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Guns Up!

af Johnnie M. Clark

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THIS GUT-WRENCHING FIRSTHAND ACCOUNT OF THE WAR IS A CLASSIC IN THE ANNALS OF VIETNAM LITERATURE. "Guns up!" was the battle cry that sent machine gunners racing forward with their M60s to mow down the enemy, hoping that this wasn't the day they would meet their deaths. Marine Johnnie Clark heard that the life expectancy of a machine gunner in Vietnam was seven to ten seconds after a firefight began. Johnnie was only eighteen when he got there, at the height of the bloody Tet Offensive at Hue, and he quickly realized the grim statistic held a chilling truth. The Marines who fought and bled and died were ordinary men, many still teenagers, but the selfless bravery they showed day after day in a nightmarish jungle war made them true heroes. This new edition of Guns Up!, filled with photographs and updated information about those harrowing battles, also contains the real names of these extraordinary warriors and details of their lives after the war. The book's continuing success is a tribute to the raw courage and sacrifice of the United States Marines.… (mere)
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Guns up!" was the battle cry that sent machine gunners racing forward with their M60s to mow down the enemy, hoping that this wasn't the day they would meet their deaths. Marine Johnnie Clark heard that the life expectancy of a machine gunner in Vietnam was seven to ten seconds after a firefight began. Johnnie was only eighteen when he got there, at the height of the bloody Tet Offensive at Hue, and he quickly realized the grim statistic held a chilling truth.

The Marines who fought and bled and died were ordinary men, many still teenagers, but the selfless bravery they showed day after day in a nightmarish jungle war made them true heroes. This new edition of Guns Up!, filled with photographs and updated information about those harrowing battles, also contains the real names of these extraordinary warriors and details of their lives after the war. The book's continuing success is a tribute to the raw courage and sacrifice of the United States Marines.
  PPLL2020 | Aug 13, 2020 |
A book which I hadn't heard of beforehand but was well written and told a fast paced story of a 17yr old's Vietnam tour of duty. Humorous, tragic and detailed with excellent dialogue, this book about US Marines in I Corp is somewhat jargon filled but there is a glossary at the end. I've learned a lot about Life from Vietnam memoirs. This is a good one. Clark was an infantryman carrying an M-60 machine gun. Not enamored with the Green Berets or the rear echelon troops, or the 101st, Clark does not hold back on the Marine culture either. I wanted the book to be longer but it was sad enough at its current length. There was an interesting squad member of Clark's named Chan who provides a biblical perspective on life and war. This is unusual for a Vietnam memoir. ( )
  sacredheart25 | Apr 3, 2014 |
First rate story of a young man's encounter with war and how it changes him. ( )
  arning | Dec 5, 2013 |
Johnnie Clark's memoir of his time as a marine heavy gunner in Vietnam, a job that he is told has a life expectancy of seven seconds once a fire-fight begins. The book covers the period from his first arrival in country to the time he is shipped back to the world. My edition also included a new epilogue where Johnnie discusses what happened to his squad mates (the ones he was able to track down) after the war.

I was surprised at how much I enjoyed the writing. Clark has a very smooth and natural writing style that gives the feeling of reading a page turner. Yet it never feels like he is skimping on the details. He is very good at working facts in to the narrative, so you never feel lost even if you know nothing about the Vietnam war. It helps that it starts with Johnnie as a 'boot' just arrived from boot camp.We learn the ropes along with him.

The author is a very religious man, which resulted in a couple of... I don't know... quirks I guess. First, the book has been scrubbed of cursing. There is some 'rough language' in the book, but nothing that couldn't pass in a PG movie. It was strange never to hear marines swear, but it didn't in any way harm the book. He did use the word 'fag' a lot, which I disliked, but after all, it is his memoir and it was a different time. I won't knock the book for it.

The book also had quite a bit of proselytizing. Johnnie is a Christian, so a bit was to be expected, but there were a couple of times where it intruded on the narrative. If this were a fiction book, that would be a fault, but since this is a non-fiction, first person account I can let it slide.

I do give Johnnie credit for not whitewashing his own actions in Nam. He was willing to admit when he was scared and fesses up to some embarrassing actions that it would have been just as easy to cover up. These admissions make everything else much more believable and made him a more trustworthy narrator to me.

Also, though I mentioned that the language was sanitized, nothing else is. He describes the violence and gore of the war in a plain, straight-forward manner. He is not trying to glorify war or the horrors the soldiers on both sides endured. Not everything the soldiers did over there was honorable and he doesn't shy away from that. He describes in detail the unbearable heat, the jungle diseases, the tension of laying in the mud, preparing an ambush, only to have a snake slide across your neck right when you should fire.

This book is a required read in some schools and I can see why. I got from it what I was hoping: a detailed account of a grunt marine's time in Vietnam. That it was well written and engaging was a pleasant surprise. ( )
  jseger9000 | Jan 28, 2011 |
A gritty, page turner that follows Clark on his tour with the 5th Marines as an M60 machine gunner. He fought through he 1968 Tet Offensive and was wounded three times. Told when he first arrived that he would survive as a gunner for 7 and a half seconds in his first fire fight because gunners were prime targets for the enemy, he managed to make it through many such moments. ( )
  lamour | Jan 25, 2009 |
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THIS GUT-WRENCHING FIRSTHAND ACCOUNT OF THE WAR IS A CLASSIC IN THE ANNALS OF VIETNAM LITERATURE. "Guns up!" was the battle cry that sent machine gunners racing forward with their M60s to mow down the enemy, hoping that this wasn't the day they would meet their deaths. Marine Johnnie Clark heard that the life expectancy of a machine gunner in Vietnam was seven to ten seconds after a firefight began. Johnnie was only eighteen when he got there, at the height of the bloody Tet Offensive at Hue, and he quickly realized the grim statistic held a chilling truth. The Marines who fought and bled and died were ordinary men, many still teenagers, but the selfless bravery they showed day after day in a nightmarish jungle war made them true heroes. This new edition of Guns Up!, filled with photographs and updated information about those harrowing battles, also contains the real names of these extraordinary warriors and details of their lives after the war. The book's continuing success is a tribute to the raw courage and sacrifice of the United States Marines.

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