No Tougher Duty, No Greater Honor

a memoir of a mortuary affairs marine


GySgt L Christian Bussler USMCR (ret)

5 star review from Ruffina Oserio of Readers' Favorite

Reviewed By Ruffina Oserio for Readers’ Favorite

How does it feel to be in a war-torn, conflict-riddled zone? No Tougher Duty, No Greater Honor: A Memoir of a Mortuary Affairs Marine by GySgt L. Christian Bussler (Ret.) answers these questions in a fascinating narrative by a Mortuary Marine. Christian Bussler’s work might have been a lot of fun as a postal letter carrier, but then the call came and he found himself ferried off to Iraq, becoming closely and personally involved in the tragedy of war, navigating dangerous streets to retrieve the bodies of fallen soldiers and bring them home. He will be stunned by the experience of war, will find his life hanging by a thread, and will suffer loss. Here is a gritty story of courage and patriotism, with powerful messages of friendship, teamwork, and endurance. 

In this autobiographical and military narrative, the author captures the atmosphere in war-torn countries, pulling readers into the world of the protagonist to experience the uncertainty and the pain that soldiers experience. The writing is strong and the author takes readers from one mind-blowing episode to the next gripping one. Friendship and loyalty, duty and patriotism, hope and death are themes that are brilliantly explored. The sense of danger permeates the narrative, taking readers on a historic ride. GySgt L. Christian Bussler may have been a Mortuary Marine officer, but he has a great gift for storytelling and his humor embellishes the story and makes it a really interesting read. No Tougher Duty, No Greater Honor: A Memoir of a Mortuary Affairs Marine is a personal account that features powerful political conflicts, allowing readers to get a sense of history through the eyes of the protagonist.