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Clif Cormier

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Captain Clif Cormier, USMC (ret.) joined the United States Marine Corps in 1938. In 1942, Clif Cormer was assigned to the newly created 3rd Marine Division.  During World War Two, he saw service with the 3rd Marine Division at Bougainville, Guam and Iwo Jima.  Just prior to the landing on Bougainville, then Gunnery Sergeant Cormier was promoted to Warrant Officer.  His military career spanned 22 years and ended with his retirement from the Marine Corps in 1959.  After his retirement, at the age of 40, he went to college and took a journalism job at the Gainesville Sun. He would work for the newspaper for nearly three decades, retiring as an editor.  Captain Clif Cormier is the author of A Postcard from Joseph.


The MOAA said of A Postcard from Joseph, “This is an autobiography, written in the third person by Cormier as Joseph. It is an account of his growing up in Louisiana and his description of World War II battles and life in the military as he experienced them during his career as a Marine.”

A Postcard from Joseph
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One reader of A Postcard from Joseph said, “Captain Clif Cormier was my Battery Commander, at Hotel Battery 3rd. Battalion 10th Marines when I was a young 2nd Lt. in 1959. I found him to be an outstanding leader, firm but fair with those who served under him.  I was fortunate to receive one of his books directly from Captain Cormier and am ordering 2 more for my children to read. It is a story of what it was like growing up in the depression and being a Marine through World War II, Korea, the peacetime Marines and what opportunities retirement can bring.


When Captain Cormier retired, his officers pooled their money (which we didn't have much of) and bought him a second hand typewriter. We knew he would be as good a journalist as he was a Marine and we wanted to show our respect for him. I recommend this book for all who have served in the Military, those who love history, and those who just like a good story about a real life hero.

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