Journey of a Warrior

Col Gerald Turley, USMC (Ret.) visited The MARINE Shop Thursday, Nov. 15 at Marine Corps Base Quantico to sign copies of his newly released book "The Journey of a Warrior."

Col Gerald Turley, USMC (Ret.) visited The MARINE Shop Thursday, Nov. 15 at Marine Corps Base Quantico to sign copies of his newly released book "The Journey of a Warrior."

Reviewed in the September edition of Leatherneck, the book describes the life and leadership of the 29th Commandant of the Marine Corps General Alfred Gray, USMC (Ret.) Rather than a complete biography, author Turley focuses the book during Gray’s higher ranking years and his time as the Corps’ highest ranking officer. Turley coins Gray as the “Education Commandant” because of the significant advances Gray made in training and knowledge to prepare the Marine Corps for a new future of warfare.

“What he said is the world is changing and the Marine Corps must change,” Turley said. “…He designed training programs to take the Marine Corps into the 21st century…he made a difference.”

Dozens of visitors arrived at The MARINE Shop to buy a personally autographed copy of the book and to talk with Turley about the book’s former Commandant of the Marine Corps. Additional copies with Turley’s signature are still available at The MARINE Shop in Quantico Town. Copies of Turley’s first book, “The Easter Offensive,” are also for sale at the shop.

Before the signing, Leatherneck editor Walt Ford interviewed Turley about the book that reflects the former Commandant’s impact on the future of the Corps.

“It’s the story of a Marine’s Marine,” Ford said.