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LZ Sitting Duck: The Fight for FSB Argonne


Signed copies will be available following John Arsenault LtCol USMC (ret) and Thomas Gourneau's recording on Pritzker Military Presents on November 2nd, 2021 at 5:30 CST.


The stories of war and survival told by the Marines that were there "What shines through from this bare-knuckled, furious battle is the core ethos. It comes though loud and clear when you read chapter after chapter in different voices. These Marines had no battlefield prep, no intelligence, no cohesive leadership. What held them together was the Marine spirit. There was nothing else. Wow! What an epic fight!" - Bing West, author of The Last Platoon and The Village

LZ Sitting Duck shows battle from the bottom up. In personal statements it captures the chaos, bravery, confusion, fear, and fighting spirit of Marines of the First Battalion Fourth Marines who fought a fierce hill battle with regular North Vietnamese Army forces in March of 1969. Readers will learn about combat down in the dirt at the very tip of the spearpoint." - Karl Marlantes, author of Matterhorn and What's It Like To Go To War

About the Authors

Lieutenant Colonel John Arsenault United States Marine Corps (retired) served with Delta Company, 1st Battalion, 4th Marines, 3rd Marine Division from 1968-1969. He left the Marine Corps in 1970, briefly attended college, and worked in the television industry. He returned to the Marine Corps in 1985, rose through the enlisted and officer ranks, and retired as a Lieutenant Colonel in November 2008.

Thomas Gourneau entered the US Coast Guard in 2007 in Honolulu Hawaii and honorably discharged in 2011. Served as a machinery technician second class (MK2). While in the US Coast Guard was deployed to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill based in Pensacola FL. Received a superior performance award from vice commandant ADM John P Currier for duties performed keeping the cutters in operational status.