First Sergeant Patrick M. Tracy, USMC
Author of "Street Fight in Iraq"

The best stories about Marines are the ones told by Marines themselves. The essence of what it is to be a Marine can only be understood either by a Marine or by someone who takes the time to hear their stories and allows them to tell them in their own way. By Dammit, We’re Marines! is a first-hand, combat account from over 50 veterans, across the spectrum of ranks from private to general. It is a raw and unfiltered account of the greatest generation of Marines as they fought with pride, honor, bravery and “uncommon valor” against a determined Japanese opponent in the battle for the Pacific in World War II. Gail Chatfield has compiled an unprecedented account from Marines who survived the deadliest battles in Marine Corps history and provided the legacy which today’s Marine continues to live up to. Every Marine understands the name and significance of Iwo Jima.

One year after fighting on the streets of Iraq, I found myself with the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit steaming towards Iwo Jima for a commemoration ceremony. Nearly every Marine in my unit served multiple combat tours in Iraq and every Marine stood on the black sandy beach of Iwo Jima with tears in their eyes as they understood the significance of what these Marines suffered through and triumphed against.

By Dammit, We’re Marines! is a must-read for anyone who wants to understand what it means to be a Marine in combat. This book will make you laugh and cry and swell your heart with pride for those Marines who made the ultimate sacrifice in the most unforgettable battles that are now a part of the great history of the world’s finest fighting force…The United States Marines!