- By John Culbertson

13 Cent Killers: The 5th Marine Snipers in Vietnam

  • Title: 13 Cent Killers: The 5th Marine Snipers in Vietnam
  • Author: John Culbertson
  • ISBN: 9780345459145
  • Page: 114
  • Format: Paperback
  • Cent Killers The th Marine Snipers in Vietnam It s not easy to stay alive with a bounty on your head In a bullet cost thirteen cents and no one gave Uncle Sam a bigger bang for his buck than the th Marine Regiment Sniper Platoon So

    It s not easy to stay alive with a 1,000 bounty on your head In 1967, a bullet cost thirteen cents, and no one gave Uncle Sam a bigger bang for his buck than the 5th Marine Regiment Sniper Platoon So feared were these lethal marksmen that the Viet Cong offered huge rewards for killing them Now noted Vietnam author John J Culbertson, a former 5th Marine sniper hims It s not easy to stay alive with a 1,000 bounty on your head In 1967, a bullet cost thirteen cents, and no one gave Uncle Sam a bigger bang for his buck than the 5th Marine Regiment Sniper Platoon So feared were these lethal marksmen that the Viet Cong offered huge rewards for killing them Now noted Vietnam author John J Culbertson, a former 5th Marine sniper himself, presents the riveting true stories of young Americans who fought with bolt rifles and bounties on their heads during the fiercest combat of the war, from 1967 through the desperate Tet battle for Hue in early 68.In spotter shooter pairs, sniper teams accompanied battle hardened Marine rifle companies like the 2 5 on patrols and combat missions Whether fighting their way out of a Viet Cong kill zone or battling superior numbers of NVA crack troops, the sniper teams were at the cutting edge in the art of jungle warfare, showing the patience, stealth, combat marksmanship, and raw courage that made the unit the most decorated regimental sniper platoon in the Vietnam War Harrowing and unforgettable, these accounts pay tribute to the heroes who made the greatest sacrifice of all and leave no doubt that among 5th Marine snipers uncommon valor was truly a common virtue.

    1 thought on “13 Cent Killers: The 5th Marine Snipers in Vietnam

    1. this is a "B-list" war book, meaning that it's not terrible C-quality slop but it falls short of being one of those amazing A-list books like Stalingrad or The Fall of Berlin or Lone Survivor. I mean, if you just look at the cover of this book, it doesn't have the absolute 'finesse' quality of the big-5 publishers; it's merely a competent design that somehow doesn't seem quite Barnes & Noble display quality. so, actually--judge the book by the cover.overall Culbertson displays competence and [...]

    2. Imagine yourself being in a jungle; surrounded by people who are trying to kill you. You have to survive with nothing but your comrades and your rifle. The young men that fought in the fifth sniper division in Vietnam must have been terrified. The Vietnam War was one of the first wars to use snipers in the way that it did. Snipers were used as “combat Multipliers” to not only kill enemies, but to strike fear into their hearts. The men were paired with a rifle division and were sent out on ni [...]

    3. As I'm still reading this book I have put it off for many years. This book has my Grandfather in it, he was a 5th marine scout sniper. I am currently striving to become a Scout Sniper, as I am enlisted as an Infantry men in the US Marine Corps. I plan to serve my country proud and to make my Grandfather proud as he died of Melanoma in january of 2007. I didn't get to talk to him about joining the Marines, which breaks my heart for I had many questions to ask him. I was turning 11 when he past an [...]

    4. I have read hundreds of books on the Vietnam War and I must say, while this book was okay, it was not great. There are so many more books out there about experiences in this conflict that are very well written and you are not able to put down. This book has a lot of repeating stories, a lot of monotone writing. And a lot of rah rah, we are the best out there. To me the story should be told, not the self bravado written into this book. Let the reader form an opinion if there are any heroes in the [...]

    5. I have tremendous respect for the guys who went to Vietnam, although I was one of the ones who protested against it. Referred to by the author as the cowards back home and other such derogatory terms, it's easy to see his anger at the dissenters and his extreme camaraderie and love of the Marine Corps. His life was on the line everyday during his tour of duty, and the alliance of combat brothers was the only thing that mattered in their life or death struggle. This the author emphasized over and [...]

    6. Book about snipers in the Marine 5th Infantry in Vietnam. It was an interesting book; the format was different than other books I have read. As the author said, it was more about the stories of men as they remembered what happened being discussed in an informal setting. As a result, there was a bit of overlapping [as the author said would happen].I am not sure how informative the book was in terms of military actions, per se. Obviously, it discussed specific fights and some specific battles, but [...]

    7. Let me make one thing clear, first. I respect the men and women who went to Vietnam. I do not dispute that they sacrificed much, endured much, and that people back home didn't give them the support and acknowledgment they so desired.That being said, I was not impressed by this book. Maybe I've been spoiled by the combat memoirs of people like Paul Rieckhoff, Dwight Birdwell, Greg Boyington, and even Spike Milligan, but this book would've benefited from an editor. Had an editor been involved, thi [...]

    8. This book came to me while I was at a book store, just looking around. While doing that I found it, "13 cent killers". It looked good and so I bought it, and here is what it's about. 13 Cent Killers takes place during the Vietnam war, it's based on true facts and events fallowing the 5th marine snipers. This book is all about conflict mostly external. Because it's explaining the journey and hardships of the snipers during the duration of the Vietnam war. These men aren't just any sniper the most [...]

    9. This was a book that focused more on the names and less on the deeds of the men with whom the author served in the Vietnam war. A lot of pats on the back, impressive sounding nicknames, and claims of valor, with a few anecdotes parsed throughout the book. While the men who served in the 5th Marine snipers (and with all servicemen and -women) deserve appreciation for what they went through, for the most part this book skipped telling tales of bravery and courage and spent most of its time repeati [...]

    10. When he is actually telling stories about life during the war or in combat it is interesting. Unfortunately that is mixed in with political rants and repetition. It is more of short stories about different people's experiences written by the same person. He says at the beginning that there would be repetition, but it didn't make it any easier to take. It was a neat take on snipers real stories. These sniper teams were in the field following platoons on patrols. Their skills were used to disrupt [...]

    11. It's interesting, but the military jargon is difficult to wade through, even with the glossary in the back of the book.

    12. not one of my favorites by all means, but it was a quick read and i'm interested in military history so this fits the bill

    13. Sniper is badass, no doubt about it. Not a Pulitzer material but still worth to read.And also its exciting to read how they hate the mattel toy gun with its wimpy 5.56 bullet :)

    14. I read this book because my husband was a Marine during Vietnam and they trained hard to go there. This book about these Marine Snipers and how they were so good that they were feared was excellent.

    15. Good insight into life in the Vietnam War. It was almost as if each chapter was an essay, since he repeated some of the stories and a lot of the back ground information several times.

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