Christian Dattwyler

Can a teenage boy struggling with school, family, and drugs turn his life around to become successful? Not without the help of a nearly two-hundred-and-fifty-year-old American institution called the United States Marine Corps. A Way Forward: My Years in the Marine Corps reveals how a Marine recruiter used every old trick in the book to compel young Christian Dattwyler to sign his life away for government service. The memoir delves into his mindset as he experiences legendary Marine Corps boot camp, ‘Grunt’ training, and his life while assigned to the Fleet Marine Force.


Christian Dattwyler currently lives with his beautiful wife and two boys near Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Since being honorably discharged from the Marine Corps, Christian has been a Project Superintendent, leading the construction of many high-rise structures in Southwest Florida, New York City, and currently in Oklahoma City/Dallas. A Minister of the Gospel of Christ, Christian gives Jesus Christ the credit for everything he has been able to experience and accomplish in his life.