MilSpeak Books Fall 2011

Written by two former MCAS El Toro Marines, Tim King, photo/journalist and war correspondent, and Bob O’Dowd, E-Correspondent, A Few Good Men, Too Many Chemicals is a thrilling and informative nonfiction account of contamination at two Marine Corps installations, Marine Corps Air Station El Toro on the West Coast (CA) and Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune on the East Coast (NC). The eBook is scheduled for release Fall 2011 by MilSpeak Books, the eBook publishing division of MilSpeak Foundation (501c3). A Few Good Men, Too Many Chemicals stands with the best works of New Journalism and Creative Nonfiction, including the works of Norman Mailer (The Executioner’s Song) and Truman Capote (In Cold Blood).

A Few Good Men tells the story of the thousands of Veterans and their families, once stationed at these hazardous military installations, who have continued to be ignored by the U.S. government by denial of the effects of exposure to environmental hazards, including the highest incidence of occurrence of male breast cancer in any other demographic in the U.S. Legislation to provide health care and compensation for Camp Lejeune Veterans and their dependents was introduced during the 111th Congress. None of these bills reached the floor for a vote before the end of the Congressional session. King and O’Dowd hope to change the course of a government that chooses to ignore affected Veterans until death silences their pleas for assistance. None of the Veterans that served aboard these two installations were notified of their exposure to deadly contaminants when it was discovered resulting in both bases earning Superfund Clean Up Site status. Many affected Veterans have died without ‘connecting the dots’ between their killing disease and their military service at either, or both, of these two installations.

A Few Good Men also includes the story of the death and suspected murder of Marine Colonel James E. Sabow whose death has been tied to use of El Toro assets during the 1980s and 1990s to import South American cocaine into the U.S and to export guns to the Contra Rebel faction of El Salvador. Colonel Sabow was found dead in his quarters by his wife on January 19, 1991. The circumstances surrounding his death and the forensic evidence from the crime scene support murder. His family has waged a 20-year war to correct the record.