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The Morenci Marines


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Kyle Longley is the Snell Family Dean's Distinguished Professor of History and Political Science at Arizona State University, USA and author of Grunts: The American Combat Soldier in Vietnam, Senator Albert Gore, Sr., The Sparrow and the Hawk: Costa Rica and the United States during the Rise of Jose Figueres, and In the Eagle's Shadow: The United States and Latin America.


"A well-researched and poignant narrative about young men from an Arizona mining community going, fighting, and some of them dying in the Vietnam War."--Journal of Arizona History
"Kyle Longley has produced something all too rare in the field of military history, not only a work that focuses on the soul of warfare--the reality of young men and their lives in a brutal environment--but also a work that eloquently addresses many of the main historiographical themes of the conflict, from race, to class, to societal motivation."--Andrew Wiest, author of The Boys of '67: Charlie Company's War in Vietnam

"A powerful, compelling story. Longley's The Morenci Marines illuminates the devastating impact of war on a small town."--George C. Herring, author of America's Longest War: The United States and Vietnam

"The Vietnam War touched the lives of many working class American communities, but none more than a small town in rural Arizona. Longley tells the gripping story of nine high school graduates, caught up in a wave of patriotic idealism, who became known as the 'Morenci Nine.' The story of those nine Marines, two-thirds of whom died in the flower of youth, is forever woven into the fabric of the close-knit mining town."--Marshall Trimble, author of Roadside History of Arizona

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