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Earned in Blood: My Journey from Old-Breed Marine to the Most Dangerous Job in America

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Born in the Appalachian Mountains of West Virginia in 1919, Thurman Miller was the sixteenth of eighteen children in a family so poor, the local coal miner's kids looked down on them. His father was a subsistence farmer and it was rare for the Miller family to have enough food for everyone. But for Thurman, Appalachia was not just a region: it was a culture, a frame of ...more
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published May 21st 2013 by St. Martin's Press
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John Long
I received this book for free from Goodreads for my honest review.
I loved this book. Mr. Miller writes in a very down to earth style. It felt like I was listening to my Paw-paw and how he would talk about the war. Unfortunately, he was never comfortable talking a lot about it before he died. That is why books like this as so important. It is the stories from the people that lived through the fighting, not scholars that are looking at the events from a different place and time (although those ar
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Angelia Herrin
May 28, 2013 Angelia Herrin rated it really liked it
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What an inspiring book. Mr. Thurman Miller has lived a life as full as three men. The book starts off describing his struggles growing up during the great depression. He was born dirt poor in the Appalachian Mountains, and he was one of eighteen kids. I can't even begin to understand how hard they had to struggle just to eat.
Mr. Miller is a Marine who fought and served in the South Pacific in World War II. The book describes his incredible harrowing experience during his service. He returned ho
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Eric
Apr 24, 2015 Eric rated it it was ok
I blame the introduction for my review more than anything else. Been trying to place the memoir among other World War II memoirs the introduction indicated this was in the gym discussing postwar difficulties in dealing with malaria, PTSD, more flashbacks, etc.There was not much discussion of that. And the discussion centered mainly on the fact that he had it in that he experienced relapses. There was not much on his experiences in treatment relapses and how that affected his life. It was more ...more
Sharron Kennard
Jun 02, 2013 Sharron Kennard rated it it was ok
A fair memoir. My usual bug-a-boos of typos. Do publishers no longer have proof readers? Mistakes are rife in most recent books. Mr. Miller's story is much like my own father's. He, too, came from a hardscrabble Appalacian background, served in the army, Leyte being his Guadacanal and returned from war to the coal mines, where he was one of the casualties of a cave-in at age 30. He spent his remaining 23 years as a paraplegic and double amputee. That generation really gave it all.
Fredrick Danysh
Gunny Miller presents a readable memoir of the of the life of a combat Marine in he Pacific during World War II. He concentrates on the men he served with with the story being fleshed out by other reliable works. Miller also deals with PTSD which was common among combat veterans.
Thomas Hay
Mar 26, 2015 Thomas Hay rated it really liked it
A compelling story of courage, sacrifice, and bravery. A story every American should read and ponder. Amazing how someone could go through so much and live to be in their 90's. Thank you so much, Thurman, for your service and loyality.
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Jun 28, 2013 Maggie rated it liked it
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Inspiring and moving book. Not your typical hard knock life and perfect for people who enjoy military reads.

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