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Sergeant Major, U.S. Marines: The Biography of Sergeant Major Maurice J. Jacques, USMC

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Publisher: Quadrant Books
Publication Year: 2013
ASIN: B00GT0FXPC
ISBN: 9781937868215
Sergeant Major, U.S. Marines: The Biography of Sergeant Major Maurice J. Jacques, USMC
Maurice Jacques served for thirty years with the U.S. Marine Corps, nearly six of them in combat. As an accomplished infantryman, parachutist, recon patroller, marksman, combat swimmer, and record-setting drill instructor, Jacques personifies the hard-fought, hard-won legacy of the Marines.With the ...
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Maurice Jacques served for thirty years with the U.S. Marine Corps, nearly six of them in combat. As an accomplished infantryman, parachutist, recon patroller, marksman, combat swimmer, and record-setting drill instructor, Jacques personifies the hard-fought, hard-won legacy of the Marines.

With the help of Bruce Norton, he recounts the lessons learned in blood and the courage tested under fire—from the razor-backed hills and icy cold of Korea to the steamy, Vietcong-infested jungles of Nam. In this tough, gripping narrative, he reveals the emotion and chaos of close combat and the sacrifice and valor that have made the Marines legendary worldwide.

During his long, dynamic career, Jacques held the position of regimental sergeant major in three different commands and was awarded two Bronze Stars and a Purple Heart. Maurice Jacques is a true warrior, as distinctive and exceptional as the Marines. He was expected to train harder, fight harder, sacrifice more, and is forever proud to be part of the pain, the pride, and the triumph that is USMC.

Major Bruce H. “Doc” Norton, USMC (Ret.) has been a combat veteran, a career Marine Infantry Officer, a military museum director, and an adjunct military history professor, and is an award-winning author of numerous books on and about the United States Marines. Doc has a son, Bruce H. Norton II, and a daughter, Elizabeth A. Norton, who reside in Charleston, South Carolina.

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Bruce Norton

Major Bruce H. “Doc” Norton, USMC (Ret.) is a combat veteran and was a career Marine infantry and reconnaissance officer. He is an award-winning author of numerous books on and about the United States Marines. He served at various “posts and stations” throughout the Marine Corps to include duty as an infantry platoon leader, deep reconnaissance platoon leader, rifle company commander, operations and training officer, battalion executive officer, and at various joint staff positions.

Enlisting as a U.S. Navy Corpsman, he served with distinction in both 3rd Force and 1st Force Recon Companies during the Vietnam War, participating in more than thirty long-range reconnaissance patrols from 1968-1970. Both “jump” and SCUBA qualified, he was the only navy corpsman to be designated as a Force Recon team leader and was awarded the Bronze Star, Purple Heart, Meritorious Service Medal, and Combat Action Ribbon.

He is a graduate of the College of Charleston, where he earned a BA in US History, and earned a Master’s Degree in Naval Sciences before becoming the Director of the Marine Corps’ Command Museum, at the Marine Corps Recruit Depot, in San Diego, California. He has taught military history courses at the University of San Diego, the Citadel, Trident Technical College, and at the Marine Corps University at Quantico, VA.

He is the recipient five San Diego Author’s Awards and the General Robert L. Denig Memorial Distinguished Service Award, presented to him by the United States Marine Corps’ Combat Correspondence Association.

Doc and his wife Helen reside on their farm in northern Virginia.

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