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Shattered Glass: The Story of a Marine Embassy Guard [EPUB] ✷ Shattered Glass: The Story of a Marine Embassy Guard By Greg Matos – Natus-physiotherapy.co.uk What does life hold for you when you re a Marine Embassy Guard stationed in the Middle East In Shattered Glass, Sergeant Greg Matos answers that question Through his personal experiences as an enliste What The Story of a eBook ´ does life hold for you The Story PDF/EPUB å when you re a Marine Embassy Guard stationed in the Middle East In Shattered Glass, Sergeant Greg Matos answers that question Through his personal experiences as an enlisted Marine in the early s, evolving from boot recruit to decorated sergeant, Matos offers a compelling look at the diverse roles Marines play in today s war on terror Although he enters Shattered Glass: PDF \ the military with visions of glory and honor, Matos soon realizes the Marine Corps isn t always what it s cracked up to be Not everyone embraces the integrity and drive that Marines are known for, and at times, the mission takes a backseat to nightlife and romance Yet it is in upholding his mission as a Marine Embassy Guard to protect Americans in foreign countries that Glass: The Story PDF Í Matos encounters his greatest conflict On December the US Consulate Matos has been charged to protect is attacked by members of al Qaeda It is up to Matos, standing guard at Post One, to orchestrate the defense of his fellow Americans The events of that day leave an indelible mark on his psyche, and in the aftermath he must find a way to accept the rightness of his actions and move forward Matos s story illustrates the complexities of life in the military, where men and women are tasked with being trained killers as well as human beings The emotional struggles that Matos reveals are common to many, and the final reconciliation he finds an understanding of what it means to serve your country with honor is empowering.


10 thoughts on “Shattered Glass: The Story of a Marine Embassy Guard

  1. Judith Judith says:

    Shattered Glass the Story of a Marine Embassy Guard by Greg Matos is the memoir of a young man who came of age as a Marine Security Guard, and came under fire protecting the American Embassy in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia Before 9 11, motivated to prove himself in a demanding and highly respected military role, he put his college education on hold and enlisted in the U.S Marines Born the beloved only son in a Portuguese American family in Bristol, RI, Matos drove himself to excel, drawn by the chal Shattered Glass the Story of a Marine Embassy Guard by Greg Matos is the memoir of a young man who came of age as a Marine Security Guard, and came under fire protecting the American Embassy in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia Before 9 11, motivated to prove himself in a demanding and highly respected military role, he put his college education on hold and enlisted in the U.S Marines Born the beloved only son in a Portuguese American family in Bristol, RI, Matos drove himself to excel, drawn by the challenges, the ideals, and the international service of the Marine Corps His trial by fire, the Al Qaeda attack on the embassy in Jeddah, was a turning point in his life leading, eventually, to a mature understanding of his own calling


  2. Ben East Ben East says:

    I picked up Greg Matos Shattered Glass The Story of a Marine Embassy Guard with a narrow purpose I wanted to read about the December 2004 attack on the U.S Consulate in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia I wanted to know what it felt like to be the Marine standing Post when five heavily armed terrorists stormed our compound, killing and wounding colleagues in the course of an hours long siege I wanted to know how it felt to be responsible for protecting scores of U.S and foreign diplomatic personnel ser I picked up Greg Matos Shattered Glass The Story of a Marine Embassy Guard with a narrow purpose I wanted to read about the December 2004 attack on the U.S Consulate in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia I wanted to know what it felt like to be the Marine standing Post when five heavily armed terrorists stormed our compound, killing and wounding colleagues in the course of an hours long siege I wanted to know how it felt to be responsible for protecting scores of U.S and foreign diplomatic personnel serving the United States at a time when anti American sentiment had reached new heights, thanks to the invasion of Iraq and protracted insurgency that followed.What I found, in the end, was a heartfelt, deeply personal narrative that delivers those intense insights, and so much .The memoir focuses on Matos six years as a Marine, and is peppered with the details of an upbringing that make him who he is today He writes about his grandfather s courage hunting whales off the coast of Portugal, his father s love for winemaking and Old Country culture, and the strong influence of his sisters and mother on his respect for women The anecdotes manage to be personal without being sentimental, and the telling never strays far from the main thread Matos determination to be not just a Marine, but an exemplary Marine worthy of that storied service.Matos acted on his conviction in the summer before 9 11 Then his country came under attack and moved to a war footing Matos writes of his enlistment, I was destined to be a Marine at this significant time in history That autumn, his college dorm room was festooned with the Code of Conduct, General Orders, Rifleman s Creed and other documents outlining Marine Corps principles I was attracted to the idea that somehow the brainwashing, indoctrination, or whatever you want to call it, could be self directed that I could own my recruit training experience rather than be sideswiped by it Most of all, he writes, I wanted the fire of boot camp to burn away any self conceptions I had that couldn t take the heat I wanted to become a man in the hardest way possible But service didn t always offer the rewarding challenge he d imagined, and he notes these disappointments with wry deprecation, as with the editorial process for typing up correspondence in Okinawa Take this back and un fuck it, his superior orders, certainly the most colorful use of the verb I ve ever seen He encounters dubious characters not worthy of their uniform because they are lazy, disrespectful of women, or generally lacking the intensity for which Marines are renowned.The broader utility in Matos book, however, lies apart from his passion for perfection and inevitable disappointments when others fail to rise up It can be found instead in the details of life inside a little known but much admired group of Marines who serve in Marine Security Guard detachments Their mission to protect U.S diplomatic facilities and personnel around the world Matos expresses some remorse at being transferred to the relative privilege of serving in air conditioned comfort while his fellow Marines fight insurgents in Iraq s bald desert heat When friends back home first ask what he thinks of the men and women doing the fighting and dying in Iraq he responds, We re Marines, that s what we do Eventually, though, the sentiment becomes They re Marines, that s what they do This guilt, and self doubts arising from his action during the attack on the U.S Consulate in Jeddah, remain central to Matos tale.His account of the attack goes beyond our shattered front door, our scorched Stars and Stripes, our bombed and smoldering Marine house It goes beyond the heroism of three Marines crossing open ground under threat of fire to reach their weapons in the chancery It goes beyond the young Sri Lankan guard who took out the lead attacker before he himself was shot dead Matos account puts the attack in broader context, tying it to the insurgency in Iraq and the resulting Second Battle of Fallujah That battle, which raged from November through the end of December 2004, resulted in the death of an estimated 2,000 insurgents and civilians, andthan a hundred Coalition forces The battle likely inspired members of an insurgent group called the Fallujah Brigade to storm our compound and get their revenge by killing U.S Marines stationed there My place in this big picture, Matos writes, came in early December when five men, who had been fighting my fellow Marines in Iraq, came knocking at my door in Jeddah I read and re read about the attack with a mix of horror and comfort Horror, for the obvious reason of mortality Comfort, for the reminder that as I hunkered beneath the visa counter, tallying the doors between myself and the murderous rampage taking place outside, it wasn t the number of doors that mattered by one count there were four by another, only one But at the time my dread stopped with the Marine I knew to be standing post, trained for this crisis to keep us safe I survived thanks to Matos courage, and it was personal and important to me to understand his story By some measures, it can be summed up by his Bronze Star citation, which reads For heroic achievement while engaged in military action against al Qaeda terrorists as a marine Embassy Guard The soul searching Matos recounts in this memoir eventually leads him back to service After earning a Master s degree in Psychology from Rhode Island College and a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology at the Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology, Matos came to serve as a Lieutenant in the U.S Navy, where he provides psychological services to Marines and sailors in North Carolina As they follow the path to recovery, our Veterans deserve the full support of the Republic they served And it s heartening to know that someone as compassionate, intelligent, and inspiring as Greg Matos has returned to the fight and is working on their behalf


  3. Dan Parrott Dan Parrott says:

    I m conflicted as to how to rate this book At times it felt very honest, and at times it felt like a creative writing assignment that had turned into a book Having known some MSGs, I can sympathize with the lifestyle picture painted by Matos However, I don t necessary agree with his point of view early on that he was being tortured by the Marine drill sergeants, and I felt like the book ended up being apologistic in its tone toward war and violence in general in a way that gave the author a I m conflicted as to how to rate this book At times it felt very honest, and at times it felt like a creative writing assignment that had turned into a book Having known some MSGs, I can sympathize with the lifestyle picture painted by Matos However, I don t necessary agree with his point of view early on that he was being tortured by the Marine drill sergeants, and I felt like the book ended up being apologistic in its tone toward war and violence in general in a way that gave the author an out socially within the Marine Corps culture for his actions In summary, it felt like Matos wanted to be seen as a true Marine and as being abandoned by the same Marine Corps in the same book It made for very contradictory tones at time, which is why I rated it as just an ok read I think a littlebirds eye commentary on the embassy attack could have drug the book up a rung or two, but the story only covered what Matos underwent which made it harder to understand what was going on without referencingfactually based accounts of the attack


  4. Daniel Daniel says:

    Brilliant Raw and Deeply Thoughtful A bold and intimate portrayal of one man s journey through life as he adventured into the United States Marine Corps during the Global War on Terror It is a touching and real depiction of Greg s experience serving in the elite Marine Security Guard program, and the galvanizing experience of coming face to face with blood thirsty, extremist radicals bent on killing him and those under his care of duty as a Marine Guard Exceptionally well written Pick it up.


  5. Brian Hull Brian Hull says:

    This is a great read about Matos life leading up to him being a marine embassy guard, and the attack he experienced while guarding the U.S Embassy in Jeddeh, Saudi Arabia in 2004 As someone with absolutely no personal military experience, I appreciated his honesty about the internal contradictions of a guy trying to be part of something larger than himself while also wanting to stay alive.


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