Russell J. Jewett’s New Book Recounts USMC Exploits in Vietnam

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“Ripley’s Raiders Vietnam Chronicles” portrays the historic actions of the Marines of Lima Company

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Over the past ten years, author and veteran Russell J. Jewett has been attending reunions with the members of the United States Marine Corp’s Third Battalion Lima Company, a group also known as Ripley’s Raiders. Inevitably, war stories are traded during these gatherings, but the details of these accounts have become more and more obscure as the veterans’ memories fade with the passing years. Jewett recognized the need for a single definitive record that would serve as a handy source of facts for veterans and historians alike, and penned Ripley’s Raiders Vietnam Chronicles after painstakingly researching, collecting and compiling Lima Company’s historic exploits.

Jewett offers a chronological record of the dates, times, and events of Company L, Third Battalion Third Marines from December 1965 to March 1968 derived from declassified official US Marine Corps monthly Command Chronology reports. His work reflects the combined combat experiences of Marines known as Ripley’s Raiders, who served in the battlefields of Vietnam with distinction and valor. The pages of Ripley’s Raiders Vietnam Chronicles reveals to readers the day to day activities of a Marine Corps’ infantry company engaged in the grueling and deadly ordeal that is jungle warfare and how the Marines never lost a battle, despite the outcome of the Vietnam War.

Ripley’s Raiders Vietnam Chronicles was written essentially to provide a reference book for the members of Lima Company, which will hopefully stimulate memories of events so that other details and personal stories can also be recollected and recorded. Non-members, such as historians and those with an interest in military affairs, will also find Jewett’s book to be an interesting account of the lives of times of the Marines who fought in the frontlines of the Vietnam War.

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About the Author
A former Navy Hospital Corpsman, Russell J. Jewett served as a combat corpsman with Third Battalion, Third Marines, Third Marine Division in Vietnam in 1966-67.

Ripley’s Raiders Vietnam Chronicles * by Russell J Jewett
A compilation of recorded events to assist the memory
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Trade Paperback; $18.99; 582 pages; 978-1-4836-1499-1
Trade Hardback; $26.99; 582 pages; 978-1-4836-1500-4
eBook; $3.99; 978-1-4836-1501-1

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