The Reminiscences of a Marine by John A. LejeuneAlthough there have been many men who have left their mark on the United States Marine Corps, few have created such a lasting impression as John Archer Lejeune.
There is no doubt that the modern Marine Corps can trace its roots to Major General Lejeune. He was a skilled soldier, a visionary, and a leader of uncommon talent whose decisions, guidance and foresight are still being felt by todays Marines.
The Reminiscences of a Marine is an autobiography by this unusual man. Written in a more flowery language, popular when the book was first published (1930), MajGen Lejeunes book offers a fascinating glimpse into the private world of this turn-of-the-century Marine.
From his early childhood days in Louisiana, shortly after the Civil War, all the way to the Commandants house at 8th and I Streets in Washington, D.C., Reminiscences delves not only into the life of the man, but more interestingly, into the places and events in which he found himself.
With each step upward in his 39-year career, General Lejeune tells of the Country and the Corps from the viewpoint of a man privileged to observe from a unique advantage. Even as a young lieutenant, Lejeune was often in the middle of, or on the periphery, of the great happenings of his time. More often than not, in his later career, he was the focal point of these happenings as his leadership of the Second U.S. Army Division of the American Expeditionary Force during World War 1 demonstrates.
The preface of the book is new and was written by General Lemuel C. Shepherd, himself a former Commandant of the Marine Corps, who, as a captain, served as Lejeunes aide. When asked in a November 1982 Leatherneck Magazine interview what the real General Lejeune was like, General Shepherd said, He was more like a father to us all; he was truly a great leader.
Reminiscences provides the reader with a close and often personal look at this great Marine and the book is more than worth the price invested.
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The Reminiscences of a Marine
View in National Archives Catalog. In a crisis erupted in China as the "Boxers" increased their resistance to foreign influence and presence. By the end of the nineteenth century, several countries had already established spheres of influence in China. In the fall of , Secretary of State John Hay wrote that the United States, a late arrival, wanted to maintain an "open door policy" in China. If the Boxers succeeded in pushing the United States and other foreign countries out, this newly opened door could soon be shut. Discontent with foreigners had been on the rise in China since , when the "I Ho Ch'uan" Society of "Righteous and Harmonious Fists" began gaining popularity in a province in northwest China.
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In Christchurch there was a row of cottages near, what is now, the Thomas Tripp and on the other side of the road was….. On the Fiarmile Road there was only one cottage all together, the Kings Arms used be called the Humbry Hotel and also the perfume shop used to be the Butcher and before that it was a court house. At the bottom wick lane was where I lived with my wife, there was about 6 cottages down there and the cottage next to us is where the old ladies would sit in the windows and make the Pusey Chains. You can see the windowsill in the Red House Museum. It was lovely down here back then. During the Dog Fights we would go down into the shelter and have a singsong with my friend who had a banjo, we had a great time.