I said a few weeks ago that I’d slow down with the biography and memoir type books and, for the most part, I have. I couldn’t resist presenting today’s book though. It’s a good one!
The military is near and dear to my heart. I’m retired Army with 22 years of service. During my military career, I had the opportunity to meet, interact and work with many soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines. The Marines especially, are both typically impressive and at the same time, often, an enigma. They’re often an unbelievable package of machismo, ego, bravado, heroism and intelligence. Yes, you read all of those things right.
Given my experiences with Marines, I was pretty hyped to read the 2005 autobiography, Secrets Of A Gay Marine Porn Star by Rich Merritt when I ran across it recently. I wasn’t disappointed! The gay – all while it was supposed to be a “secret” under Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell (DADT) – Marine did it all and he tells the story like any Marine tells any story. This is nearly 500 pages of in depth detail about his exploits. Overkill? You won’t think so if you know anything about the typical Marine mindset. Merritt may be gay, but he’s definitely a “typical” Marine in personality.
Merritt wasn’t always a Marine. He grew up in a conservative, religious family and lived a very sheltered life. He attended the ultra conservative Bob Jones University. After his time in the Corps, he attended law school and became a lawyer. That time in his life was also fraught with peril as he discovered the infamous gay circuit parties, drugs and alcohol. This is the story of his whole life and it’s quite an interesting one.