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Combat Corpsman: The Vietnam Memoir of a Navy Seals Medic

Author: Greg McPartlin

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About the Book

All his life, Greg McPartlin wanted to be a Marine corpsman, a medic skilled at saving lives. Three months of “bagging-and-tagging” bodies during Vietnam’s Tet Offensive took the luster off being a Marine-but not off McPartlin’s desire to serve his country.

After assisting in the sea-recovery of Apollo 11-the first ship to bring men to the moon-the twenty-year-old McPartlin was redeployed to Vietnam as an elite Navy SEAL. Barred as a medic by the Geneva Convention from the make-or-break training considered vital to service as a Navy SEAL, McPartlin had to show he had what it took.

In a war where soldiers partied with their buddies in Saigon one day and crawled through an enemy-infested jungle hell the next, McPartlin proved that he was not only an outstanding medic but a real Navy SEAL-the toughest of the tough.

Combat Corpsman is McPartlin’s account of his year in what had been a Viet Cong stronghold until the SEALs took control. It’s the first inside story of a Navy SEAL medic, a man who wanted to heal-not to kill-but did both to save lives.

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