Ooorah!

Biography of a Marine Icon: Sergeant Major Bill “Ooorah” Paxton

by Gregg Stoner


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Softcover
$27.95
Hardcover
$37.95
Softcover
$27.95

Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 8/12/2010

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 444
ISBN : 9781450241892
Format : Hardcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 444
ISBN : 9781450241878

About the Book

Bill Paxton knew he wanted to be a marine the day his family buried his dad, a marine who had been killed while fighting the Japanese during the Pacific campaign of World War II. His drill instructor in boot camp had a significant impact on him and would later be the focus of the movie The DI. His early years in the marines formed the basis for his successful career; he twice served as a drill instructor and had two tours of duty in Vietnam as a grunt. His impact on all who he came in contact with was evident in the drive that pushed Ken Norton, his former recruit, to become the Boxing Heavyweight Champion of the World. Paxton received the Bronze Star for heroic actions in Vietnam and was also awarded several Purple Heart Medals for wounds he received in battle. Having achieved the rank of sergeant major, he retired from active duty after thirty years; still, he proudly says, “Retired, but still active!” He has become an icon in the marines and is one of the most well-known marines in the San Diego area.


About the Author

Gregg Stoner became a Marine Corps drill instructor nineteen months after entering the Marines. He has published two books about the marines, The Yellow Footprints to Hell and Back and Echoes from the Halls. He is currently secretary on the Board of Directors of the West Coast Drill Instructor Association.