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Fatal Secrets


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 Short Rations for Marines

(WASHINGTON DC) - Short Rations for Marines by Major Ralph Stoney Bates Sr., USMC (Ret) is an exquisite, easy to read, collection of 57 true stories authored by 34 very different writers that takes readers through a domain, not only of tragic historical significance, but also through humorous, often ridiculous incidents that flawlessly become antidotes for the conventional.


These events unfold in numerous locations, and in all historical eras from World War I (the Great War) to the present. Contributing author and Executive Editor, Major Ralph Stoney Bates Sr., USMC (Ret), has meticulously searched the globe for contributors to this Short Rations For Marines anthology, and found outstanding writers and story-tellers from all walks of life, occupations, and endeavors.


From Guam, Okinawa, Afghanistan, Kuwaiti, the Mediterranean Sea, Japan, and even an isolated, small Island in the South Pacific, from places stateside, and many other exotic and mundane locations, each story is told, and events recalled with remarkable clarity and heartfelt emotion. Many of the writers are gifted journalist, and noted authors who are currently reaching for the peak of professional fulfillment, while other contributors (such as the executive editor), are venturing into the genesis of book authorship and publishing as novices.


Purchasing this book will not only fulfill your expectations and satisfy your curiosity, it will also assist non-profit organizations and/or groups dedicated to providing support to military veterans, especially those “Soldiers of the Sea” and their corpsmen, and their dependents affected by or injured by war.

Profits, from royalties generated for the executive editor, from the sale of this book, will go to organizations assisting with injured combat veterans, and their dependents, coping with, and recovering from war injuries, and/or combat deaths, plus other tragedies of warfare, conducted in behalf of the people of the United States of America.


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Coral Anika Theill's Leatherneck Magazine articles and interviews,  "Montford Point Marines of WWII," “Invisible Battle Scars: Confronting the Stigma Associated with PTS & TBI," Wounded Warriors, and Marine Corps K-9 Combat Veteran MWD Sergeant Beyco and K458 Lucca. 


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