Victor Harold Krulak (January 7, – December 29, ) was a decorated United States Marine Corps officer who saw action in World War II, Korea and Vietnam. Krulak, considered a visionary by fellow Marines, was the author of First to Fight: An Inside View of the U.S. Marine Corps and. Marine general Victor “Brute” Krulak offers here a riveting insiders’s chronicle of U.S. Marines – their fights on the battlefield and off, and their extraordinary esprit. SUBJECT: First to Fight is about Lieutenant General Victor H. Krulak’s personal experiences in the Marine Corps, and his ideas and opinions on how he views.

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Trivia About First firsst Fight: That said, this book was surprisingly entertaining for the simple fact that it was not written like the average military history book, but took a rather more conversational tone.

Krulak served in the US Marine Corps from todistinguishing himself in a career that spanned three wars. Very enlightening and inspirational read.

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Owner’s name on inside. This book presented the guts, the glory, the unvarnished plus year history of the Marine Corps, arguably one of the greatest combat fighting forces in American if not world or intergalactic history. A great book that I couldn’t put down.

Figut Distinguished Service Medal. Naval Academy’s Distinguished Graduate award, which honors alumni who have “provided a lifetime of service to the nation or armed forces, have made significant and distinguished contributions to the nation via their public service and have demonstrated a strong interest in supporting the Navy or Marine Corps and the United States Naval Academy. A lot of interesting krualk on the struggles and history of the United States Marine Corps.

The first half of this book is, frankly, a dry read.

First to Fight: An Inside View of the U.S. Marine Corps

View all 3 comments. While it does describe some of the conflicts in which Marines participated, these descriptions are used more to illustrate the development of the Corps’ basic values. Firzt officer getting ready to serve in a joint assignment with the Marine Corps. Bronze Star with “V” device.


Victor H. Krulak

Examples from these chapters the most interesting, by the way are things like how thrifty and inventive Marines are. After all the book is now 25 years old.

Jun 10, Jamon marked it as to-read. He then breaks down the Marine Corps from specific angles that isolate it’s strengths and how it hy different and unique from other services.

The only argument that I could cobble together is that the Army ktulak terrible at maintaining readiness when a fight isn’t expected so the Marine Corps is necessary because in its insecurity it will always train for cheap and never push back when given an impossible task, no matter figh consequences. A truly awful book in so many ways. The worst part of the whole thing is that the author purports to explain why the Marine Corps should continue to exist despite all the efforts to get rid of it but he never gives any hard answers.

Jun 27, Joshua Greer rated it did not like it. No previous ownership marks. During this period, American military advisors were providing assistance to the South Vietnamese in their war against krulka Viet Cong.

But during those years of excess too after the war the Marines did nothing extraordinary, in the eyes of congress and top military leaders, that the Army could not do also. Naval Order of the United States. This book helps explain why the Marine Corps is different than the Army. First To Fight 2 56 Nov 30, And too single most striking thing I took away from the book is flght many times others have tried to disband this merry “band of brothers” Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.

The Corps is in a sense like a primitive tribe where each generation has its medicine men—keepers of the tribal mythology, protectors of the tribal customs, firsh guardians of the tribal standards. Vandegrift, Ellis, and Edson fighting for the institutional survival of the Corps, Higgins and Roebling with their amphibious assault vehicles, William Hill with his extraordinary quatermastering, and humbly Krulak for his determination to make the Marines into an ever-ready fighting force.


No dust jacket as issued. I purchased the book without my usual background research on whether or not the book was worthy of the mon After having served in the Corps for what must have been eight years or so, an edict from on high came down that all Marines, of every rank, were required to read this book.

FIRST TO FIGHT: An Inside View of the U.S. Marine Corps. | Marine Corps Association

The couple had three children. Krulak was commissioned a U. When large enemy units were encountered then General Westmoreland’s overwhelming firepower should be employed.

Sep 19, Lisa rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: Marines who have to read it, and military enthusiasts. Otherwise don’t bother, it’s just poorly written propaganda.

Used – Very Good. I was surprised while reading this just how much the Corps had to fight to stay alive. While Tomas Ricks gives the reader a deeper understanding of the Marine Krula, and its unique culture through the story vuctor a single platoon at Parris Island, Krulak delivers an extraordinary tour of history responsible for the Corps’ culture we see today.

Jan 25, Savannah Carpenter rated it liked it. How on earth could one book appeal to every rank in the Corps?

To all Marines, past, present, and future, and all those who respect them, and all those who are protected by them, The New York Times. This website is not an official U. Russell Books Ltd Condition: Refresh and try again.