Cuba, Missouri Author Publishes New Book

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Following the author from birth through retirement after twenty-four years in the Marines, this book details what it takes to become a professional Marine

One of the Few, The Proud, the Marines

I believe I deserve that right. You be the judge.

One of the Few, The Proud, The Marines , a new book by Thomas Hitchcock, has been released by RoseDog Books.

While it follows Hitchcock’s life from birth to his retirement after twenty-four years in the Marine Corps, the author says this book is not about his life.

“The objective of this book is to show you, the reader, what is takes, what you must do, and what you go through to become a professional Marine.

“Out of the thousands of men who enter the Marine Corps each year, only a few deserve the right to be called a professional Marine. Some make a career of the Corps and even stay in long enough to retire, but they never reach their goal of being a professional.

“I believe I deserve that right. You be the judge.”

Author Thomas Hitchcock has written five books. This is the first one published. He had very little education, and his parents died when he was very young. He had to quit school and go to work in order to live.

He joined the United States Marine Corps in 1951. He was in the Korean and Vietnam wars. He has three Purple Heart Medals, a Bronze Star Medal with Combat “V,” and twenty-one other medals and ribbons.

He retired from the Corps in 1975 and lives in the Missouri Ozarks. He still plays the guitar and sings at clubs and parties from time to time.

One of the Few, The Proud, The Marines is a 252-page paperback with a retail price of $22.00. The ISBN is 978-1-4349-8139-4. 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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