"There are those who believe that life here began out there, far across the universe, with tribes of humans who may have been the forefathers of the Egyptians, or the Toltecs, or the Mayans. Some believe that there may yet be brothers of man who even now fight to survive, somewhere beyond the heavens."

Sherman Cottle - Young Doctor Bio, First Blood

'"One of these friends was a young Doctor named Sherman Cottle, serving his initial medical internship. He was born to his trade, son and grandson of doctors. He had all the tools: brilliant, confident to a fault, and strong willed with a stern but sincere bedside manner. It was said he could close a gash with three stitches on a fruit fly and leave no scar. “Doc” was known to patch up enemies as well as friends. His morals and fortitude had only one flaw: smoking. He was trying to stop…….for the thirteenth time.

"...CIC to Doc Cottle, casualties on the port gun deck.."

Doc Cottle’s station was looking more like a morgue than a hospital. Blood was everywhere. Seriously wounded were courageously trying to drag themselves back to the fight. Yet Corporal Mann was awestruck by the scene of Doc Cottle working feverishly and quickly on many wounded. One gash was held together with clamps, a fracture was splinted with tape, one sailor died in mid-treatment and was quickly slid aside. Doc concentrated, healed and moved to the next for the longest period of time anyone had ever seen him without a cigarette in his mouth."'

EXCERPT FROM THE SHORT STORY:

 "Old Soldiers: Tales from Zero Company, Colonial Marines" by Gunny

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I can't wait for the book to hit the stands!!! I'll be one of the first to purchase a copy.

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