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on 21 January 1998
This is an excellent account of combat in Korea. The author avoids glamorizing himself and the exploits of his buddies; instead concentrating on an accurate recounting of events and circumstances of the time. His writing skill is exceptional and the story is riveting. Unlike S.L.A. Marshal, this is a 'real' soldier sharing his own firsthand experiences. He's not overly dramatic and he doesn't take 'liberty with the truth' for artistic sake. For those who are interested in the Korean war and can handle vivid recollections of the horrors of combat with the Chinese, this is the best available.
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on 22 March 1999
This is an outstanding and honest autobiography, done by a combat marine officer leading a mortar platoon through some of the proudest moments in Marine Corps history. In the Navy and PHIBPAC at the time, I was familiar with how many 7th Marines had their civilian lives torn to shreds and somehow had to cope, out of nowhere, with fighting for their lives. This book helped me understand what they had to go through, and how many of them survived, and many of them did not. I am truly grateful to Lieutenant for giving me the opportunity to read this account.
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on 25 December 1997
Lt. Owens book compares favorably with T. R. Fehrenbach's "This Kind of War." In that he shows how unprepared America was for the Korean War. It also shows the determination and teamwork that a military unit acquires and how a dedicated and trained unit can function in times of crisis. This is a must read for all who served their country in war time.
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on 27 July 1998
This book is not just another war story, it vividly tells of how Baker-one-seven survived this chilling ordeal that proved America's military mortal.
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