Short Rations Press

Short Rations For Marines
An anthology of true events in the lives of us Marines, FMF Navy and/or their families. Told by those who lived them or lived in their aftermath

A Marine Called Gabe
A historical novel of the life and times of john archer Lejeune (Luh jern) and his lasting influence on the modern corps of marines

Major Ralph Stoney Bates Sr., USMC (Ret)

Major (Ret) Bates served in Vietnam (1967-68) as a lieutenant, as a small unit infantry leader (TET-68), and as the commander of a criminal investigations detachment. As a captain, he was the Marine Instructor with the U. S. Army Military Police School. As a major, he commanded the largest Military Police Department in the Marine Corps, the 600-person provost marshal’s office, MCB Camp Butler, in Okinawa, Japan. Major Bates completed the FBI National Academy (124th Session) while the Provost Marshal of the Marine Base at 29 Palms, California. He was selected for promotion to lieutenant colonel in 1981, but chose to retire after 26 years. Read more about the author…