Guns Up!

  • by Johnnie M. Clark
  • Narrated by Jimmy Starace
  • 1 hrs and 58 mins
  • Abridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

This gut-wrenching firsthand account of the war is a classic in the annals of Vietnam literature."Guns Up!" was the battle cry that sent machine gunners racing forward with their M60s to mow down the enemy, hoping that this wasn't the day they would meet their deaths. Marine Johnnie Clark heard that the life expectancy of a machine gunner in Vietnam was seven to 10 seconds after a firefight began. Johnnie was only 17 when he got there, at the height of the bloody Tet Offensive at Hue, and he quickly realized the grim statistic held a chilling truth.The Marines who fought and bled and died were ordinary men, many still teenagers, but the selfless bravery they showed day after day in a nightmarish jungle war made them true heroes. Guns Up! contains updated information about those harrowing battles. It is a tribute to the raw courage and sacrifice of the United States Marines.


What the Critics Say

"A tough, no-nonsense portrayal of combat, courage, and camaraderie." (Oliver L. North)


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I love this Book

I haven't heard the Audio book but I read the book and I love it it depicts war as it is and it shows it through the eyes of a gunner which of coarse are only suppose to live for 7.5 seconds once a fire fight broke out but Johnnie and his friend Chan got through it a must read for any war buff out there especially the Vietnam ones.
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- Toni

Guns Up The real deal.

As a machine gunner with Charlie Company 1st bn 3rd Marines 68-69, and having been medevaced back to St Albans Naval hospital I can totally relate to every word Johnnie wrote. This book is the brutal truth about what a Marine Grunt experiences in the bush in combat. This is a no BS story about what it's like. My unit was in An Hoa for operation Taylor Common, I might have passed Johnnie at An Hoa which was the rear that we didn't stay at for very long, we got hot chow a shower and then back out to the Bush. I highly recommend this book if you want to know the real deal about what it's like for a Marine Grunt in combat. I live in Florida, I hope I can make contact with Johnnie. Semper Fi.
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- John OBrien

Book Details

  • Release Date: 03-22-2002
  • Publisher: Random House Audio