The 8th Annual “Honor the Free Press Day”

The Marine Corps League of Naples invites you to 

The 8th Annual “Honor the Free Press Day”
When :   Wednesday, March 14, 2012
Where:  The Hilton Hotel, 511 Tamiami Trail North, Naples, FL
Doors open at 10:45 am and Luncheon is served promptly at 11:30 am.
Our honoree, Lt. Col. Francis J. “Bing” West, is a U.S. Marine combat veteran.  Having led over 100 combat patrols in Vietnam, he was inspired to write The Village, a classic story about counterinsurgency and on the required reading list of Commandants for 40 years.  The Marine Corps called upon Col. West to write their training manual Small Unit Action in Vietnam.  Later, as Assistant Secretary of Defense, he dealt with insurgencies in El Salvador during the Regan administration.  

Bestowed with numerous awards, Bing West is a brilliant chronicler of America’s past 9/11 wars.  His works include: The March Up, No time Glory, The Strongest Tribe and Pepperdogs.   The strength of West’s books on Iraq and Afghanistan is the legwork he’s done.  He didn’t write in the comfort of home or office, he made many trips and was in the dirt with the troops.  Now 70, Col. West went on patrols with the grunts, waded through canals, ran through fire fights and humped up mountains. 

His remarkable new book, The Wrong War, amounts to a crushing and seemingly irrefutable critique of the American plan in Afghanistan.  It should be read by anyone who wants to understand why the war there is so hard.   

When Bing is not embedded with the troops, he and his wife Betty live in Newport, RI.
Reservations by March 2, 2012 must be accompanied by a non-refundable check for $30.00, payable to MCL of Naples.  Forward checks with names to:
Marine Corps League, c/o Nick Marsit, P.O. Box 8982, Naples,, FL  34104
Sponsorships Welcome
Questions, please call 239-352-7611.  Tickets are not issued.  (Sorry, no walk-ins)

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