Book Shares Lesser Known Combat Stories of First U.S. Marines--Author Signing for Armed Forces Day

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The Westland Historic Commission and the Westland Public Library will be presenting its fifth annual Armed Forces Day Celebration Saturday May fifth from 11:00 am until 4:00 pm at the Westlands Historic Village Park located at 857 N. Wayne Road in Westland, Michigan. Author Don Burzynski will be signing copies of his new book, "The First Leathernecks."

"The First Leathernecks" by Don Burzynski'll gain an understanding of the honor and tradition that make today's Marines so dedicated to their duty.
--Bob Monement

Join author Don Burzynski as he signs books at the Armed Forces Day Celebration.

From the warship duels of the War of 1812 to storming the halls of Montezuma in 1847, Don Burzynski’s “The First Leathernecks: A Combat History of the U.S. Marines from Inception to the Halls of Montezuma” from Warriors Publishing Group shows why the force was feared from its first days.

From the earliest days of our country, “Send in the Marines!" was a call that ensured victory in key U.S. battles against Britain and Mexico. In his new book from Warriors Publishing Group, “The First Leathernecks: A Combat History of the U.S. Marines from Inception to the Halls of Montezuma” (ISBN 0982167059) author Don Burzynski recounts this pivotal period in American military history.

Burzynski covers the early 19th century battles that showed the United States Marine Corps to consist of fearsome warriors, skilled at manning cannon and devastating with a musket. His fast-paced account is accompanied by rich illustrations and maps, along with original art by Marine Corps artist Colonel Charles Waterhouse.

As 2012 marks the bicentennial of the War of 1812, “The First Leathernecks” shows how the Marines repulsed British troops at the battles of Lake Erie, Baldensburg, Baltimore and New Orleans. It recounts how the Marine Corps was instrumental in combating the slave trade and quashing pirates off the coasts of North Africa. Anyone familiar with the Marine Corps hymn will learn how they assaulted the Palace of Chapultepec during the Mexican-American War.

“I predict that ‘The First Leathernecks’ will become a valued tabletop resource for anyone interested in the War of 1812 for many years to come,"–Dr. Charles Neimeyer, Director, Marine Corps History Division.

“The First Leathernecks: A Combat History of the U.S. Marines from Inception to the Halls of Montezuma” is available for sale online at and through other channels, including

Visitors to the Westlands Historic Village Park on Saturday, May 5th can talk to historic reenactors from five different conflicts in America's history. Along with the author, Don Burzynski, signing books, local historians will be giving historic lectures inside the Octagon House throughout the day.

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