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Books by F. J. Fitzgerald

  • Combat to Conservation: A Marine’s Journey through Darkness into Nature’s Light

    In 1970, after growing up in the woods and fields of Southeast Minnesota, Francis Fitzgerald finds himself as a young Marine in the middle of one of the longest and bloodiest conflicts his country has ever fought. Thoughts of college and becoming a game warden are gone as daily life becomes a battle of survival. Hot jungle sun, monsoon rains, snakes and leeches, and the ever-present threat of enemy ambushes take a toll on a nineteen-year-old’s mind and body. But the biggest battle looms ahead.

    How does one heal the body and soul after living in that unimaginable world? No one is ever the same. Is anything worth the fight anymore? In Combat to Conservation, Fitzgerald explains how wilderness became his closest ally, his medicine, and his only hope.

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F. J. Fitzgerald is a self-described country boy, growing up in rural Southeast Minnesota. After high school, at the peak of the Vietnam War, he enlisted in the Marine Corps. Eight months into his combat tour, he was seriously wounded and medevac'd, then honorably discharged after several months in the hospital. He graduated from college with a degree in natural resources, owned and operated a resort near the Boundary Waters Canoe Wilderness Area in Northern Minnesota, and ultimately worked for the Nature Conservancy and Minnesota Land Trust. Retired and still living on the lake with his wife Heather, he enjoys fishing, hunting, kayaking, snowshoeing, nature photography, camping, trail cameras, and still loves winter near the Canadian border.

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