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MARSOC: U.S. Marine Corps Special Operations Command [Paperback]

Fred Pushies

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Book Description

Nov. 12 2011

In 2006, the U.S. Marines officially became part of the U.S. Special Operations Command (SOCOM) with the creation of the Marine Special Operations Command (MARSOC). Drawn from the ranks of the Force Recon companies, these highly skilled and combat-proven Leathernecks would take the war to al Qaeda and the Taliban in America’s global war on terrorism. MARSOC is steeped in the heritage of the Marine Raiders of World War II, Force Reconnaissance companies of Vietnam, and Detachment-One, which stood up after the attacks on 9/11. Their mission is to win wars before they begin, taking the warfare beyond the front line. When America wants to display its might, the Commander in Chief will send in the Marines. With the creation of MARSOC, chances are they are already there.



Product Details

  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Zenith Press; First edition (Nov. 12 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0760340749
  • ISBN-13: 978-0760340745
  • Product Dimensions: 27 x 21.3 x 1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 612 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #293,382 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

The United States Marine Corps has a rich tradition of special operations, from World War II’s famed Marine Raiders and Para Marines to Korea and Vietnam’s legendary Marine Force Recon companies. Indeed, when Navy underwater demolition teams, the direct predecessors to the SEALs, performed the preinvasion reconnaissance of Iwo Jima, recon Marines were part of the mission. But when U.S. Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) was created in 1987 in the wake of the abortive Desert One hostage rescue mission, the Marines did not join in. Spec ops on land, sea, and air were covered by the Army, Navy, and Air Force; the Corps felt it needed to keep its top warriors with its conventional forces.
 
In the post-9/11 world, however, the need for special operations forces dramatically increased. With the creation of the Marine Special Operations Command (MARSOC) in 2006, Marines officially became part of USSOCOM. Initially drawn from the ranks of Force Recon companies, these highly skilled and combat-proven Leathernecks joined their spec ops brethren in taking the war to al-Qaeda and the Taliban in America’s global war on terrorism. 
 
MARSOC’s mission is to win wars before they begin, taking combat beyond the frontlines. When America needs to respond to aggression in distant lands, the call comes to send in the Marines. With the creation of MARSOC, chances are special operations Marines are already there.

About the Author

Fred Pushies is a freelance photographer and author of more than ten books whose works focus on the elite units of the U.S. Special Operations Forces. He lives outside Detroit, Michigan.


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3.0 out of 5 stars A 5 minute read. Jan. 23 2012
By Edgardo Gierbolini - Published on Amazon.com
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This book was dissapointing. As I former member of Marine Force Recon I was expecting a detailed accounting of our standards, history, training, and past missions. Instead this book covers all those areas in about three pages. It is heavy into pictures and command structure and comparisons in structure with other special forces type groups. The crux of really interesting information could have been released as a pamphlet. If you don't like to read and just like to look at some cool pictures, this book is for you. If you know anything at all about Marine Recon you will not learn anything new here. This is one of those books you eventually find in a big pile for 75 cents along with other "picture books" with no real substance.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars MARSOC book is recruit propaganda for teens. April 18 2012
By R. Gilchrist - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is more of a overview of what MARSOC does and can do.

I was actually looking for something more like a detailed history of Marine SO. This was not. I will not recommend this for anyone looking for the history of such operations.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "SUPER FORCE RECON"? May 21 2012
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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Interesting book, very good information, not for casual reading
but for anyone who is interested in the MARINE CORPS as it
evolves into the new(?) small(?) conflict warfare role, it shows the
weapons and other gear in use.
Being a proud Marine who served years ago and carried a BAR, I found
it informative and interesting.
A very good reference book.
(P.A.) Tony Bergan
1956-1960
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding up-to-date scoop on MARSOC equipment with good history of MARSOC predecessors Dec 21 2012
By Kyle Roberts - Published on Amazon.com
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As a former Marine and current US History teacher (both High School and College) this is a good "nuts-and-bolts" book to get an overview of the equipment and some of the selection and training of our newest generation of supreme warriors. There is a very good "30,000 foot level" synopsis of how MARSOC came about as new SPECOP units were formed and strategically where the USMC now fits in the SPECOP community. The history section on previous generations of Marines like Lieutenant Presley O'Bannon and USMC special forces types as seen in Colonel "Red Mike" Edson give a superior picture of the pride generated by United States Marines. Respectfully submitted, K L Roberts
4.0 out of 5 stars Christmas Present March 1 2014
By Shooter16a2 - Published on Amazon.com
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Since this was a gift, I did not read the book myself. My father told me that he enjoyed it very much.

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