Chatfield, Gail

Gail Chatfield’s father was a Marine on Bougainville, Guam and Iwo Jima; a favorite cousin was a Marine in Viet Nam. Her father never talked about the war to his daughter; the cousin wrote her lengthy, detailed letters. The two men fought different wars but shared the same Marine esprit de corps. Curious about what her father would have experienced in those island battles, Gail began attending the Iwo Jima veterans’ annual reunions at Camp Pendleton. Listening to the veterans’ stories of selfless heroism, unspeakable horror, battlefield humor and life-long Marine Corps values inspired her to preserve their personal narratives. Gail is a native of Southern California and received her Bachelor’s Degree from San Diego State University courtesy of the G.I. Bill.

A degree in Anthropology, the study of man and the role that culture exerts on individuals or groups, thoroughly prepared her for working in the exotic, fertile fields of the entertainment industry in Los Angeles. Positions at AFTRA, the William Morris Agency and for nearly a decade the personal assistant to Farrah Fawcett, confirmed the theory that nothing beats reality for a good story.

Currently living in San Diego with her husband, Chatfield is a freelance writer and editorial columnist for the North County Times. She is an member of the Military Writers Society of America, American Historical Association and associate member of the Third Marine Division Association.


posted Dec 19, 2012, 11:01 AM by VWG SDcounty   [ updated Dec 19, 2012, 11:01 AM by Michael Wood ]

"The veterans Gail Chatfield interviewed spoke for themselves in their own words in this wonderful, compelling and personal history of war.  I loved the book.  I learned about the “Iwo Jima experience” in a way I could never have imagined before reading it. [read more]
- Michael D. "Moon" Mullins, MWSA Reviewer (August 2009)

By Dammit, We’re Marines! is a must-read for anyone who wants to understand what it means to be a Marine in combat. This book will make you laugh and cry and swell your heart with pride for those Marines who made the ultimate sacrifice in the most unforgettable battles that are now a part of the great history of the world’s finest fighting force…The United States Marines!. [read more]
- First Sergeant Patrick M. Tracy, USMC, Author of "Street Fight in Iraq"

What is it that makes Marines different? Marines know what it is but can’t quite explain it. To them it is very real and precious—perhaps the defining force in their lives.
“By Dammit, We’re Marines!” comes as close as any book or study I have read in ‘catching’ what it is that makes that difference. [read more]
- Major General Wilbur F. Simlik, USMC Ret."

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