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Local author releases book on Marine Corps legend

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My thanks go out to those who have bought Accordion War: Korea 1951—Life and Death in a Marine Rifle Company.  Your support has enabled the book to make the Amazon Korean War best sellers list reaching the top ten a number of times.   

I am contacting you today to let you know I have a new book out on the Marine Corps legend Chesty Puller and his son Lewis Puller Jr.,  Puller: Thicker Than Water: The Story of Two Marines.

“Chesty” Puller, the most decorated marine in the history of the Corps, fought in every conflict from the Banana wars of Nicaragua to the Pacific campaign of World War II and finally to the bitter cold Chosin Reservoir of Korea, becoming for his courage in many battles a true legend.  The only thing Chesty loved more than the Corps was his family and chief among them was his son Lewis Puller Jr., the son he called “my immortality.”  The two men were very different, but a strong love bound them together.   To please his father Lewis joined the Corps during the Vietnam War, but after only two months in Vietnam he was blown apart by a booby trap rigged from an unexploded American artillery shell.  He survived the blast but lost both legs and suffered other grievous wounds.  In spite of his agonizing and painful wounds and difficult rehabilitation Lewis went on to become a father, earn a law degree and write his Pulitzer Prize winning autobiography, Fortunate Son.   

Sadly, however, after years of struggling with pain and battling alcoholism, Lewis took his own life.  He was one of the veterans who dedicated himself to making the Vietnam Memorial Wall a reality and visited it regularly where he would sit in his wheelchair with his reflection looking back at him from the black burnished granite. He always left behind a long-stemmed red rose in memory of those names on the wall and never forgot all the suffering that war had inflicted on his fellow vets, on his generation of Americans, and on the people of Vietnam. 

****Kindle eBook versions of my books with text-to-speech audio are available which can be read on any computer, tablet, e-reader, or smart phone by downloading the free Kindle app from Amazon. The Kindle versions are free for members of Amazon Prime.  To view them click on this link: Charles Hughes Books 

Semper Fi,    
Charles “Doc” Hughes 

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