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Most Marines know that the leathernecks of 2d Battalion, Fourth Marine Regiment are known as "The Magnificent Bastards." That title originated in 1965 with the battalion's arrival in Vietnam. They gained honor and glory a couple of years later at the Battle of Dai Do under the leadership of then-Lieutenant Colonel William "Wild Bill" Weise.
Now a retired brigadier general, Weise is the central figure in One Magnificent Bastard
. BGen Weise is a perfect example of why the relationship between Marine Corps leaders and the men they lead is so powerful. Intuitively, he knows that Marines will accomplish what is expected of them, and that Marines excel when challenged. Marines seek great leadership, and Bill Weise provided that in a long, illustrious active-duty career and continues to provide that dynamic leadership today. This is his story.
Throughout his 31-year career, he challenged himself and his Marines to excel in their preparation for success in combat. At the small village of Dai Do in Vietnam, his leadership skills were put to the supreme test. Chapters 6, 7 and 8 of this book describe the incredible odds that Weise's battalion landing team faced during a three-day period against the 320th NVA Division. The price of this book is worth it for these three chapters alone.An easy, well-paced, engrossing read, One Magnificent Bastard
will be enjoyed by Marine families as well as military men and women of all services.
As a tribute to BGen Weise and his commitment to the Marines and families of "The Magnificent Bastards," the net proceeds from book sales will be used to place bricks along the trails through the Semper Fidelis Memorial Park at the National Museum of the Marine Corps and Heritage Center in Triangle, Va., with the names of each 2/4 Marine killed in action over the years.
- Review by MGySgt James W. Rogers, USMC (Ret)