Short Rations for Marines

December 13th, 2013

Short Rations for Marines - is an exquisite, easy to read, collection of 57 true stories authored by 34 very different writers that takes readers through a domain, not only of tragic historical significance, but also through humorous, often ridiculous incidents that flawlessly become antidotes for the conventional. These stories characterize everyday life, in war and peace, of these extraordinary people who, collectively, make up the Corps of Marines.


Each story is told by the person who lived it or experienced it, or its aftermath. In this book, you will meet people and events that created, shaped or profoundly affected the world we occupy today. These events unfold in numerous locations, and in all historical eras from World War I (the Great War) to the present.

Contributing author and Executive Editor, Major Ralph Stoney Bates Sr., USMC (Ret), has meticulously searched the globe for contributors to this Short Rations For Marines anthology, and found outstanding writers and story-tellers from all walks of life, occupations, and endeavors. From Guam, Okinawa, Afghanistan, Kuwaiti, the Mediterranean Sea, Japan, and even an isolated, small Island in the South Pacific, from places stateside, and many other exotic and mundane locations, each story is told, and events recalled with remarkable clarity and heartfelt emotion.

A portion of the proceeds from each book sold will be donated to the Semper Fi Fund. Please visit the website for more information