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The World War I Memoirs of Don V. Paradis, Gunnery Sergeant, USMC

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A foxhole view of the Marine Corps in the First World War. Don Paradis served as a sergeant in every action of the storied 4th Marine Brigade, earned two decorations for valor, and pinned on gunnery sergeant chevrons shortly after the armistice – less than twenty months after enlisting. Paradis is blunt, honest, and direct. His memories of combat are vivid and graphic.
Paperback, First, 162 pages
Published May 24th 2010 by
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This memoir was begun by the author almost 50 years ago as a way for him to leave to future generations an honest, candid account of his combat experiences in the First World War as a Marine on the Western Front in 1918. (The author left both a written memoir and also recorded himself on a series of cassette tapes. This memoir is an amalgation of both Paradis' written text and his own living words.)

When the U.S. entered the war in April 1917, Paradis was living with his family in Detroit, where
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Don V. Paradis, a youthful 6’2” Detroit native was seeking to establish a career when America declared war in WWI. He enlisted with the Marine Corps for the duration of the war and qualified as a Marksman during Parris Island training. Shipped overseas to France he served with the 80th Company of 2/6 in the 4th Brigade in the 2nd Division AEF and rose to gunnery sergeant. Paradis fought bravely miraculously escaping injury in the five major battles; Belleau Wood, Soissons, Saint Mihiel, Blanc ...more
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Don Paradis served in the 80th Co, 2nd Battalion, 6th Marines and fought in every action featuring the USMC during WW1. He rose through the ranks from private to gunnery sergeant and was one of the few marines who saw the whole war through without receiving any wounds.

Paradis's experience of boot camp is rather unique compared to other marine accounts I've read. In general, the marine accounts from WW2 show a large amount of pride and discuss boot camp as rigorous but necessarily so. The
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