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John F. Farritor

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First Sergeant John F. Farritor, USMC (ret.), is the author of the autobiography Through it All.


According to the book description of Through it All, “This author's autobiography allows readers to experience a common but insightful man's journey through defining wars of the twentieth century, World War II and Korea, followed by post war adjustment and military service of the 50's and early 60's. Farritor's candid & humorous recollections usher us through time, in war and peace, adding color to the history that we already know by location, fact and date. Farritor spares no details, leading us from Guadalcanal, Guam, and Bougainville, Iwo Jima, the "Frozen Chosen" Reservoir in Korea, Hiroshima and back to the states again.


According to reader Pauline Hager, “In a homey, down-to-earth style, lst. Sgt. John Farritor (Ret.) recounts his fascinating experiences in the U.S. Marine Corps, starting with boot camp in San Diego in 1941. From this harrowing experience, he transports his readers to New Zealand and Guadalcanal. From there, we are taken to the beaches of Bougainville, Guam and Iwo Jima, describing these places as "...the baptism of fire for all and the last rites for some". From 1945 to 1947, Farritor sails on the USS Duluth to the Philippines, and then off to Shanghai, Tsingtao, China, Australia, and Hiroshima, Japan. From 1949 to 1951, this marine is off to war again, this time in Korea. Here he describes his participation in the Pusan Perimeter, Inchon Landing, and the Frozen Chosen Epic.


Despite writing about the living hell of war, this book is filled with humor and unforgettable characters, some honorable and some not-so-honorable. I had the privilege of meeting ex-marine John Farritor at a writers' conference in San Diego this past year. Although I was not concerned, he told me there were no four-letter words in his book, which was surprising coming from a marine, and true to his word, there were none. I would recommend this engrossing book to anyone, regardless of age or gender.”

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