Baylaurel Press Baylaurel Press is an independent publishing firm in Mill Valley, California devoted to written material and photography about military history, dogs, and outdoor adventure on land and sea.

Bill Buchanan, author and principal of the firm, has written three books: Living with Brittanys: a Survival Guide; Full Circle: A Marine Rifle Company in Vietnam; and Fur Kids: A Life with Dogs. The author's experiences as a climber, backcountry skier, forest fire fighter, U.S. Marine, and Special Agent of the Federal Bureau of Investigation are reflected not only in the books, but in published articles and essays, some of which are available for review at Our Adventure Blog
  
 
 

I just got your book. I have read half of it already. Great stuff'you capture the essence of true leadership so that people like myself can read and learn. Thanks for your inspiration. Jim Etherton May 2, 2005

I thoroughly enjoyed your book, 'Full Circle.' I could really visualize the various infantry engagements as described outside of never having to duck bullets, living conditions of a field Marine remain unchanged; a very well-written memoir. Thank you for the opportunity to acquire a copy of your book. Semper Fidelis Joel Schwartz January 2, 2006
The book was great and gave a real description of war, with all of the confusion, horror, and drama (or lack of) that Marines faced. Thanks for putting it on paper and telling it a lot better than I ever could. Mary Steinbach G Company, 2n Battalion August 23, 2005

I just finished reading Full Circle. Thank you for making the effort to write this book. I've read a fair amount of books on our military involvement in Southeast Asia and your work is one of the best I've encountered. I really admire the courage and dedication our military personnel exhibited in that theater. Thank you for serving your country with such professionalism and valor. Adam Hughes December 8, 2004
I felt as though I was looking in the mirror as I read your book. The places you described were there two years later. Thanks for taking the time to write down your experiences. Robin L. Montgomery Marine Officer Chief of Police, Brookfield, CT

FULL CIRCLE  
A Marine Rifle Company in Vietnam
If you're in the hunt for leadership insights, and want to experience active combat duty from a 1st hand account; if you're a military history buff researching historically correct stories, an officer, platoon commander, or an enlisted man, or woman who's preparing for deployment, then this first-rate-memoir is for you.

Full Circle will captivate you with stories that jump off the page of conditions in the field and the horrors of combat experiences. Told with honesty, and a level of perspective and detail that escapes most people.

Even if you've never been in combat or on active duty, you'll find moving stories, written in a semi-documentary format style, that vividly brings to life the leadership examples and experiences of marines in jungle warfare.

'Upon landing at An Hoa, PFC Bill Gavin cheerfully recalled his triumphant return: "I was one of the first guys off the chopper. ... Then I realized that I didn't have any trousers on. All through the operation I was wearing the same pair of cotton utility trousers and they had just rotted right off, more and more each day. So there I am standing on the ramp before God, the general [General Nickerson], and everybody wearing my flak jacket, helmet, and two, maybe four white pockets, a few buttons and a belt. That's it." - From Full Circle

Full Circle isn't your typical outdated book on boring tactics; it's a powerfully written and very personal memoir of serving in G Company, 2nd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment in 1966 during the Vietnam War. Jarring, vivid, and unflinching in its presentation of battlefield tension, bloodshed, death, and the wry absurdities of a military life, Full Circle is a gripping and sometimes disturbing testimony charged with the power of unfiltered human experience.

'What shines through the pages of this book is a conviction that Marine infantry training, unit loyalty, and sheer determination of the rifleman will carry the day, whether the battlefield is Guadalcanal, Chosin Reservoir, Hue City, or Baghdad. Lt. Buchanan has brought us Full Circle in a most memorable way. Well done, Marine." - Colonel Mitchell Paige, USMC, Ret., Medal of Honor winner on Guadalcanal

Drift back to 1966 and follow columnist William Buchanan of G Company, 2nd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, on combat patrol through the jungles near the DMZ and the rice paddies of Quang Nam Province in Vietnam as they thrust and parry against their main adversaries, the North Vietnamese Army and the R 20 Main Force Viet Cong Battalion.



More to explore: Alan Waugh has compiled an excellent historical CD of the United States Marine Corps at An Hoa Combat Base in Quang Nam Province from 1966 through 1971. The CD introduces the reader to all the participants - both US and VC/NVA - who fought in the rice fields, villages, and neighboring mountains. Visit Site

 




 
 
       
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