No Tougher Duty, No Greater Honor

a memoir of a mortuary affairs marine


GySgt L Christian Bussler USMCR (ret)

5 star review from Arya Fomonyuy of Readers' Favorites

Reviewed By Arya Fomonyuy for Readers’ Favorite

“Hey Chris, your Marine unit just called the office, and they need you to call them back as soon as possible. I took the call, and they sound pretty serious, buddy. Get in; we need to get you to the nearest phone as soon as we can,” are the words that announce the moment of change for Christian Bussler, a call that makes him stop his day-to-day life as a postal letter carrier in Springfield, Ohio. His Postal Office Supervisor has never been so serious, and things really change drastically for Chris. For the next three years, he’d find himself involved in combat, working as a Mortuary Affairs Marine. No Tougher Duty, No Greater Honor: A Memoir of a Mortuary Affairs Marine by GySgt L. Christian Bussler (Ret.) follows him in the fight to recover the bodies of fallen soldiers and bring them back home. The reader is thrust into a world where danger lies everywhere, following the protagonist and his peers on foot patrol through hostile streets in enemy camp. 

This is a story of bravery, of patriotism, and of loss, told in an arresting first person narrative voice. The narrative is impeccable and the author has the rare gift of injecting a deep sense of humanity into the writing, coupled with his singular gift for humor and a unique turn of phrase. From the moment Christian's life is disrupted by the call from his Marine office, the reader is keen on following his every step. It is the point of crisis, and it is interesting to see how the author makes this come out through the writing. I enjoyed the stream of consciousness that punctuates the writing, the dialogues, and the intense emotional passages. No Tougher Duty, No Greater Honor: A Memoir of a Mortuary Affairs Marine by GySgt L. Christian Bussler (Ret.) is one of those books that restore respect to men who have fought for their country and to those who have fallen; a gritty tale that is as entertaining as it is informative.