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The title of my book is Dear Mom A Snipers Vietnam The authors name is Joseph T Ward Ward grew up in a town very much like Monroeville He and his friends didnt know what they were going to do after high school so they joined the marines The biography is written about Joseph T Ward He was hard working and intelligent person He was presented in the book as a person who liked to party and a great marine Joseph had the characteristics of a natural born leader The only other truly major character in the book was Sergeant Graves Although Graves did make excellent soldiers out of his men he put Joseph Ward and his fellow troops through what I think is torture He was an alcoholic that seemed to actually like Ward despite his aggressive disposition He and Ward eventually see each other again during the war The book starts with Joseph and his friends in his hometown partying and wondering what they are going to do They decide on joining the marines After they join they are split up into different sections Joseph trains under Drill Sergeant Graves Joseph graduates from the marines with honors and has his choice of selecting in which section he will specialize He decides to enter sniper school After receiving high marks in sniper school Joseph is called into service in Vietnam Joseph spends a great deal of time in the jungle of Vietnam which he calls the bush He quickly rises through the ranks and eventually become a Lance Corporal He is wounded by a piece of shrapnel in his leg and receives a Purple Heart He is then made the leader of a large group of soldiers After spend time as a leader he is sent home My favorite occurrence in the novel was when a fellow soldier committed suicide on the firing range near Joseph Ward The soldier had put the muzzle of
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