by Gary E. Jarvis, Ph.D.
|Written as a historically accurate tribute to a little known U.S. Marine Corps Force-in-Readiness comprised of well-trained battle hardened Vietnam combat veterans and seventeenand eighteen year old Marines who abruptly sailed from Hawaii as part of President Lyndon B. Johnson's strategic plan to halt the North Vietnamese Army's escalating build-up of forces in South Vietnam, Young Blood: a History of the 1st Battalion 27th Marines documents the factual day to day combat actions of a Marine infantry battalion, which incurred approximately 70% casualties in less than seven months during the height of the Vietnam War in 1968. The book's title Young Blood mirrors the fact that forty-five (45%) percent of the Marines killed-in-action were only eighteen years of age.|
| "Gary Jarvis' effort in producing Young Blood represents not only a staggering amount of research and writing, but also a monumental labor of love, which stands as a tribute to his fellow Marines who served in the 1st Battalion 27th Marines in Vietnam. Sent to Vietnam in the wake of the bloody 1968 Tet Offensive, the battalion suffered staggering casualities while accomplishing every task it was assigned. Those who survived only asked they be called Marines. They did their duty. They did it with honor and heroism. Anyone who served with them should be proud."
Earl Gerheim, a Marine combat correspondent in Vietnam, was attached to the 1st Battalion 27th Marines, during Search and Destroy operations at Hue City. Gerheim spent 23 years as a reporter and editor, working for three newspapers and the Associated Press.
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|Gary E. Jarvis, Ph.D.|