Corps 01, Semper Fi (Corps) by W.E.B. Griffin

By W.E.B. Griffin

The 1st Corps novel--the first Corps long island occasions bestseller. Semper Fi units the level for international conflict II and brings to existence the boys of the Marine Corps--their loves and their loyalties--as they metal themselves for conflict, and get ready to make the final word sacrifice.

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The prognosis was complete recovery, with return to full duty status in ten to fifteen days. Captain Banning found PFC McCoy in a two-bed infirmary room. He was sitting in a chair by the window, using the windowsill as a desk while he worked the crossword puzzle in the Shanghai Post. An issue cane was hanging from the windowsill. " Banning barked, when McCoy saw him and started to rise. " Banning could not remember ever having seen McCoy before, which was not that unusual. There were a number of young privates and PFCs in the 4th Marines who looked very much like PFC McCoy.

Mai Sing could also read and write, which wasn't always the case with Chinese girls. Before he had decided that he really didn't want a wife just yet-not even a temporary one-and sent Mai Sing back wherever the hell she had come from with two hundred dollars to-buy herself a husband, she had taught him not only to speak the Shanghai version of Cantonese, but how to read and write a fair amount of the ideograms as well. S. S. Consulate and taken it. S. Government was concerned, he was "completely fluent" in spoken and written French, which was as high a rating as they gave; "nearly fluent" in spoken and written Italian; "nearly fluent" in spoken Cantonese; and had a 75/55 grade in written Cantonese, which meant that he could read seventy-five percent of the ideograms on the exam, and could come up with the ideogram for a specific word more than half the time.

The tough part of it was "military engineering," which mostly meant math questions. He had a flair for math, and he thought it was likely that he hadn't missed a single question. But McCoy had more going for him. 45 and the Springfield. You got points for that, of course, and he would get them, because he was a pretty good shot. But you also got points if you could type sixty words per minute or better. When he took the test, he had been rated at seventy-five words a minute. He had kept that ability a secret before reenlisting, because he hadn't joined the Marine Corps to be a clerk.

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