Books: Retelling Marines

Retelling the Marines

RED PANTS—John W. Thomason Jr.—Scribner's ($2.50). A hurried Kipling, a carelessly capable War correspondent, Artist-Author-Captain Thomason writes about marines and soldiers, sailors and adventurers on the hot coasts of Cuba and in the lively fields of France. Exhibiting the scattered but emphatic vigor of exploding shrapnel, his stories lack the controlled and deliberate, effectiveness of heavier artillery.

The title piece is less a story than an impressionistic anecdote. It ironically details the slender history of a nameless Negro in an overseas battalion who was caught filching food from another...

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