Be Bold
Be Bold

Be Bold

How a Marine Corps Hero Broke Barriers for Women at War



184 Pages, 6 x 9

Formats: Hardcover, ebook: EPUB

Hardcover, $28.00 (US $28.00) (CA $38.00)

Publication Date: November 2022

ISBN 9781736620663


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Major Megan McClung is the first female United States Naval Academy graduate to be killed in action since the school’s 1845 founding and the highest-ranking female U.S. Marine Corps officer to die during the Iraq war. Be Bold is Megan’s inspirational story of defying steep odds, making the ultimate sacrifice, and paving the way for a new era of women at war.


“Tom Sileo is an American author and patriot who has dedicated his life to telling the stories of the men and women who serve our country. Be Bold: How a Marine Corps Hero Broke Barriers for Women at War is a beautiful remembrance of a life well lived; a life given in service to our country. I am grateful to Tom for honoring USMC Maj. Megan McClung’s life with this wonderful book." —Gary Sinise, actor, founder of the Gary Sinise Foundation and bestselling author of Grateful American    

"Every American who dies defending our country deserves to have their story told. Few stories, however, are as compelling as Megan McClung’s. She was a #&39;happy warrior#&39; who, in addition to being the first female graduate of the Naval Academy to make the ultimate sacrifice, made a strategically important contribution to the war. It is my hope this book helps console those who miss her and helps others to appreciate not just this remarkable Marine, but all those who go into harm’s way to make a better world."
—Lt. Gen. Sean MacFarland, U.S. Army (Ret.)

"Be Bold is an important story about living a life of consequence. Megan McClung‘s life is one of moral and physical courage, selfless service, leadership, loyalty to the team, and the mission. She epitomized the service expected of a USNA grad and the leadership and commitment of our finest Marine officers. Her legacy continues to inspire men and women in uniform alike to be bold." —Lt. Gen. Lori Reynolds, U.S. Marine Corps (Ret.)

"Megan’s story should inspire all of us to be a little better, work a little harder, and give more of ourselves in service to others. Megan’s journey wasn’t easy, but she tackled adversity and demonstrated grit to pursue her dreams all while showing compassion and kindness for others. Thank you for sharing Megan’s story—we must never forget the sacrifices so many have made in service to our country."  —Colonel Kim "KC" Campbell, retired U.S. Air Force fighter pilot

"Focused, driven, competent, inspirational—that is how I remember this Marine. Always working to get better and help those around her raise their game; we should all be of such character and virtue. Oh my, how she is missed, but she made us all better. Learn her story and tell it to all: a warrior#&39;s tale."  —Gen. Robert Neller (Ret.), 37th Commandant of the U.S. Marine Corps

Author Biography

Tom Sileo is an author, senior editor of The Stream, and recipient of the Marine Corps Heritage Foundation’s 2016 General Oliver P. Smith Award for distinguished reporting. Tom is co-author of four previous books, including Three Wise Men and Brothers Forever. He is a graduate of Rutgers University and lives in Delray Beach, Florida.