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New Book: Short Rations for Marines

The caveat in contributing a story was that each writer must tell a true story about a Marine, a Fleet Marine sailor, or their dependent families.

Short Rations for Marines

(WASHINGTON DC) - Short Rations for Marines by Major Ralph Stoney Bates Sr., USMC (Ret) is an exquisite, easy to read, collection of 57 true stories authored by 34 very different writers that takes readers through a domain, not only of tragic historical significance, but also through humorous, often ridiculous incidents that flawlessly become antidotes for the conventional.

These stories characterize everyday life, in war and peace, of these extraordinary people who, collectively, make up the Corps of Marines.

Each story is told by the person who lived it or experienced it, or its aftermath. In this book, you will meet people and events that created, shaped or profoundly affected the world we occupy today.

These events unfold in numerous locations, and in all historical eras from World War I (the Great War) to the present.

Contributing author and Executive Editor, Major Ralph Stoney Bates Sr., USMC (Ret), has meticulously searched the globe for contributors to this Short Rations For Marines anthology, and found outstanding writers and story-tellers from all walks of life, occupations, and endeavors.

From Guam, Okinawa, Afghanistan, Kuwaiti, the Mediterranean Sea, Japan, and even an isolated, small Island in the South Pacific, from places stateside, and many other exotic and mundane locations, each story is told, and events recalled with remarkable clarity and heartfelt emotion.

Many of the writers are gifted journalist, and noted authors who are currently reaching for the peak of professional fulfillment, while other contributors (such as the executive editor), are venturing into the genesis of book authorship and publishing as novices.

The caveat in contributing a story was that each writer must tell a true story about a Marine, a Fleet Marine sailor, or their dependent families. All have succeeded in the mission of this book and excelled in their story-telling.


Bates served in combat (Vietnam) in 1967-68 as an infantry unit leader and as the commander of a criminal investigations detachment. As a captain, he served as the Marine Instructor with the U. S. Army Military Police School. As a major, he commanded the largest Military Police Department in the Marine Corps, the 600-person provost marshal’s office, MCB Camp Butler, in Okinawa, Japan. Major Bates completed the FBI National Academy (124th Session) while the Provost Marshal of the Marine Base at 29 Palms, California. He was selected for promotion to lieutenant colonel in 1981, but he elected to retire after 26 years of service. For more information visit our website: Website:

All contributors are, in the aftermath, gifted writers.

Read it, and you are assured to laugh, cry, smile, anger, reminisce, and/or cajole with the close of each chapter; therefore you will surely agree that these stories do evoke emotive responses on a wide scale.

Purchasing this book will not only fulfill your expectations and satisfy your curiosity, it will also assist non-profit organizations and/or groups dedicated to providing support to military veterans, especially those “Soldiers of the Sea” and their corpsmen, and their dependents affected by or injured by war.

Profits, from royalties generated for the executive editor, from the sale of this book, will go to organizations assisting with injured combat veterans, and their dependents, coping with, and recovering from war injuries, and/or combat deaths, plus other tragedies of warfare, conducted in behalf of the people of the United States of America.

Profits, from royalties, of the executive editor, will also be directed to a non-profit organization, and/or foundation, in order to assist in promoting and preserving the history, culture and tradition of the Corps of Marines, to whom, this book is devoted, and with whom the executive editor and contributing author has actively served.

In short, bluntly stated, two organizations/foundations will split the profits from royalties attained by the executive editor and contributing author generated by the sales of this book titled Short Rations for Marines.

Amanda Capps
Assistant Editor

Amanda Capps is a freelance writer and communications consultant. In addition to writing for a variety of regional and national periodicals, she owns and operates two marketing companies in Upstate South Carolina. Through Amanda Ink, Capps and her associates provide creative and promotional services for talented writers who seek professional and affordable assistance in the highly competitive publishing industry. With M3, Capps has enjoyed working in tourism promotion, political campaigns, and capital campaigns for nonprofits.

Ordering Information:

Price:  $15.06

Editor’s Note: Four of the published articles in Short Rations for Marines are written by Coral Anika Theill, Reporter for and Contributing Writer for Leatherneck Magazine.

Invisible Battle Scars:  Confronting the Stigma Associated with PTS & TBI” (originally published October 2011 in Leatherneck Magazine)

From Segregation to a Single Corps of 'Green Marines' (originally published June 19, 2012 at

United States Marine Corps Brings Leadership Courses to Wounded Warriors (originally published February 11, 2012 at

Exclusive Interview with USMC K-9 Combat Veteran MWD Sgt Beyco (originally published April 1, 2012 at


    Coral Anika Theill's published works address abuse and trauma recovery and most recently, wounded Marines and Montford Point Marines.  Her writings have encouraged and inspired numerous trauma victims and wounded Marines and service members recovering from PTS and TBI.

    Coral's positive insights as a survivor have also earned the respect of clinical therapists, advocates, professors and authors.  Coral’s memoir, BONSHEÁ Making Light of the Dark, has been used as a college text for nursing students at Linfield College, Portland, Oregon.  In July 2011 Coral received the Lester Granger Award from the National Montford Point Marine Association.  Her October 2011 Leatherneck Magazine article, "Invisible Battle Scars:  Confronting the Stigma Associated with PTS & TBI," is cited in the U.S. Army War College "Psychological Health Notes."  Website:



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