Author and U.S. Marine Combat Veteran
Interviewer: Laura Cross, Rebel Seed Studio
via telephone - Los Angeles/Virginia: December 5, 2019
Colonel Richard Camp entered the U.S. Marines in 1962 as an infantry officer, serving in the 1st Marine Brigade in Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii. He eventually served as company commander during his time in Vietnam, and would see action several times, particularly at the Battle of Khe Sanh. After 25 years with the Marines, he retired as a Colonel.
Dick Camp is the author of Operation Phantom Fury: The Assault and Capture of Fallujah, Iraq and Lima-6, his memoir as a Marine infantry company commander at Khe Sanh.
He has written several books including:
The Devil Dogs at Belleau Wood,
Battleship Arizona’s Marines at War,
Iwo Jima Recon,
Shadow Warriors: The Untold Stories of American Special Operations During WWII,
Last Man Standing: The 1st Marine Regiment on Peleliu,
Boots on the Ground: The Fight to Liberate Afghanistan from Al-Qaeda and the Taliban, 2001-2002,
Assault from the Sky: U.S Marine Corps Helicopter Operations in Vietnam, and
Battle for the City of the Dead: In the Shadow of the Golden Dome, Najaf, August 2004.
He is the author of Leatherneck Legends: Conversations with the Marine Corps’ Old Breed and has published more than 60 articles in various military-oriented magazines, including Vietnam, World War II, Marine Corps Gazette, and Leatherneck.
Camp is the former vice president for museum operations at the Marine Corps Heritage Foundation, overseeing the National Museum of the Marine Corps in Triangle, Virginia.
About the Book
The Second Battle for Fallujah, dubbed Operation Phantom Fury, took place over an almost two-month period, from November 7 to December 23, 2004. The Marine Corps’ biggest battle in Iraq to date, it was so prolonged and fierce that it has entered the pantheon of USMC battles alongside Iwo Jima, Inchon, and Hue City. The book Operation Phantom Fury: The Assault & Capture of Fallujah, Iraq offers an in-depth, intimate look into the single most significant battle undertaken during the occupation of Iraq.
The author, Dick Camp, conducted personal interviews with combatants, from the division commander in charge of the operation down to Marine infantrymen who did the fighting. The result is a rare firsthand account of the brutal reality of the war in Iraq, how this battle for a key city was fought, and how such a crucial battle looks from positions of command and from the thick of the fight.
“When Dick Camp writes about Marines, he does so from the heart. Operation Phantom Fury is in the top tier of books about Marines at war.” – Eric Hammel, author of Marines in Hue City and The Root: The Marines in Beirut
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