A Sniper in the Arizona
2d Battalion, 5th Marines, in the Arizona Territory, 1967
By John J. Culbertson

18 April 1999
By Sarge

John Culbertson has written a book about the everyday life of a Marine in Vietnam during 1967 that is down to earth, telling it like it is, honest. "In graphic terms, John Culbertson describes the daily, dangerous life of a soldier fighting in a country where the enemy was frequently indistinguishable from the allies, fought tenaciously, and thought nothing of using civilians as a shield."

Culbertson was one of 18 Marines selected to attend the 1st Marine Division Sniper School in Da Nang in March 1967.

Although this book is a fair read, this reviewer would like to have read more on Sergeant Culbertson's activities as a sniper! There are well written chapters on the school at Da Nang and some of the "adventures" that occurred there but, after his return to Hotel Company, there is only one reference to his ever using his issue sniper weapon.

If this is a book on a "sniper in the Arizona" I would really have liked more "sniper" and not so much "Arizona". I'm sure this is the way it really was but, to me, the title is a bit misleading. I give this book a WAY DOWN the list if you're looking for sniper related reading. If you're looking for a Marine's daily life in Vietnam book then I'd place this one a bit further up my to read list.>

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