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An Iraq War Tank Commander's Inspirational Memoir of Combat, Courage, and Recovery

Nick Popaditch and Mike Steere

Format: Hardcover, 336 pages
Price: $25.00
ISBN: 978-1-932714-47-0
eBook: 978-1-61121-037-8
On Sale: October 2008

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Praise for Once a Marine

"For a rough & tough Marine Gunnery Sergeant, Popaditch has written a brutally honest, yet incredibly moving story of his life as a Marine, and how the Marine Corps has prepared him for life afterwards. Recommended? Absolutely!"

- Andrew Lubin,,
Military Writers Society of America

"Author Gunny Sergeant Nick Popaditch, a Silver Star recipient and the subject of the world-famous AP photo, has penned what must surely be classed as among the best personal memoirs of any combat soldier in recent memory. Once a Marine is an in-your-face blast of raw emotion and realism that will strike a raw nerve and keep you up at night. This autobiography of combat, courage, and recovery should be required reading for every American, young and old, who yearns to grasp the true cost of freedom."

- Caspar Weinberger Jr.,,
Military and Current Affairs Columnist

"Courage, fortitude, and the refusal to surrender permeate Once a Marine."

- ForeWord Magazine

"Here is a story of one Marine who could truly inspire our entire country. Gunny Sergeant Popaditch tells a story that every American should read to understand and respect the military serving our country. It will bring tears to your eyes one minute and a hearty laugh the next. Your admiration for this Marine, our military heroes and their families, grows stronger with each turning of the page. My deepest gratitude to the brave men and women who serve to protect America."

- Congressman Brian P. Bilbray

"America has always been blessed by wonderful, patriotic, and often anonymous men and women who have sacrificed so much in defense of liberty and freedom. Once a Marine, Gunny Sergeant Nick Popaditch’s heart-wrenching and inspiring memoir, puts a name and a face on this sacrifice. Every American should read this book to remind them of what these brave warriors of freedom endure on our behalf."

- Congressman Bob Filner,
Chairman of the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs

"Gunny Popaditch’s story is as inspiring as it is dramatic. This wounded warrior suffered grievous injuries -- an RPG to the head! -- but refused to give up on life, even when his wounds forced him out of the Corps. Once A Marine is a ‘must read’ story of one of today’s real heroes."

- Jerry D. Morelock, PhD,
Colonel, U. S. Army (Ret), Editor in Chief, Armchair General magazine

"If you want an honest answer, ask a Marine. If you want an honest view of a war, ask a Marine gunnery sergeant. Nick Popaditch’s transcendent memoir of military service and its personal consequences should be read by every one of our nation’s political leaders--to help them understand the incomparable quality of those who fight on the front lines. Read this inspiring story, recommend it to friends--and send a copy to your member of Congress!"

- Ralph Peters,
author of Looking For Trouble and Wars Of Blood And Faith

"Gunny Popaditch’s story makes me incredibly proud to have worn the same uniform. Without intending to, Once a Marine articulates life in the modern Marine Corps more clearly than anything I’ve read. No blindly loyal fanatic, Popaditch candidly acknowledges the bullshit, yet artfully captures the inimitable spirit of camaraderie and commitment that makes the Marine Corps unique. An extraordinarily motivating and compellingly honest book, it made me pine for my own long-finished Marine Corps career."

- Jay A. Stout, LtCol USMC (Ret),
author of Hammer from Above and Slaughter at Goliad

"A riveting and inspirational story of the consummate professional warrior. It is impossible to read Once a Marine without being proud of our military and grateful that our Nation produces men like Gunnery Sergeant Nick Popaditch."

- Major Michael F. Nugent, US Army (Ret),
co-author of One Continuous Fight: The Retreat From Gettysburg and the Pursuit of Lee’s Army July 4-14, 1863

"‘Gunny Pop’ Popaditch’s courageous memoir of his life in and out of the Marine Corps is intelligently written and imbued with a brazen honesty rarely found elsewhere. His personal courage—and that of his wife, April—gives the term “home of the brave” an entirely new meaning."

- Sgt. Michael Volkin,
author of The Ultimate Basic Training Guidebook: Tips, Tricks, and Tactics for Surviving Boot Camp


Nick Popaditch

Nick Popaditch enlisted in the Marine Corps in 1986. While commanding a tank, he was wounded in Fallujah, Iraq in 2004. Nick was medically retired from the Marines in 2005 at the rank of Gunnery Sergeant...

Mike Steere

Mike Steere is an author and freelance journalist based in Los Angeles. His most recent book-length collaboration is Brothers of Iron (Sports Publishing LLC) and he has written for Outside, The New York Times, Mens Journal, Wired, and many national publications...

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