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Once a Marine - An Iraq War Tank Commander's Inspirational Memoir of Combat, Courage, and Recovery

Nick Popaditch

May 6, 1986: Nick Popaditch arrives at the Receiving Barracks, Marine Corps Recruit Depot, San Diego, California. April 9, 2003: An AP photographer captures a striking image seen around the world of the Gunny Sergeant smoking a victory cigar in his tank, the haunting statue of Saddam Hussein hovering in the background. Popaditch is immortalized forever as "The Cigar Marine." April 6, 2004: The tanker fights heroically in the battle for Fallujah and suffers grievous head wounds that leave him legally blind and partially deaf. The USMC awards him with a Silver Star for his valor and combat innovation. April 18, 2004: "Gunny Pop" comes home to face the toughest fight of his life-a battle to remain the man and Marine he was. This is the central drama of Nick's inspiring memoir, Once a Marine: An Iraq War Tank Commander's Inspirational Memoir of Combat, Courage, and Recovery. Readers in and out of the military will stand up and cheer for this valiant Marine's Marine, a man who embodies everything noble and proud in the Corps' long tradition. Never has modern mechanized combat seemed so immediate and real, or the fight in Iraq seemed so human and worth believing in. At first, Nick fights to get back to where he was in Iraq-in the cupola of an M1A1 main battle tank, leading Marines in combat at the point of the spear. As the seriousness and permanence of his disabilities become more evident, Nick fights to remain in the Corps in any capacity, to help the brothers in arms he so aches to rejoin. Facing the inevitable following a medical retirement, he battles for rightful recognition and compensation for his permanent disabilities. Throughout his harrowing ordeal, Nick fights to maintain his honor and loyalty, waging all these battles the same way-the Marine way-because anything less would be a betrayal of all he holds dear. The real triumph in Once a Marine is its previously untold, behind-the-scenes tale of the day-to-day life of a career Marine noncommissioned staff officer. In most books and movies, a "Gunny" is

May 6, 1986: Nick Popaditch arrives at the Receiving Barracks, Marine Corps Recruit Depot, San Diego, California. April 9, 2003: An AP photographer captures a striking image seen around the world of the Gunny Sergeant smoking a victory cigar in his tank, the haunting statue of Saddam Hussein hovering in the background. Popaditch is immortalized forever as "The Cigar Marine." April 6, 2004: The tanker fights heroically in the battle for Fallujah and suffers grievous head wounds that leave him legally blind and partially deaf. The USMC awards him with a Silver Star for his valor and combat innovation. April 18, 2004: "Gunny Pop" comes home to face the toughest fight of his life-a battle to remain the man and Marine he was. This is the central drama of Nick's inspiring memoir, Once a Marine: An Iraq War Tank Commander's Inspirational Memoir of Combat, Courage, and Recovery. Readers in and out of the military will stand up and cheer for this valiant Marine's Marine, a man who embodies everything noble and proud in the Corps' long tradition. Never has modern mechanized combat seemed so immediate and real, or the fight in Iraq seemed so human and worth believing in. At first, Nick fights to get back to where he was in Iraq-in the cupola of an M1A1 main battle tank, leading Marines in combat at the point of the spear. As the seriousness and permanence of his disabilities become more evident, Nick fights to remain in the Corps in any capacity, to help the brothers in arms he so aches to rejoin. Facing the inevitable following a medical retirement, he battles for rightful recognition and compensation for his permanent disabilities. Throughout his harrowing ordeal, Nick fights to maintain his honor and loyalty, waging all these battles the same way-the Marine way-because anything less would be a betrayal of all he holds dear. The real triumph in Once a Marine is its previously untold, behind-the-scenes tale of the day-to-day life of a career Marine noncommissioned staff officer. In most books and movies, a "Gunny" is
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May 6, 1986: Nick Popaditch arrives at the Receiving Barracks, Marine Corps Recruit Depot, San Diego, California. April 9, 2003: An AP photographer captures a striking image seen around the world of the Gunny Sergeant smoking a victory cigar in his tank, the haunting statue of Saddam Hussein hovering in the background. Popaditch is immortalized forever as "The Cigar Marine." April 6, 2004: The tanker fights heroically in the battle for Fallujah and suffers grievous head wounds that leave him legally blind and partially deaf. The USMC awards him with a Silver Star for his valor and combat innovation. April 18, 2004: "Gunny Pop" comes home to face the toughest fight of his life-a battle to remain the man and Marine he was. This is the central drama of Nick's inspiring memoir, Once a Marine: An Iraq War Tank Commander's Inspirational Memoir of Combat, Courage, and Recovery. Readers in and out of the military will stand up and cheer for this valiant Marine's Marine, a man who embodies everything noble and proud in the Corps' long tradition. Never has modern mechanized combat seemed so immediate and real, or the fight in Iraq seemed so human and worth believing in. At first, Nick fights to get back to where he was in Iraq-in the cupola of an M1A1 main battle tank, leading Marines in combat at the point of the spear. As the seriousness and permanence of his disabilities become more evident, Nick fights to remain in the Corps in any capacity, to help the brothers in arms he so aches to rejoin. Facing the inevitable following a medical retirement, he battles for rightful recognition and compensation for his permanent disabilities. Throughout his harrowing ordeal, Nick fights to maintain his honor and loyalty, waging all these battles the same way-the Marine way-because anything less would be a betrayal of all he holds dear. The real triumph in Once a Marine is its previously untold, behind-the-scenes tale of the day-to-day life of a career Marine noncommissioned staff officer. In most books and movies, a "Gunny" is

Language:

English

Narrators:

Mike Steere, Denny Delk

Length:

14h 3m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

08:16


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

17:04


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

13:52


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

12:02


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

10:17


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

17:30


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

13:01


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

09:21


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

16:31


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

11:38


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

12:25


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

08:09


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

10:54


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

13:39


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

14:32


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

15:29


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

10:43


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

12:04


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

19:47


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

15:55


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

14:12


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

15:22


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

10:29


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

08:28


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

12:34


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

13:40


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

17:54


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

10:23


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

11:42


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

16:13


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

18:55


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

13:46


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

20:26


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

12:59


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

08:23


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

19:35


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

11:23


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

17:04


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

09:48


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

18:18


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

11:29


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

17:02


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

15:11


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

09:21


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

13:32


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

14:54


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

12:00


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

17:08


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

20:27


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

19:27


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

18:33


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

08:35


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

15:19


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

06:22


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

24:23


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

15:02


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

09:21


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

09:38


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

25:16


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

07:56


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

08:18