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Book: The Man Who Rode the Thunder by Lt. Col. William H Rankin

Book Review: The Man Who Rode the Thunder by Lt. Col. William H Rankin

categories: Books, Biographies & Memoirs, Marine Corps

Author: William H Rankin
Publisher: Prentice-Hall

 Inspiration for Courage And Perseverence

Lt. Col. Rankin's book was the inspiration I needed at a critical time in my life. From childhood I always wanted to be a Marine. However, I was in a near fatal car accident (age 16) and did not know if I could pass the physical. After being under doctors care for five years the day came when I enlisted. The strength and courage that Lt Col Rankin demonstrated helped me keep the faith. I carried his book with me to the physical, which I passed.

I became a Force Recon Marine serving in Vietnam, 1965-66. Every jump I made sparked the memories of Lt. Col. Rankin's experience and the phrase, "Hang in There" took on a sacred meaning that I live with to this day. Semper Fi Colonel...

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