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South Sider pens memoir of life in peacetime Marine Corps


Long-time South Side resident C.A. (Chuck) Peters recently published "I Never Had to Duck (Adventures in the Peacetime Marine Corps)," a memoir telling the captivating story of his ardent, lifelong love of and "undistinguished" service in the United States Marine Corps.

His affair started when he was a "Junior Marine" in nearby Wellsville, Ohio, during World War II and continued through his commissioning as a second lieutenant in March 1956 and discharge as a reserve captain in 1969.

In the mid-60s he served as a company commander in Pittsburgh's old 12th Infantry Battalion USMCR, which was based in Oakland. As the battalion's moral officer he arranged several tours of South Side's now closed Duquesne Brewery.

Mr. Peters, 77, retired in 1995 as director of the Allegheny County (Pittsburgh) award-winning $176,000,000 Mental Health-Mental Retardation/Drug and Alcohol/Homeless and Hunger Program.

The author has lived on Sarah Street on South Side since 1990 where he has been active in community affairs including serving on the boards of the Brashear Association and the South Side Community Council. He is a founding member of the South Side Celtic Society, a pan Celtic organization which, says Mr. Peters, "is committed to good works and raucous Hooleys."

The book is about the Marines that "few read about, the peacetime – most often happy – Corps where few jarheads are killed or even hurt," according to the author.

The book is available for $24.99 plus $2.75 postage by contacting the author at 412-431-8466 or or writing to 1817 Sarah Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15203.


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