13 Cent Killers: The 5th Marine Snipers in Vietnam
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13 Cent Killers: The 5th Marine Snipers in Vietnam

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A former sniper with the 5th Marine Regiment Shiper Platoon chronicles the exploits and experiences of the platoon in Vietnam, from 1967 through the desperate Tet offensive in 1968, describes the tactics, expertise in jungle warfare, and unique skills that made the unit the most decorated regimental
Paperback, 272 pages
Published January 1st 2003 by Presidio Press
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this is a "B-list" war book, meaning that it's not terrible C-quality slop but it falls short of being one of those amazing A-list books like Stalingrad or The Fall of Berlin or Lone Survivor. I mean, if you just look at the cover of this book, it doesn't have the absolute 'finesse' quality of the big-5 publishers; it's merely a competent design that somehow doesn't seem quite Barnes & Noble display quality. so, actually--judge the book by the cover.

overall Culbertson displays competence and...more
Skylore Kleppe
As I'm still reading this book I have put it off for many years. This book has my Grandfather in it, he was a 5th marine scout sniper. I am currently striving to become a Scout Sniper, as I am enlisted as an Infantry men in the US Marine Corps. I plan to serve my country proud and to make my Grandfather proud as he died of Melanoma in january of 2007. I didn't get to talk to him about joining the Marines, which breaks my heart for I had many questions to ask him. I was turning 11 when he past an...more
I have read hundreds of books on the Vietnam War and I must say, while this book was okay, it was not great. There are so many more books out there about experiences in this conflict that are very well written and you are not able to put down.

This book has a lot of repeating stories, a lot of monotone writing. And a lot of rah rah, we are the best out there. To me the story should be told, not the self bravado written into this book. Let the reader form an opinion if there are any heroes in the...more
This book came to me while I was at a book store, just looking around. While doing that I found it, "13 cent killers". It looked good and so I bought it, and here is what it's about. 13 Cent Killers takes place during the Vietnam war, it's based on true facts and events fallowing the 5th marine snipers. This book is all about conflict mostly external. Because it's explaining the journey and hardships of the snipers during the duration of the Vietnam war. These men aren't just any sniper the most...more
Let me make one thing clear, first. I respect the men and women who went to Vietnam. I do not dispute that they sacrificed much, endured much, and that people back home didn't give them the support and acknowledgment they so desired.

That being said, I was not impressed by this book. Maybe I've been spoiled by the combat memoirs of people like Paul Rieckhoff, Dwight Birdwell, Greg Boyington, and even Spike Milligan, but this book would've benefited from an editor. Had an editor been involved, thi...more
Book about snipers in the Marine 5th Infantry in Vietnam. It was an interesting book; the format was different than other books I have read. As the author said, it was more about the stories of men as they remembered what happened being discussed in an informal setting. As a result, there was a bit of overlapping [as the author said would happen].

I am not sure how informative the book was in terms of military actions, per se. Obviously, it discussed specific fights and some specific battles, but...more
This was a book that focused more on the names and less on the deeds of the men with whom the author served in the Vietnam war. A lot of pats on the back, impressive sounding nicknames, and claims of valor, with a few anecdotes parsed throughout the book. While the men who served in the 5th Marine snipers (and with all servicemen and -women) deserve appreciation for what they went through, for the most part this book skipped telling tales of bravery and courage and spent most of its time repeati...more
Brenda Vanwormer
not one of my favorites by all means, but it was a quick read and i'm interested in military history so this fits the bill
Good insight into life in the Vietnam War. It was almost as if each chapter was an essay, since he repeated some of the stories and a lot of the back ground information several times.
Sniper is badass, no doubt about it. Not a Pulitzer material but still worth to read.

And also its exciting to read how they hate the mattel toy gun with its wimpy 5.56 bullet :)
It's interesting, but the military jargon is difficult to wade through, even with the glossary in the back of the book.
A friend of mine lent me his copy, it is worth reading. 13 cents was the cost a sniper bullet.
Andrew Hanna
I found this book as with any historial book to be well researched and written.
A great book on Vietnam sniper warfare.
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