapons Team Leader, and Unit Operations Supervisor.

He has been married since 1971 to the lady of his life, “Shelley.” They were blessed with a baby girl in 1978. Jennifer is now a teacher in La Jolla, California. Gary and Shelley have lived in Southern California since their marriage. Shelley plans to retire soon. Their goal is to live a long, happy life together. Traveling, golfing, and fishing are included in their future plans.

My Tour in the Corps, ‘66-‘69 is a 122-page paperback with a retail price of $15.00. The ISBN is 978-1-4349-9569-8. It was published by RoseDog Books of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. For more information or to request a review copy, please visit our virtual pressroom at or our online bookstore at


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