Corporal Cannon

A Female Marine in Afghanistan

Savannah Cannon

A young female Marine in Afghanistan struggles to survive in a hostile environment - both inside and outside the wire.
Publication date:
December 2022
Publisher :
Casemate Publishers
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ISBN : 9781636241661

Dimensions : 228 X 152 mm
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• Gritty and raw, this memoir brings home to the reader the reality of a being a female Marine in a war zone
• Savannah eloquently articulates the struggle between coping with the mental and physical demands of being in a war zone with not showing weakness in front of male Marines

Not even old enough to drink, Corporal Savannah Cannon is a young enlisted United States Marine deployed to support Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan in 2010. As a tactical data networking specialist, she is sent away from everyone she knows and attached to a Regimental Combat Team where women are not allowed to repair communications. Her experiences over the next few months shed light on the unique and difficult positions women are placed in when supporting combat roles, while offering a raw look at the painful choices women must sometimes make.

Cannon finds herself in a combat zone, ostracised from family, friends, and even her fellow Marines as the men are told to avoid her. The connections she makes are born from trauma and desperation and the choices she makes will echo throughout many lives.

Corporal Cannon is not the story of a heroine; it is the hard-hitting account of just one of the flawed individuals who make up the United States' fighting forces. Mistakes in the battlefield can have dire consequences, personally and professionally. Reflecting on her time in service, the author weaves a story of past and present, and the healing that can come with admitting our mistakes and moving past them.