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Hill 488 [Kindle Edition]

Ray Hildreth , Charles W. Sasser
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)

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For some, Hill 488 was just another landmark in the jungles of Vietnam. For the eighteen men of Charlie Company, it was a last stand. This is the stirring combat memoir written by Ray Hildreth, one of the unit's survivors.

On June 13, 1966, men of the 1st Recon Battalion, 1st Marine Division were stationed on Hill 488. Before the week was over, they would fight the battle that would make them the most highly decorated small unit in the entire history of the U.S. military, winning a Congressional Medal of Honor, four Navy Crosses, thirteen Silver Stars, and eighteen Purple Hearts -- some of them posthumously.

During the early evening of June 15, a battalion of hardened North Vietnamese regulars and Viet Cong -- outnumbering the Americans 25-to-1 -- threw everything they had at the sixteen Marines and two Navy corpsmen for the rest of that terror-filled night. Every man who held the hill was either killed or wounded defending the ground with unbelievable courage and unflagging determination -- even as reinforcements were on the way.

All they had to do was make it until dawn....


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 483 KB
  • Print Length: 396 pages
  • Publisher: Pocket Books; Reprint edition (15 Jun. 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003YFIYRO
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #14,878 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hill 488 3 Sept. 2014
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Excellent again a human honest down to earth story it's vividness is so real you can feel for all those men women who fought and died in vietnam and the seriously injured who even with there own injuries put other soldiers before themselves heroes every one of them a good honest no holds barred book excellent
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing 6 Jun. 2014
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Step by step account of the hardships encountered on a remote hill in the middle of Vietnam. Brutal combat and edge of your seat suspense, this real life account has all the heroism and bravery of Americas elite recon forces in the Vietnam war. Very highly recommended to anyone who has an interest in this period of history, or combat journals in general. Five stars.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping read 8 Sept. 2014
By rob b
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Excellent - and chilling - first hand account of a unit's 'last stand' in Vietnam. Ray Hildreth writes with great honesty and his book is a fitting tribute to his comrades - those who made it home and those who didn't. Hard to put down.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding 28 Jan. 2015
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An absorbing account of close quarter fighting. Unbelievable to think that they could hold off such an attacking force. Skill, bravery and sheer bloody mindedness along with a spirit the corps.
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The most shocking book I've ever read. What those men went through is unbelievable, and this account is well written and thoughtful. This book stayed with me long after I'd finished it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great read, really put you on the hill with ... 12 Dec. 2014
By Steve
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Great read, really put you on the hill with the Marines. Found myself willing the sun to come up. Read the book you'll understand that comment.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring 31 Oct. 2014
By Steve A
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an interesting tale of how ordinary people react to the pressure of war, well told story of valiant men l recommend this book
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