About the Author
Fightin' 'George' Light Infantry
Authored by Glenn M. Justice
The Korean War had no TV glitter or Hollywood hype. The few movies made of the Korean War were in no way close to the type of war fought there in 1950/53. With such immense frontline, it is doubtful Hollywood could produce a movie that would encompass such a large battle area. In Fightin’ "George" Light Infantry, the author takes you there with real accounts of day-by-day action in the Korean War. The battle weariness, the frontline humor, fear, sadness and living conditions of the infantryman are vividly portrayed, in clean language, of the lowly GI—the Army infantry soldier, the winner of all our wars.
Fightin’ "George" Light Infantry was chosen as the title because the Great White Polar Bear is the mascot symbol of the 31st Infantry. Sometime several years ago the bear was named "George." The veterans of the 31st do not believe it was named for "G" or George Company, but for the Regiment as a whole. The author’s serving in George Company did help decide the name of the title. The standing bear on the dust jacket with wounds of many wars depicts the durability of the Regiment and speaks loudly of service to our country. [ more info ]
Fire For Effect! : Artillery Forward Observers in Korea
Authored by Anthony J. Sobieski
About the Book
FIRE FOR EFFECT! is more than just a book about the Korean War. It is the untold history of the Korean War Artillery Forward Observer, told by the men themselves. From the earliest days of the war in 1950 through the harrowing battles of 1951 and on into the so-called ‘stalemate’ period of the hill battles of 1952 and 1953, into the final climactic battles before the cease fire, the Forward Observer, or FO, was there. Korea was and is known as the ‘Artillery War’ because more rounds were fired in Korea than in all of WWII, and it was the job of the FO to direct these rounds onto their targets. FOs are the eyes of the artillery, and the importance of their job in Korea has been largely overlooked until now. Serving as infantrymen, but not being considered one, Forward Observers lived, ate and slept on the front lines, ever ready to respond to an attack, or defend friendly troops and positions, and sometimes losing their lives doing it. The awesome responsibility and firepower that was placed on a 22 or 23 year-old lieutenant or sergeant was staggering, and after reading these first hand accounts, one can easily imagine what these young men faced on a daily basis. With over 100 interviews of Forward Observers, from all time periods and from all locations and battles of the war, the grittiness and reality of what these servicemen went through in the ‘Forgotten War’ is brought to life so that their deeds may be remembered for future generations, so the battlefield known as Korea and it’s veterans will not be forgotten any more.
About the Author
Tony Sobieski wears a number of ‘hats’ working for the U. S. Air Force. As a civilian he is the Information Security Manager for McGuire Air Force Base in New Jersey, and as a reservist he is a Senior Master Sergeant assigned to the HQ Air Force Security Forces at the Pentagon where he serves as the Assistant for Nuclear Security and Integrated Base Defense Policy. Tony also is still actively involved as a U.S. Air Force Phoenix Raven, force protection and anti-terrorism specialists who protect U.S. aircrew and aircraft around the world. After the success of his first book FIRE MISSION! concerning the history of his Father’s unit in Korea, Tony has become an avid and recognized Korean War artillery historian. Tony’s love and respect for his Dad, a Korean War Veteran, and others like him, is the continuing motivation for his interest in the ‘Forgotten War’. Combining his military background and using a unique ‘matter of fact’ interviewing style are becoming Tony’s trademark, enabling him to shed light on how American artillerymen lived and died in the wasteland known as Korea. This is his second book.
Paperback, 8.5 x 11". ISBN: 1420838369. Price = $19.95
Fire Mission! : The Story of the 213th Field Artillery Battalion in Korea 1951-1954
Authored by Anthony J. Sobieski
About the Book
FIRE MISSION! is a historical record and personal insight of the 213th Field Artillery Battalion during the Korean War. With over sixty interviews from former members, the pages come alive with personal memories about a unique time in our history. The number of allied lives saved, and the amount of enemy destruction wrought by this unit is almost incalculable.
With the motto ‘Confidence in Calibre’, the 213th set the standard for artillery in Korea, firing over 10,986 Tons of artillery shells at the enemy in 893 days of combat. From when the 213th was a National Guard unit in 1950 to the final climactic battles of June and July 1953, the record of the 213th stands heads above the rest.
This unit history is written not only from a large scale, unit type perspective, but it also shows the personal side of the war from the perspective of the everyday life and hazards of the artilleryman. Read how the 213th played a major role in such battles as The Kapyong Perimeter, White Horse Mountain, and Outpost Harry, and many smaller incidents that occurred weekly that history and time have almost forgotten.
About the Author
Tony Sobieski is a Master Sergeant with the U.S. Air Force Phoenix Ravens, force protection and anti-terrorism specialists who protect U.S. aircrew and aircraft around the world. Tony’s love for his Dad, a Korean War Veteran, and the respect he has for his Dad’s service to our country became an odyssey of discovery and knowledge about the Korean War and the artillerymen who served there. Using his military background to better understand the life of an artilleryman in Korea, Tony has been able to bridge the gap of fifty years between what happened to U.S. Servicemen in Korea and now to present a work giving the reader an excellent ‘what was it like?’ feeling for those reading it. This is his first book.
440th Signal Battalion - An Oral History
Authored by James L. Hendricks
The 440th Signal Battalion - An Oral History is not a history in the traditional sense, but rather, a chronology of the memories of the men and women who lived the 440th experience throughout its 65 years.
The 440th was activated in March of 1942 and first served in Australia, then on to New Guinea. It was then sent to Indonesia, some of the Pacific Islands, and finally to the Philippines in late 1944. After VJ Day, it went on to Japan and remained there until the outbreak of the Korean War. It was inactivated in Korea in 1956. In 1961, the battalion was reactivated in Germany where it remained until inactivation in 2007. During its years in Europe, it participated in many joint NATO exercises, and served twice in Bosnia, as well as two tours in Iraq. It is one of the most highly decorated and respected Army Signal Battalions.
The 300-page book includes nearly 500 short stories/memories, and includes numerous footnotes and an extensive index. It also includes nearly 50 photographs, some of which have never been published. Most of the others are totally unknown to the general public. The book's publisher has placed this oral history book on its prestigious "Editors Choice" list, as well as naming the author as a "Rising Star."
About the Author
Frank and Me at Mundung-ni
Authored by Joseph Donohue
Frank and Me at Mundung-ni is a Korean War memoir remembering the unforgettable moments of two 21-year old childhood pals who were drafted for Korea in 1952. It's the story of their journey to war as gung-ho recruits and their return home 12 months later as sober, combat hardened veterans. It's a story about bunkers, bullets and friendships. It features tales of the routine boredom of everyday living on the front lines, to sudden hair-raising moments of sheer terror, and the ultimate exhilaration and comic relief of simple survival.
Book Review by Rego Barnett
Donohue served with the 40th Infantry Division, 224th Regiment. He was unlucky enough to fight at Heartbreak Ridge and Punchbowl. He and a childhood friend, Frank J. Milisits, joined the Army together in the hopes of serving together in Korea. They completed jump school and awaited their assignments. They got their wish--but never knew it. (Both survived the war, however.)
Milisits was assigned to the 45th Infantry Division, which was located pretty close to the 40th in Korea. They were writing to each other without knowing how close their fighting positions were. In fact, they could almost have walked across a few trenches and hand delivered their letters had they known how close they were. That was one of the ironies of military life, as are other strange incidents that Donohue discusses in the book, e.g., his close brush with death, which was prevented because he turned his head the right way at the wrong moment (or maybe the wrong way at the right moment).
Donohue's descriptions of the conditions under which he and his buddies fought are chilling. Readers can almost see the huge rats on the front lines, feel the terror the troops experience as Chinese artillery shells pour down on them, exalt in the joy of finding civilized people while on leave... in short, he runs the gamut of emotions front-line troops felt as they strived to earn the number of points required to go home.
Simply put, Donohue described his book this way: "It's a story about naive, enthusiastic, 20-year old kids sharing their journey to war. It's about friendship, sadness, and joy during 20 months of service to their country. It's about growing up and facing the realities of war. It's about the boredom and routine of living on the front lines, which could suddenly turn ugly and become a hair-raising, deadly, heart-thumping moment of terrifying fear and exhilaration. It's a memoir of unforgettable personal moments...."
Most of all, it's readable. That is the best reason for anyone to get the book.
About the Author
Freedom is Not Free
Authored by Ralph Hockley
This well documented book begins with a down-to-earth account of Hitler’s rise to power in Germany. Mr. Hockley traces 20th Century events as he experienced them, first as a child in Germany and in pre-war and Nazi-occupied France; later as a US soldier in Germany, a combat officer in the Korean War, and an intelligence officer in Germany during the Cold War. But it is the personal relationships, the acts of dedication to the many causes of the century, anti-Nazism, Quaker humanitarian, and the fight against Communism in Korea and Berlin, that make this book a valuable tool for those who want a better understanding of the background and the events of WWII, the Korean War and the Cold War. Mr. Hockley highlights the fate of countries that fail to provide for an adequate national security.
Details from well-kept journal entries bring home the reality of Korean War battles. Colonel Ralph Hockley...presents a keen insight and analysis of the causes, conduct and effects of that military adventure, writes Brigadier General Robert D. Upp - JAGC-Ret. My family and I met him at the Quaker office in Marseille, France, as a 14-year-old youngster. He was gifted with open eyes, ears and mind and the knowledge of three languages (German, French and English).... Fred Buch, Engineer, former internee at Les Milles Internment Camp, France, born 1900.
Ralph Hockley was one of the five or six outstanding intelligence officers of my experience in 25 years of the ‘Great Game’... Colonel Thomas F. McCord, Ret., former Chief, US Military Liaison Mission to Group Soviet Forces Germany. A life story of an extraordinary man of many talents who always put service to his country ahead of personal interest and whose expert counsel was sought by our highest political and military leaders. The moving account of multiple and turbulent lifetimes packed into one reads like a novel. Edward Rybak, European Security Affairs Advisor, USAINSCOM
Ralph M. Hockley was born in Karlsruhe, Germany in 1925. His family left Nazi Germany and moved to Marseille, France when he was nine years old. At age 14 after the fall of France, he worked as a volunteer interpreter (speaking French, German and English) and office boy for the American Quakers in Marseille. In May 1941, the Quakers assisted his family in getting US immigration visas and thereby the release of Ralph’s father from the Gurs Concentration Camp. 1945 found Ralph back in Germany as a US soldier in Counter Intelligence.
Upon his return to the US, he earned his BA in Political Science/Russian Area Studies from Syracuse University on the GI Bill; while there he was commissioned a 2nd Lt in Military Intelligence Reserve. In August 1950, 2nd Lt Hockley landed in Korea with the 2nd Infantry Division and participated in seven campaigns as an Artillery Officer. After the Korean War, and for most of the next 25 years, (joined by his late wife, Eva) he held various military and civilian Intelligence assignments in Germany (in beleaguered Berlin, then in Frankfurt, Bonn and Munich). Simultaneously, he served in the Army Reserve and rose to the rank of Colonel, Military Intelligence. In 1969, Ralph received a MS degree in Education from the University of Southern California. He retired in 1981 to the San Francisco area. In 1985 he and his wife, Carolyn, moved across the Golden Gate Bridge to Tiburon. Since 1997, he and Carolyn have resided in Houston, Texas.
Frozen in Memory: U.S. Navy Medicine in the Korean War
Authored by Jan Herman
For better or worse, Americans have defined military medicine during the Korean War by a novel, a movie, and a long-running TV show. But was the Korean War really like M*A*S*H? This was the war characterized by innovation--helicopters swiftly airlifting wounded patients from the battlefield to medical care, the first large-scale use of antibiotics during wartime, and the pioneering practice of vascular surgery that saved many a limb from amputation.
In these oral histories, both Navy medical personnel and their patients recount their "forgotten war," the dirty little conflict that somehow has fallen through history's cracks since it was fought more than fifty years ago. Neophyte physician Henry Litvin describes how he practiced medicine during the Chosin Reservoir campaign while trying to survive 30-below-zero temperatures and a ferocious enemy bent on annihilating him and his comrades. Hermes Grillo, a Harvard Medical School graduate, recalls how he ended up a few miles from the front operating on scores of mangled young men--without the benefit of x-ray equ8ipment--and forced to use retractors made from the brass of discarded artillery shells. Physician Clifford Roosa remembers the day an accidental explosion aboard his ship snuffed out the lives of thirty men in an instant. The legendary Dr. Joel Boone, World War I Medal of Honor recipient, tells how he came up with the idea of equipping hospital ships with helicopter landing decks. And Pearce Grove, once a machinist's mate aboard USS Consolation, gives an account of the historic first-ever landing of a patient-carrying helicopter aboard one of those gleaming white ships. Sarah Griffin Chapman, a former Navy nurse who lost a leg in an accident before Korea, reveals how she fought to be recalled to active duty so she could teach young amputees like herself to walk again. Sergeant John Fenwick, a Marine who had nearly been torn to pieces by a North Korean machine gunner, details his rescue by a Navy corpsman and the long road to recovery from his wounds. That corpsman, Glen Snowden, relates the same story from his own perspective. Was the Korean War really like M*A*S*H? These men and women--caregivers and patients--answer that question.
About the Author:
Jan K. Herman is Historian of the Navy Medical Department, editor of its journal, navy Medicine, and author of Battle Station Sick Bay: Navy Medicine in World War II. He has spent more than twenty years interviewing veterans of Navy medicine and chronicling their stories in articles, books, and videos.
256 pp Hardcover. $28.95 plus $6.14 shipping to USA. Website: BookLocker at www.booklocker.com.
Gonzalo Garza - A Texas Legend: Paso por aqui
Authored by Gonzalo Garza, Ph.D
As a young boy, he had dreams. As a young man, he made them come true. Take a lesson from this distinguished man's life, and make your own dreams come true. From the streets of Corpus Christi to the shores of Tripoli, this Marine veteran has distinguished himself in the service of his country and the students of the great State of Texas. A man of many talents and interests, Dr. Gonzalo Garza is a true Texas legend.
About the Author:
After returning from the Pacific, Garza finished high school. He eventually got his Bachelor's degree in History, Government and Spanish from St. Mary's University after the Korean War interrupted his senior year. He went on to receive a Master's degree in Education from Our Lady of the Lake University and a Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Texas.
From there, Garza began his career as one of the most distinguished educators in Texas history. He has served as a teacher, Assistant Principal, Principal, Associate Superintendent and Superintendent in numerous school districts including Corpus Christi, Houston and Austin. He retired in 1992 after ten years as the Superintendent of the Austin Independent School District. For his contribution, a Gonzalo Garza Independence High School in Austin has been named in his honor.
Heroes Among Us
Just How It Was
Authored by Jim Blagg
About the Book:
About the Author:
Korea: Back when...
Authored by Anthony J. DeBlasi
Dedicated to all who served and still serve in Korea
In spite of an armistice, the war wasn't over when I got my assigned unit in Korea. The ceasefire had stopped the thunder at the front but fighting continued. Bed-Check Charlie stopped his bomb and grenade raids, flying low in a single-prop plane. Off the radar screen and too slow for jet interception, the Gook pilot hoped in the dark of night to hit something or somebody in this communications outfit in Bupyong.
1.8 million of us were sent to Korea between 1950 and 1953 after hell broke loose in Korea--just five years after World War II. When Soviet-backed North Korea invaded South Korea, US and other UN troops rushed in to keep South Korea out of the jaws of Communist North Korea. The question on many minds then was: is this the start of World War III? The Soviet Union was armed with nuclear warheads and nervous Americans built bomb shelters.
Between 1950 and 1953, on a peninsula between China and Japan one-third the size of California, over 36,000 American servicemen lost their lives. The staggering death toll on both sides, military and civilian, was over 2 million. How could Americans forget such a war? How many Americans know that no peace was ever concluded and our troops are still in Korea, facing the same enemy we did more than 50 years ago? What other armed conflict keeps producing veterans after half a century!
This intense little book tells who we were and what sent us off to war. It sketches the role of a radio company, reports a chilling moment during prisoner exchange, takes a trip to the DMZ, samples first-hand accounts of GIs before the cease-fire, speaks of the Korean people and their culture during those war-torn years, and answers the question: "What did we accomplish?" It winds down with some incisive commentary and a poem, "Our War." It concludes with the service medals for duty in Korea. The book is illustrated with photos I took there, including rare ones found in the company dark room taken at Panmunjom during the prisoner exchange. I wrote this book to highlight a decisive chapter in history, forgotten by too many older Americans, hardly known by younger Americans.
Despite its small size, the book conveys a wealth of information in very readable form. Korea: Back when... is not just for veterans and war buffs but for anyone wanting to get a handle on the Korean War without getting stuck in it--while gaining a vivid sense of the place, the time, and the people involved in this mid-20th century tragedy.
About the Author
Tony's sense of the hell that the men on the line went through haunts him still. Almost daily he fights a sense of guilt for not having been in the thick of it. In part, his book is a tribute to the men who lived that hell, to the POWs, and to those who never made it back.
Korea: Frozen Hell on Earth: A Platoon Sergeant's Diary
Authored by Boris R. Spiroff
A man can live several lifetimes in only thirteen months when he is fighting enemy fire in bitter cold and waist deep snow, or torrential rains and slick, ankle-sucking mud. Boris Spiroff spent just such a year in combat against North Korean forces as a sergeant in the United States Army, Company G, Seventh Calvary Regiment in 1950 and 1951. Spiroff's journal account of his experiences provides a written testimony to the horrors and tragedies endured by so many gallant American soldiers. Having been discharged from the army in 1945 with eight years of service in Panama and Germany behind him, Spiroff was called again to serve in Korea in 1950, after only five months of marriage. Threaded throughout his journal entries are letters written to and from his beloved Cassie, revealing the fear and pain of a combat soldier's heart and the uneasy patience of a combat soldier's wife. The journal and the letters present a snapshot of one soldier's experience warmed by love, strength, and unyielding faith. Boris Spiroff, ISG-E8 USA retired from the U.S. Army in 1962 after twenty-five years of service having received the Korea Victory Medal, the Army Commendation Medal, a pendant from the South Korean government, the Combat Infantry Badge with Wreath, and the Parachute Combat Badge. In 1990 Catherine, his wife of forty years, died of cancer. It is the letters that were written to her during his time in Korea that were the foundation for "Korea: Frozen Hell on Earth." Spiroff resides in Severna Park, MD.
Korea: I Remember the Forgotten War
Authored by James Hollis
According to the author, this book is not meant as a detailed chronology of battles fought and units that participated in each battler. Rather, it is primarily a story about Hollis' service and how the Korean War affected his life and the lives of thousands of other veterans who served in Korea.
Hollis was drafted into the Army after graduating from high school in the Class of 1950. He reported for duty in November 1952, and after completing basic training was immediately shipped to Korea. He received artillery training, but when he arrived in Korea he was assigned to an intelligence section.
A large portion of Hollis' book comes from actual experience or first hand reports from other soldiers who remember major accomplishments and loss of lives--American lives--in Korea. In the author's opinion, some of the battles were fought unnecessarily, causing the deaths of many young soldiers. In May of 2008 Hollis returned to Korea on a revisit, where he no longer saw a war-torn country. Where he once saw battlefields and complete devastation, now there are towering cities. "South Koreans are living in prosperity and good health. These things are a direct result of America's help in blood and money," notes Hollis.
Korea The Forgotten War: A Brief History of the Korean War
Compiled by the Illinois Korean Memorial Association
This 57-page, soft-bound booklet includes a brief history of the Korean War, statistics, photographs, newspaper headlines, a combat chronology of the war from 1950 to 1953, maps, list of American commanders in Korea, casualty statistics, information about the Illinois Korean War Memorial, and a list of Illinois KIA in the war.
The Illinois Korean Memorial Association distributes the booklet free to any Illinois school or library that asks for a copy of it. The public can purchase a copy at the price of $10 check or money order. Tax deductible donations are also welcome. All donations go toward the book project and upkeep of the Illinois Korean Memorial.
Korea 1950-1953; The War That Never Was
Authored by Charles Reilly, Jr.
"Korea 1950-1953; The War That Never Was" follows a group of young men from a small town in Pennsylvania to their duties in Korea and throughout the world. As everyone who ever served in the military recognizes, "you go where they send you." Even as Russia and China were backing up the North Korean forces who invaded South Korea, American military personnel were gearing up expecting a Russian attempt to sweep westward across Europe.
This book is written by the men who served on the ground, in the skies above and on the waters off Korea as well as elsewhere during that Forgotten War.
Korea Medal of Honor Recipients
A printable book on all the Medal of Honor recipients from the Korean War. It is a FREE book that can be downloaded in MS WORD and printed in full-color. It even has a place where a person can customize it with a dedication message on the title page if they want to give it as a gift to a Korean War vet.
You can find the book at:
Korea: Tour of Duty and Beyond
Authored by William Stedman
The author tells about his tour in the Army from his date of enlistment November 27, 1950 to November 26, 1953. A member of the 936th Field Artillery Battalion, Stedman was wounded while in Korea and evacuated to the 8055th MASH. In his post-Korea military duty, he served in the Presidential Honor Guard in Washington, D.C.
Korea: We Called It War
Authored by Denzil Batson
It was the winter of 1951-52 and Denzil Batson was a sergeant in the Second Platoon of F Company, 15th Regiment, 3rd Division, ordered to recapture a hill called Little Gibraltar from the Chinese. Denzil Batson tells about a two-day assault on a 60-degree slope with chilling detail. At the end of the assault, half of his platoon had been killed or wounded. At the time, Batson was eighteen and newly married.
Batson recreates the sights and sounds that caused him to sometimes shut his eyes to block out the horror, from artillery fire to heart-sickening screams for medics--all the things he would remember for a lifetime.
$15.95 per copy plus $3.00 shipping. To contact the author: Denzil Batson, 158 Brooks Street, Republic, MO 65738; ph. 417-732-7423 or e-mail email@example.com.
Korean Battle Chronology
Letters of War
By Herbert G. Renner, Jr.,
A saga of the life of a young Corpsman, to whom the manuscript is dedicated, is told to give the reader an understanding of the route a man takes to become a Navy Corpsman and his ultimate insertion into the chaos with his Marine comrades and the courage that developed.
In all, it gives the convoluted and narrow picture from the eyes of a combatant to a broader picture of the war from summaries and excerpts. There is a multi-fariousness to the manuscript as it is prepared as a table of articles that are interconnected only as to the general subject – the era of the Korean War.
In the early days of his naval career, served with the Marines in Easy Company, 2nd Battalion, 5th Marines, an infantry company, as a Corpsman, rendering first aid to battle casualties during the Korean War. After the armistice served with the 1st Engineer Battalion on mine clearing details and in the battalion aid station. During the Vietnam War, served with a naval medical research unit studying diseases of military importance in Southeast Asia.
Retired with 22 years naval service in 1971 as a Master Chief Hospital Corpsman, USN, after which employed as a Purchasing Agent and later a Director of Materials Management in civilian hospitals for 16 years. Widower, two grown children. Presently living in Nevada on the High Desert.
Letters to Ann
Edited by Ann Marie
Letters to Ann is not what you expect. It is the Korean War as seen through letters sent to a four-year-old. Fathering from the violence of Korea, Capt. John F. Hughes finds and shares bits of humor about his everyday military existence to reassure his daughter that life indeed goes on, even in times of war. A very different snapshot of the "Forgotten War", the book is edited by Ann Marie (not the Ann to whom the letters were sent).
Review by Columnist Glenn Garvin, Miami Herald:
About the Editor:
Ann Marie started her career in television news and then went to law school. She was a trial litigation attorney in Colorado before she turned to editing.
184 pages, hardcover $24.99 through Amazon.com. ISBN-10: 0989378802. ISBN-13: 978-0989378802. Contact: Ann Marie, Editor, firstname.lastname@example.org. Ph. 303-399-1261.
Line Kansas - Memories of Korea 1950 to 1958
Authored by David Baillie
The events depicted throughout the book are short stories of experiences that took place in Korea during and through the years 1950 to 1958. While not in actual combat, the author provides information about many events that tell the story of the day to day life of one GI and the men he served with during these times. Every GI who has been in a campaign which involved the loss of life can recall the events, but each in his own way. Though they all saw the same action take place at the same time, when asked about it later, they retold it differently from others, as only their eyes saw it.
Combat is an experience that few ever forget, at least knowingly. Some suppress it within their minds to protect the mind from the real horrors of what the eyes have seen. These events become a color film in one's memory, and from time to time replay themselves to the viewer; the GI who went through it all. "They become our dreams, our baggage, and even our nightmares," says the author of "Line Kansas." "Some of us come to this point right after the event takes place and can't deal with it. Others block it out and some for 40 years or more, and still others never come to grasps with it."
Baillie's book contains many types of experiences, told in a down-to-earth manner with as little technical language as possible. A reader doesn't have to be a veteran to understand it. Baillie hopes it reflects the more human side of the soldier and that his readers understand that the dangers of war are not always getting shot at from on the line--Line Kansas.
The author of this book served in Korea with the 24th Infantry Division, 34th Infantry Regiment, 34th Tank Company. He later did tours there with the 1st Cavalry Division. His final tour in Korea was with B Troop, 1st Recon Squadron, 9th Cavalry Regiment.
For detailed information about his book and a good website about the 24th Infantry Division in Korea, see the Line Kansas website.
Mid-Century Warrior: A Soldier's Journey to Korea
Authored by Warren Gardner MacDonald
A nonfiction memoir providing the reader a close-up look at ground combat in Korea, 1951-1952. The Korean War was deadly, the enemy fought ferociously, with no quarter given by either side. This is a personal account of a 1950’s American soldier with the basics, barracks and bullets described in all the warts and glory of the era. The ending is bittersweet as the soldier leaves the service and reenters civilian life.
About the author: Warren Gardner MacDonald was born in Medford, Massachusetts in 1933. His family was of modest means and they worked hard to provide the basics of food, clothing and shelter during the depression years.
In 1950, Warren enlisted in the U. S. Army, serving for three years. While in Korea, he was awarded the Combat Infantry Badge, two Purple Hearts, the Korean Campaign Medal with two Bronze Stars, and other earned ribbons and medals. He spent eighteen months in Army Hospitals recovering from wounds received in combat.
He is a graduate of Boston University, with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree, and Long Island University, NY, with a Masters in Business Administration degree. Married, with four children, he is retired and resides with his wife, Dorothy Ellen, in Jupiter, Florida.
Missing Dog Tags: An American GI in North Korea
Authored by Kenneth Eaton
Review from Amazon.com:
You may wonder why I am buying this book instead of another one written on the Korean War. I am buying this because I met and know Ken Eaton, the author of this book. He goes to the church that I went to. This man is one of the most honorable people I have meet in my life. I had a once in a lifetime opportunity when he willingly shared stories of his experience in Korea with me, when my family visited him. I thought I knew what had happened in the war but talking to a person that was actually there is totally different and I am very privileged to have done that. Ken Eaton is a man that I hold in great regard and he is a hero in my book. Thanks Ken Eaton and everyone that helped bring this book into print. I'm glad I bought this.
M*L*B*U: Full Monty in Korea
Authored by Bob Ringma
This is a story of the Korean War in 1951/52 – with an unusual twist - the subject is not combat. It is about one of the very few amenities that Canadian troops had in that barren land, a Mobile Laundry and Bath Unit. Strangely enough, in the Canadian Brigade, it was this small unit which captured the first prisoners of war.
War is usually portrayed in the popular media as the firing of weapons and the movement of troops, ships and aircraft. Occasionally a movie such as M*A*S*H will show another side of war such as the medical. But we don't often hear about the logistical operations: the furnishing of food, water, supplies, and laundry and bath facilities.
Bob Ringma, as a Canadian officer in the army during the Korean conflict, was assigned to the Mobile Laundry and Bath Unit - the MLBU. It was his responsibility to move huge vans and personnel to locations near the Front where there was some form of running water, so he could provide weary troops with the luxury of a shower and clean clothing. The process of locating these sites was in itself an adventure.
According to the books forward by Lewis MacKenzie, OStJ, OOnt, MSC, CD, Major General (ret'd):
About the Author
He was the member of Parliament for Nanaimo-Cowichan (BC) from 1993 to 1997. Married to Paula MacDowell of Brockville, Ontario, in 1954, they have three children. Bob and Paula live in retirement in Kingston, ON.
170 pages, soft-bound, with photographs. $ 19.95 CAD. General Store Publishing House, Box 28, 1694B Burnstown Road, Burnstown, Ontario, Canada K0J 1G0; phone 1-800-465-6072. Website: www.gsph.com.
My Old Box of Memories: Thoughts of the Korean War
Authored by William M. Allen
Mr. Allen is an ex-prisoner of war.
$18.00 plus $3.00 for shipping. E-mail: wallen2@Tampabay.rr.com or write to William Allen, 421 4th Avenue., N. Tierra Verde, FL 33715
My Uncle Jim: Fullback General
Authored by Medora Van Fleet
I have written a book about my uncle, General James A. Van Fleet. I did not attempt to give a play by play account of all the battles, which were: Mexico and Pancho Villa, World War I, World War II landing on D-Day at Utah beach at the beginning, the Communistic terrorists of Greece who were trying to take over the country (he did not lose one American but won the war), and the one you know so well, Korea. This was like the Greek war in that they were fighting terrorists. He trained the Koreans through setting up a Korean "West Point", helping the ROKs and starting the Korean Service Corps. Later after retiring, he was appointed roving ambassador of Asia. He was on the boards of 20th Century Fox and Reynolds Aluminum and others. Uncle Jim said encyclopedias could report the battles.
As a local ROTC instructor historian friend said, "She told about the man behind the stars." It was the man and his ideas and ideals and how he accomplished them in which he was interested and wanted told.
General Van Fleet graduated from West Point with the class of 1915 "that the stars fell on." His last year only he played fullback football. The army/navy game was the last one. The New York Herald Tribune said: "Navy 0, Van Fleet 20" as its headline. Later he coached at the University of Florida for two years and it took about another 50 to equal his scores. That is why the "Fullback" General.
The book is filled with pictures which aid in telling his story. It is paper back. If you or your friends would be interested in my book, I can send it to you. The book is $29.95 and the postage is $3.00. Please contact me at the address below.
Medora Van Fleet, PhD
Authored by Frank "Bud" Farrell
"...I laughed and cried a number of times, some while even on the same page." - Ted Parker WWII B-29 Combat Crew Member
“Your Christmas Homecoming (HOMO GO) brought tears to my eyes. Really! Thank you for making me remember how lucky I am!” – Londa Boots, Assoc.Dir. Author Services, Authorhouse Publishing Co.
“Bud, I read all your postings, some times with tears, others with laughter but always with enjoyment” Bud, I not only enjoyed NO SWEAT but treasure it!" – Don Brzezinski, WW II B-29 Combat Crewman, Massapequa, NY
“EVERYBODY STAND UP"..."I thought I was in that airplane. You should take up writing or maybe you have.” -Earl Johnson, USAF Maj. Gen. Retired, WW II B-29 Aircraft Commander & 19th Bm.Gp.C.O.,Orlando, Florida
“NAMSAN-NI…What an excitingly told tale. Your ability to tell a story is a wonderful gift. You bring it to life as if we were really there!” - Jean Allen, WW II B-29 Combat Crewmember - WAS really there!
“…I laughed my ass off. Great stuff, if the rest of the book is as good, it should be a best seller.” –Don MacHenry, Graphic Artist, New Kensington, Pa.
“ I read your story with Tears…” – Iris Fry, B-29 Web Site
“OH BABY! I was right there…rocking in my chair to gain momentum…go GO! GOOOOOOOOOOO!!! What an excellent piece…EVERYBODY STAND UP…you made it so real…amazed at how you can vividly describe so much! I almost feel like I am sitting on your shoulder, feeling what you feel, taking in all your emotions. Oh what a wonderful work!! I love you my HUBBA HUBBA GUNNER!” Susan Bryan, Lt. US Army, Poet/Writer, Computer Artist
About the Author:
Nogun-ri: A Military History of the Korean War Incident
Authored by Robert Bateman
In the Fall of 1999 the world was shocked when the Associated Press revealed what appeared to be an account of a mass killing of defenseless civilians over a three-day period in the opening days of the Korean War at a place called Nogun-ri, Korea. According to the sources in the AP story, as many as 400 innocent civilians were wantonly gunned down for no reason by American soldiers who "played with our lives like little boys playing with flies," (as one of the Korean claimants put it) during a three day slaughter lasting from 26-29 July 1950. The unit accused of this crime was the 7th Cavalry regiment of the 1st Cavalry Division.
In the AP version of this story the American soldiers were witnesses and participants, and at least three of these American witnesses say they took part in or witnesses to what could only be called a case of mass murder. Six months later the AP team won the Pulitzer Prize for their reporting of this "massacre." But immediately after that the problems with their "investigative" reporting began to bubble to the surface. What made the story especially compelling was the AP's assertions that no story like this had ever been reported before, that historians were unaware of events like those they portrayed took place, and that they had "dozens" of American witnesses to the slaughter.
Nothing to Envy: Ordinary Lives in North Korea
by Barbara Demick
According to the National Book Foundation, this book is: "A gripping, astounding view into North Korea through the lives of six ordinary citizens—-an important story that has never been told before."
On the Sea of Purple Hearts
by co-authors George G. "Pat" Patrick and Henry H. "Jimmy" Patrick
Author Pat Patrick tells the Korean War Educator:
The 200-page book includes stories about minesweepers that sank during the Korean War, providing casualty lists of the crews that went down with their ships. It includes segments of news articles about minesweeping and rescue operations, as well as the authors' personal memories of serving on the Tawakoni.
Once A Fighter Pilot: The Story of Korean War Ace Lt. Gen. Charles G. "Chick" Cleveland
by Warren A. Trest
Operation Aviary: Airborne Special Operations-Korea, 1950-1953
by Colonel Douglas C. Dillard
A firsthand account of secret operations during the Korean War. Operation Aviary consisted of a series of airborne special operations conducted by US and Korean partisans behind the lines.
Endorsement by Nels Running, Major General, USAF (Ret), Executive Director, Department of Defense, Korean War Commemoration Committee.
The history of the Korean War remains unknown to far too many who owe gratitude to those whose courage, commitment and sacrifices secured a victory for freedom and democracy over communist aggression. Even deeper in the shadows of the unknown, lay the clandestine operations of 'special' forces, whose actions often serve to enhance the conventional forces' opportunities for success in combat operations. Cloaked in "special secrecy" at the time, the stories of special operations emerge from the shadows much later than conventional combat histories.
In this work, Colonel Doug Dillard illuminates an important arena of operations heretofore largely ignored: airborne special operations. Special operations teams and individuals, sometimes supported by or in conjunction with 'available' conventional resources, made daring airborne penetrations of the enemy's rear areas and areas of current combat operations to disrupt or defeat the enemy's operations. They gathered and reported critical elements of information regarding enemy dispositions and capabilities to the conventional forces. The men of "Operation AVIARY" were indeed force multipliers whose actions contributed immeasurably to the United Nations Command's victory over communist aggression. A FASCINATING READ!
Out of Savannah: Dog Company USMCR
Authored by James Edward McAleer
The compelling story of the men of Dog Company, 10th Infantry Battalion, USMCR, and the 182 men who bravely served in the Korean "police action".
This is an historical account of Dog Company, 10th Infantry Battalion, United States Marine Corps Reserve, and the experiences of the 182 men from Savannah, GA who came from all walks of life to serve together in the life-changing and world-changing Korean Conflict from 1950 to 1953.
Reviewed by The Leatherneck magazine in January, 2004, the reviewer stated "James Edward McAleer has done a superb job in capturing the experiences of these Korean veterans. Considering that he was writing about a war that took place more than a half-century ago, it is a truly extraordinary achievement."
"...their frostbitten fighting withdrawal from the Chosin Reservoir would be an unforgiving experience. McAleer writes, 'Dante made no mistake in The Inferno when he made the lowest levels of hell ice, not fire.'
Besides being a good read, the value of McAleer's book lies in its singular look at that bitter conflict, and chronicles the experiences of 56 of these Reserve Marines. Rarely does a reader of military history enjoy such an opportunity to examine a complex campaign from so many different personal perspectives."
The author served in World War II as well as the Korean Conflict and retired from the practice of law in 2003 after 50 years.
Outpost Kelly: A Tanker's Story
Authored by Jack R. Siewert
I am writing to inform you of a new book-- Outpost Kelly : A Tanker’s Story --that is about a personal Korean War experience. I think it would be of interest to your members.
My 82 year old father, Jack R. Siewert, wrote the book that was published recently by the University of Alabama Press. The memoir tells of his life altering experience in an outpost battle in Korea during 1952. While the book was undergoing the expert review process Dr. Paul Edwards, Executive Director of the Center for Study of the Korean War, was so impressed by this work that he offered to write the book’s forward.
I think this book is important to the memory of the Korean War veterans. I am including a copy of the press release and a picture of the book’s cover. If you need any further information please let me know. Thank you for your consideration! Cathy Gibney
Book review by Thomas Zacharis- Military History magazine, January/February 2007
In Outpost Kelly, Jack R. Siewert describes his experiences as a first lieutenant in command of the 2nd Platoon, C Company, 64th Armored Battalion, during the Korean War. His weapon, the M-46 Patton tank, was a development of the M-26 Pershing. Entering service at the end of World War II, the M-26 was better than the Soviet T-34/85 and German King Tiger, but it--and the M-46--were still inferior to the formidable Josef Stalin JS-3 heavy tank. In Korea, however, tanks seldom engaged each other.
In July 1952, Siewert's 2nd Tank Platoon was ordered to reinforce the 2nd Battalion, 7th Regiment, 3rd Infantry Division, to relieve disabled tanks of the unit's integral 7th Tank Company. That routine operation brought him to Hill 199 and nearby Outpost Kelly, from which his tanks bombarded Hill 317, then occupied by the 348th Regiment, 116th Division, 39th Army of the Chinese People's Volunteer Army.
Siewert got to know the United Nations troops fighting alongside the U.S. 3rd Infantry Division: the Greek Expeditionary Force and the 1st Division of the British Commonwealth. He explains how Korea's mountainous terrain dictated the tank's primary role as mobile artillery. Engines froze in the Korean winter, and the monsoon season meant that tanks were bogged down in mud, both factors that the U.S. Army staff should have taken into consideration when it studied World War II battles on the Eastern Front.
Amid the monsoons, the U.S. Army's I Corps replaced the 7th Regiment with the 15th, while Siewert's 2nd Tank Platoon was ordered to remain in position on Hill 199. Meanwhile the Chinese, who had already learned of the change in regiments, took advantage of the muddy terrain to launch an infantry assault that occupied Outpost Kelly. In spite of artillery preparation by Siewart's 90mm guns, the first American counterattack failed. At that point, it became a point of honor for the I Corps to retake Outpost Kelly.
The second American assault, on July 31, was better organized and resulted in the occupation of both Outpost Kelly and Hill 164. With one of his tanks out of action, Siewert supported that attack with his remaining 21. To increase the rate of fire, he developed a new, faster method of reloading the cannons that he called the "bucket brigade." For his courage and dedication, the 3rd Division put him in for the Bronze Star, which he received in December 1952. By then, however, the Chinese had retaken Outpost Kelly.
Siewert rightly observes that the U.S. Army in Korea seemed more reminiscent of 1918 than of 1952. Behind his writing I detected an underlying sorrow, not only for the loss of so many lives for an outpost but also as a reflection on the entire execution of the Korean War. Outpost Kelly is an excellent book on a forgotten aspect of the "Forgotten War" that could be particularly informative to young officer candidates training to be future commanders.
Military Club Book Review
Unfortunately, Korean War books are few and far between--and combat memoirs by soldiers who fought there are almost nonexistent. Why is that? I don't really know. But what I do know is that when a new Korean War book comes my way, I always give it an especially close look. Too many American soldiers died in that war, and it's a crime that it's still rightfully called the "forgotten war." When I received Outpost Kelly from Fire Ant Books, I got my hopes up--and I'm happy to report that I wasn't disappointed. To be honest, it exceeded my expectations.
When you begin reading the story of Jack Siewert, commander of a platoon of M-46 tanks, you won't stop. Siewart's descriptions of combat are so dead-on, it's as if you're there in the morass with him. The focus of this outstanding memoir is four days of intense fighting between Siewert's unit and Chinese forces. The objective: a seemingly unimportant hill named Outpost Kelly. But Siewert had his orders, and he was going to fight for the hill, come hell or high water. The fight was surely hellish itself and when the high water came in the form of monsoon rains, Siewart and his men found themselves fighting in a foot-deep field of mud.
Outpost Kelly doesn't only fill a gap in the history of American wars. It takes you on a mind-blowing trip into the heart of the Korean War. B/w photos. 176 pages.
Photographic Aerial Reconnaissance and Interpretation, Korea, 1950-1952: Yokota Air Base, Japan, Taegu and Kimpo Air Bases, Korea
Authored by Ben Hardy and Duane Hall
Fifty years after the Korean War, Ben Hardy and Duane Hall, photo interpreters in that conflict, could proudly say, "We were the first to know." Photo interpreters contributed volumes of intelligence information for many of the Korean air missions--including the Inchon landing and the Sukchon/Sunchon paratroop campaigns--in support of combat forces. "Never before in the history of warfare," the authors state, "were ground forces so rapidly supplied with photo intelligence as they were in the Korean conflict.
Admittedly caught off guard by the "unanticipated explosion on Korea's 38th Parallel," the Far East military establishment rushed American troops to South Korea from Japan, outlying areas of the Far East, and the United States, as well as from America's UN allies. Combat forces and the supporting intelligence community were pressed into immediate front-line support.
Ben Hardy and Duane Hall were part of this early support personnel, suddenly on alert status: U.S. Air Force photo interpreters with a new and awesome responsibility.
Aerial intelligence reports from photo reconnaissance missions, flown by pilots in unarmed planes, were critical to front-line operations. The photo interpreters were charged with preparing these reports, monitoring all enemy activity in the whole of North Korea and surrounding territory, gleaning all the information possible from a study of the aerial photos. Interpreters provided daily reports on the enemy to Commanders, from quickly processed film: reports on the enemy order of battle, the status of their airfields, their transportation lines and industries, and their artillery and antiaircraft installations--everything the U.S. Air Force could target and destroy that might adversely affect the enemy. Yet the Photo Intelligence people--and the photo interpreters--have been frequently overlooked in accounts of the Korean War.
Hardy and Hall have put together a record of their very personal experiences while stationed with the Far East Air Forces during the early stages of the war, with well over 100 photographic and documentary illustrations. Their purpose, they state, "has been to preserve some of the documents, photos, and memories." As part of the 548th Reconnaissance Technical Squadron at Yokota Air Base, Japan, and then the 67th RTS at Taegu and Kimpo Air Bases, Korea, the authors contribute to the historical record of the men on the ground, the often unsung support people who "enable the front-line troops to continue their task of defeating the enemy."
Prairie Boys at War Series - Volume I
Authored by Merry M. Helm
Prairie Boys at War: Korea is a unique, riveting, fast-paced account of men from the northern prairies who received the Medal of Honor, Distinguished Service Cross and/or Navy Cross for heroism in the Korean War. Through their experiences, as well as those of other combat veterans, the history of the war is told in graphic detail. These were depression-era farm boys, miners, sharpshooters, paperboys and athletes. Two were young physicians who thought they were spending a pleasant 90-day rotation in Japan before landing on the front lines of Korea instead. There’s no other book like it.
Volume 1: June– October 1950 covers the deadly delaying actions of the war’s first four months. Future volumes will cover the terrible winter and spring of 1950-51 during which hundreds of thousands of Chinese soldiers abruptly came to the aid of North Korea. The final volume of the series will cover the vicious but little known "outpost wars" of 1952-53.
“In a time when all most people know of Korea comes from “MASH” reruns, and when we pay lip service to honoring our soldiers, Merry Helm has done them the highest honor – she gives them a chance to tell their stories. And they are fascinating stories, told in vivid, propulsive prose that hooked me from the first page. Very well done. I’m green with envy.” Tom Pantera, Northwestern Oklahoma State University
“Outstanding. I have never read a book describing mortal combat as this does.” Joe Langone, Task Force Smith
“Dynamite!” Addison Terry, forward observer, 8th FAB, 25th ID
“Absolutely amazing and fantastic.” Jim Yeager, Sunchon Tunnel Massacre survivor
“One of the best books on the Korean War.” James Bolt, 63d FAB, 24th ID
“. . . chronicles the Korea War, during its formative phase, with utmost vividness and factual skill. It is so markedly exceptional and unlike other portrayals. You have described the horrors of war with a lucidity that no other author has done.” Leonard Becicka, 29th RCT and 35th Regiment, 25th ID
“I was reading some to our daughter, and I had tears before I was through. You have done some amazing work on this.” Sherri Willey (niece of Ray Rindels, Sunchon Tunnel Massacre)
About the Author:
Written & Illustrated by Robert Allen Carpenter, Sr.,
In this book the author writes about his experiences in the Korean War and after. Sadly, he died before the book was completed, so his wife, who also acted as editor, saw the project through to its completion. This is a used 8-1/2" x 11" hardcover with a pictorial cover, apparently issued without a jacket, that contains ink illustrations by the author as well as some black-and-white photographs. 109 pages. The author's wife (who also edited the book) signed the copyright page. Someone wrote on the inside of the front cover the words: "In loving memory of Robert Allen Carpenter, Sr." and dated it "September 2003". The pages have no creases or tears. The cover is scuffed along the edges and the corners turn inward. Black ink is smeared near the spine on the front cover (see photo). The entire book is detached from the spine beginning at the top and going down about 2" and, as a result, the top half of the book leans to the left (this could be corrected if the the 2-inch gap is re-attached with fresh glue). I am happy to say that no pages appear to be in danger of completely detaching. In fact, the binding is cracked only between two blank pages near the end and remains tight throughout the rest of the book.
Order Information: $30.00 plus $3.00 shipping/handling. Click here to order: http://tinyurl.com/57afc. This book is being offered for sale by a private individual.
Quiet Heroes: Navy Nurses of the Korean War, 1950-1953, Far East Command
Authored by Frances Omori, Commander, US Navy
Quiet Heroes tells the personal stories of the Navy nurses stationed at the Naval Hospital Yokosuka and aboard the hospital ships, USS Consolation (AH-15), USS Repose (AH-16) and USS Haven (AH-12). For fifty years the US Marines who were their patients held a deep desire to thank the nurses who saved their lives. Their efforts to find these nurses were thwarted as they never knew their names. Quiet Heroes tells of the Marines’ heroes as seen through their stories.
Authored by Lloyd W. Pate
Reactionary was the tag the Chinese put on Lloyd W. Pate when he was captured during the Korean War. It was a badge of honor for the young soldier. Placed with others in a Reactionary Squad, he did his best to torment the enemy, as was his duty. Looking back from a half-century afterward, 1SG Lloyd W. Pate, Ret. Inf., tells his story of combat and his term as a POW in frank, honest language. Torture and attempted brainwashing were the rule of the day and he depicts this in unflinching detail. Sabotage, misery, and the pain of seeing one's own countrymen collaborate with the enemy all had their part to play. Reactionary-Revised 2000 is a griping and important work. 1SG Lloyd W. Pate, Ret. Inf., served as an Infantryman for twenty-three years. In addition to his Korean service, Pate pulled two tours in Vietnam in the Second Battalion, Twelfth Cavalry, 1st Cavalry Division (1965-66) and in the Reconnaissance Platoon, First Battalion, 505th, Eight-second Airborne (1968-69). Now retired, Pate enjoys coin collecting and metal detecting. He is a resident of Georgia.
Round Trip, Looneyville/Tokyo Second Edition
Authored by Jake Miller, retired Navy veteran of multiple wars
The book affords the reader an opportunity to explore the little details of the lives of over fifty people who served their country in the military during the twentieth century from cultural and social perspectives, emphasizing the human and personal dimensions shouldered by them. The primary thrust of this book is to provide an honest look into those remarkable young people born in the 20th century who helped stave off the yoke of tyranny and save democracy in the United States until the 21st century. [ more info ]
Respect: Forgotten Heroes
Authored by Bob VandeLinde
Book Review by Col. William E. Weber, USA-Ret.
"There is an undeniable truism in the title of this book and sadly so. Yes, those whose stories appear are part of the "Greatest Generation" but only by inference--not by being featured. What the author has done is to provide a microcosm of the foregoing but in what could be called a 'homespun' format. Here you will find not only the wartime exploits in an abbreviated form as well as the 'everydayness' of their lives as if you were a close friend or neighbor.
There are the ingredients for a movie in almost every chapter in this book. Not combat action type movies, though that could be possible, but rather the stories of everyday Americans who got caught up in one of the major events of the 20th Century, World War II.
Bob VandeLinde has complied through research and the personal recollections of the personnel the events that are the subjects of each of his chapters. The stories are primarily first person and the events as they are remembered by those who lived them.
One can tell by the manner in which the events are depicted, those that were seared into memories by the trauma experienced versus those that the teller was a spectator or lesser involved participant. But, the difference in intensity does nothing to lessen the reader's interest in what is being presented, for these are the sixty plus years recall of those who 'were there and done that'!
Don't expect to find the remembrances of the famous or well known of World War II. These are the stories of the average 'Joe' or 'Jane' who were thrust into the caldron of a nation at war either willingly or by edict. And yet, their stories are truly what the war was all about for them. One will find willing volunteers--in fact, an entire family of four brothers, each who voluntarily sought duty--and one will also find those who became soldiery because the system so demanded.
Most appropriate is the title of this book for once one has made their way through the chapters it is apparent why the subjects in each deserves 'respect'. They were ordinary citizens who when called upon performed in an extraordinary manner! Not all were 'heroes' as depicted in film or autobiographical coverage. Rather, they were heroes in the sense they did their duty to the best of their ability--had they not, we could not have prevailed over an enemy that had the capability of defeating a lesser motivated nation of ordinary people had they failed to perform in an extraordinary manner. I recommend this book to those of the Greatest Generation who want to find their counter parts. You'll find their stories are yours.
Authored by Doug and Pam Sterner
Stolen valor occurs when a person lies about receiving military decorations that he or she has in fact never earned. It has become a major societal problem that has been discussed numerous times in the news and, most recently, by the US Supreme Court. According to The New York Times, the Department of Veterans Affairs paid disability benefits to more than six hundred people falsely claiming to have been POWs in the Vietnam and Persian Gulf wars. The number of stolen valor cases reported to the FBI has tripled in the last decade. In fact, more imposters lie about earning high military declarations for battlefield bravery than the actual number of real-life hero recipients. These imposters trade on tales and the trappings of military valor to secure privileges such as career advancements and even unearned veterans’ benefits.
Because officially recognized valor is a calling card of trust and courage, many of these imposters “steal” it to invade the lives of people and institutions, for personal gain and often with criminal results. In Restoring Valor, Doug Sterner provides riveting case studies of the stolen valor imposters he’s investigated and exposed, and the serious crimes — including murder — they’ve committed. He chronicles the evolution of stolen valor from the inception of the republic to today. Sterner demonstrates why the federal law he and his wife Pam helped to enact, called the Stolen Valor Act, is necessary.
With regards to the Korean War, there are several instances of veterans who have stolen valor. According to the Sterners, "Some were phonies from other wars who also included Korean War claims. Three specific Korean War 'heroes' who got significant portions in chapters of the book include: Werner “Jack” Genot – POW and Silver Star among other claims, Pat Putnam – Claimed POW, Navy Cross and 3 Purple Hearts (he was the famed Sports Illustrated Boxing Writer), and Myron Brown – Claimed DSC and SS in Korea (Tricked a Congressman into awarding him these years later)."
About the Authors:
Short Stories by John
Authored by John Kronenberger
This is a compilation of short stories about the many happenings and strange occurrences in the life of John Kronenberger, who grew up in a poor family in the southern part of Belleville, Illinois. John says, "Quite often we tend to blot out some of the more unpleasant things that happen to us. I find it easier to write about them than to hold them within." Pages 165 to 239 are devoted to John's military experience, including his time while stationed in Korea during the war. Comments from readers of John's Short Stories: "This is John's way of paying tribute to his many associates while in the military and with others. A celebration of his spirit in his way through life." "John, I will be passing this and other books by veterans on to my grandson who is in the Marine Corps. Semper Fi. Well done." "I enjoyed reading your book. The part I enjoyed most was your military time because I could relate to that. Your personal life was very interesting." "When I started reading the book I said to my wife, 'My goodness, these stories bring back some nice memories of the early years in my own life. These stories could have well been about my childhood years in Pennsylvania during the 1930's. You see John, I too grew up during the great depression when everybody had nothing but their families and friends and shared everything with everybody including their joys and miseries. I truly believe that the similarity of our backgrounds, the time of our growing up followed by our military service during the Korean War era is what made your book of short stories so enjoyable for me."
SOS Korea 1950
Authored by Raymond B. Maurstad
Stay Safe, Buddy (A Story of Humor & Horror During the Korean War)
Authored by John Charles Cheek
Fiction. This soft-bound book has 298 pages. The ISBN is 159286631X. A signed copy may be ordered by sending a check for $20 (U.S. delivery) to: John C. Cheek, 17401 SE 39th Street, #104, Vancouver, WA 98683. The book is also available from the publisher at www.publishamerica.com, www.Amazon.com and most other online book sellers. With shipping, it typically costs around $25 from them.
Tent Pegs and 2nd Lieutenants
Authored by John W. Harper
The most dramatic events of the Korean War all took place during the year following the June 25, 1950, invasion of South Korea by the North Korean Peoples Army. This has led too many people to believe the second and third years of the war involved no real fighting but only public relations battles and quibbling about repatriation of prisoners of war. In fact, thousands of military personnel on both sides were killed or wounded during this so-called quiet period.
It is the reality of this fierce fighting that 1st Lieutenant John Harper recalls and recreates in this well-crafted memoir. His portraits are drawn from the generally untold portion of the Korean War narrative. They deal not with grand strategy and politics, but with the lives, deaths and psychological stresses of the junior officers and enlisted men who were in the foxholes and fighting to hold the lines in that "forgotten war."
The author shares a Marine heritage with his father and brother, and various ancestors joined in battles ranging from the Civil and Revolutionary wars back to medieval European clashes. John left Yale University in 1943 to join the Marines and saw service on Guam and in the north China occupation. Recalled to active duty in 1951, he came under fire in the Korean War - the subject of this book. He completed his Yale degree in 1947 and subsequently worked in advertising for such agencies as Leo Burnett and J. Walter Thompson until his retirement. He now lives in Evanston, Illinois, also the city of his youth.
The Boys of Fifty
Authored by MSgt R. L. Hanson
The Boys of Fifty - the 625th Field Artillery Battalion, 40th Infantry Division, California National Guard. This is the battalion's history from the time of its organization in 1946 until it was reorganized and re-designated the 214th Armored Field Artillery Battalion in 1954. More than five years in the making, this book covers the battalion from its beginnings in Southern California following World War II, through its Korean War activation and training at Camp Cooke, service in Japan, combat in Korea and return home. It includes pictures, a battalion roster of more than a thousand names, casualty list, and battery TO&E's for a light field artillery battalion of the 1950's.
The Boys of Fifty can also be obtained at www.lulu.com/contact/263930.
The Coldest Winter: America and the Korean War
Authored by David Halberstam
DETAILS COMING SOON!
The Forgotten Road Warriors
by Louis Diggs
Diggs' book is about a Maryland National Guard unit that served in Korea in 1950. As a matter of fact, his unit, the 726th Transportation Truck Company of the Maryland National Guard, was the first United States National Guard to arrive in Korea on December 31, 1950, and pressed into providing transportation services to the 1st Calvary Division immediately upon debarking from the converted Liberty Ship, the Sergeant Sylvester Antolak.
"The Forgotten Road Warriors" documents the history of the 726th Transportation Truck Company with its parent
These two units were descendants of an all African American military unit from the Baltimore, Maryland area called "The Monumental City Guards," who had their beginning in 1879. They were accepted into the Maryland National Guard in 1882 as a "Separate Company." This all African American military unit was called to active duty during the Spanish American War, World War I when they fought in France, World War II when they ended up in Hawaii, and was the only Maryland National Guard unit ordered to active duty to support the Korean War. By then the unit was converted to a truck battalion (the 231st) with three truck companies. One truck company was deployed to Germany, one truck company was deployed to Fort Eustis, Virginia, and one truck company, the 726th was deployed to Korea with the battalion headquarters. The battalion was headed by an African American Lieutenant Colonel.
When the Korean War ended, in 1955 the 231st was returned to Maryland State control. The Adjutant General wanted to revert the unit to its original segregated status, but the unit was totally integrated in Korea in 1951, and the officers rebelled against reverting to the old segregated status. With help from the social and civic organization, the Governor of Maryland in 1955 ended segregation in the Maryland National Guard. Diggs' book documents the history of this unit from 1879 until 1955. According to Diggs, "Researching and publishing a book on this African American military unit has been the job of my life. I thoroughly enjoyed putting the book together with its numerous interviews of the Korean War era veterans and reflecting the many photographs in the book." Diggs retired from the Regular Army in October 1970.
The Korean War: A View From the Rear
By Grant W. Cole
About the Author:
The Korean War and Me
Authored by Ted Pailet
The Korean War and Me is a memoir covering Ted Pailet's first 24 years. The story centers on the author's experiences in Korea during the war and includes his growing up in the South. As an ROTC lieutenant, Ted’s assignments included searching for missing-in-actions and commanding the United Nations Military Cemetery in Korea. These assignments provided a variety of extraordinary experiences and encounters with extremely interesting individuals. Embedded in the story are scenes from the author's childhood, high school days, and college. He also shares his opinions on matters such as religious beliefs, racial relations, ideology, and politics.
393 Days: A Marine Battery Commander's Firsthand Account of the Korean War, 1951-1952
Transcription and Editorial by John Harris
Authored by Col. Douglas C. Dillard
This book is entitled, Tiger Hunters as the result of the author's research of the first time US forces fought Korean Forces in 1871. A US Naval party sailed up the Han River to enter the (Hermit Kingdom), as Korea was referred to by the West that wanted open trade and Korea refused. The naval party fought Koreans at Kangwha Do where a fortress guarded the access to Seoul. Lt. Hugh W. McGee, a US Naval Academy graduate, scaled the fortress wall and was killed by a spear. The defending Korean forces were "the Tiger Hunters." Each had to have single-handedly killed a tiger--hence the name Tiger Hunters. They were sworn to fight to the death and never be captured. Their uniforms were solid white. The Korean General in command's colors are still at the US Naval Academy awaiting a united Korea before they may be returned. Six Marines and nine sailors were awarded the Medal of Honor, at the time the only medal for bravery awarded and the first awarded for foreign service. Officers received brevet promotions in lieu of medals. Lieutenant McGee has a plate in his honor on the wall in the US Naval Academy Church in Annapolis.
In view of this history, the author entitled his book in recognition of our men, but in historical recognition of our partisans and agents equated to the bravery of the original Tiger Hunters. The book covers all aspects of the Partisan warfare waged against the Chinese and North Korean Forces from July 1950 until July 1953 when hostilities ceased. Tiger Hunters is thoroughly documented with citations from the National Archives, as well as personal interviews of Korean agents and partisans and US veterans who served in the 8086 and 8240th Army Units that conducted the unconventional warfare.
About the Author:
The Last Stand of Fox Company: A True Story of U.S. Marines in Combat
Authored by Bob Drury and Tom Clavin
On May 11, 2008, a Marine Corps battalion serving in Afghanistan dedicated its camp in honor of Col. William E. Barber, a Medal of Honor recipient who served with the battalion during the Korean War. though Barber was one of the few in any branch of the United States military to have commanded men in World War II, Korea, and Vietnam, he is perhaps best known for his heroic command of Fox Hill in the winter of 1950, during which his small band of Marines saved the lives of nearly 8,000 of their brethren.
Though well-known in military circles as one of the greatest military achievements of our time, the true story of what happened on that hill has never been told--until now. With The Last Stand of Fox Company: A True Story of U.S. Marines in Combat, Bob Drury and Tom Clavin, bestselling authors of Halsey's Typhoon, use first-hand interviews with survivors as well as recently-opened archives to bring to life the story of then-Captain Barber and the 246 Marines of Fox company. In an interview, Drury and Clavin can discuss:
The Last Stand of Fox Company reads like a fast-paced thrilled, a story that is all the more astonishing for being true. The men of Fox Company were everyday soldiers who faced extraordinary circumstances. When called upon to hold a strategic piece of land against crushing odds, they "fought like Marines."
About the Authors:
Bob Drury is a contributing editor and foreign correspondent for Men's Health magazine who has reported from numerous war zones. His last book, The Rescue Season, was made into a documentary by the History Channel.
Tom Clavin is the author of eight books, including Dark Noon: The Final Voyage of the Fishing Boat Pelican.
Atlantic Monthly Press; January 13, 2009; ISBN:978-0-87113-993-1; 336 pages; $24; cloth. Contact: Grove/Atlantic, Inc., 841 Broadway, New York, NY 10003-4793; phone 212-614-7850; fax 212-614-7886.
The Lasting Regret: DMZ The Sleeping Volcano
Authored by Young S. Koo
This book is a brief history about why the Korean War was started and how the DMZ was made. The North invaded the South on June 25, 1950 and the cease fire was commanded by the International Military Armistice Committee in July 1953 and then the DMZ was created to secure each side. It tells how young Korean soldiers defended their territories under the enemy's constant attacks in order to distract the soldiers' military performance. The DMZ is the lasting regret to Korean people and it will be the sleeping volcano as long as the North is developing the nuclear weapons. - Young S. Koo
How many people remember “the forgotten Korean War”? The Korean War developed on June 25, 1950 and lasted for three years until the cease fire was initiated on 1953, and then the DMZ was formed by the Military Armistice Agreement to secure each side. When Korea was liberated by America right after the Pacific War, the country was divided into north and south because of the territorial disputes between USA and the Soviet Union.
I joined the army when I was a freshman in college to finish the mandatory military service because I wanted to study medicine in America. When I finished the military training, I was sent to the front line to protect our country from the enemy. While serving my military obligation I experienced many enemy attacks. Here’s the part of military services in the DMZ and tells how we have fought against the enemy.
The North sent many soldiers to infiltrate the South and disturbed our soldiers’ moral and spiritual performances, but we overcame the enemy’s military and mental challenges and then sealed our territories intact.
There were a few young soldiers who fell into the mental disorders due to persistent DMZ guarding day and night. Furthermore, the North Korean enemy constantly propagandized through the loud speaker to seduce and distract our soldiers’ military duties. It is a painful country separation since our independence and the birth of the DMZ will be the lasting regret to Korean people for many years to come. South Korea is under constant threats and intimidations by North Korea from developing nuclear weapon. As long as the DMZ exists there will be no peace in Korea. Most of all, the USA and Soviet Union are responsible to reunify the country into one nation. - Young S. Koo
About the Author
ISBN: 9781434364142; hardcover; 308 pages, $20.90; also available in paperback. Contact: AuthorHouse, 888-519-5121.
The Superfortress and Its Final Glory
Authored by Lt. Col. George A. Larson
The information for this book is based on the Korean Air War Powser Symposium, sponsored by Headquarters Pacific Air Air Forces in June 2001, "Assessing the Korean War Bombing Campaign."
About the Author
3 Years - 2 Months - 22 Days
Written by Robert Levy
Follow the author through his three-plus years in the Korean War. Using letters and photographs that were preserved through the decades that followed the war--along with his memories of Korea, Bob Levy tells the story of his time in the Army 1951 extending into 1955. He states that his book "is an accurate description of what we did, how we lived, and some of the people with whom I shared Army life."
Levy was a radio operator with the 501 Signal Battalion (a non-combat outfit) based northeast of Seoul in the Korean community of Chip-o-ri. His book provides detailed information about living conditions in Korea, his thoughts on everyday life in his unit, events that took place (including a chronology of daily happenings), and more. To those who were there, this book will bring back some strong memories. To those who were not there, you will get an education about Korea during the war years.
218 pp., paperback. $22.06 includes handling and shipping. Order through www.lulu.com.
To My Dearest Wife: Letters from the Korean War
Compiled by Ronda Bagnall Rohde
The author's husband, Leroy C. Rohde, served in Korea from July 1952 until the end of August 1953. During this time he wrote letters nearly every day, and every letter started, "My Dearest Wife." Mrs. Rohde has written a book about their life together and has included many of the letters. The letters tell about the living conditions and the war. They tell about going to Japan on R&R, about USO shows, building bunkers and moving from one location to another. There are many pictures of Korea and the military, including a helicopter removing the wounded.
Soft-bound, 234 pages. $15.00 plus $4.00 postage and handling. Contact: Ronda Rohde, 215 Park Forest Blvd., Englewood, FL 34223.
Turning the Corner on Life
Authored by Arnold Silveri
Turning the Corner on Life is a book covering more than seventy years of the author's life. Like any other autobiography, it is about family, friends, and personal experiences shared. It does not include every single thing that happened in Arnold Silveri's life, but there are, however, humorous nostalgic references to music, movies, radio, television, sports, social/cultural political names, places, and events intermingled within the chronology of his life.
Arnold Silveri was serving in Korea in 1957 when he was granted permission to go on R&R. Minutes into the flight that was supposed to take him to Japan, the giant C-124 transport that he was in crashed in the Han River. Chapter Twenty-Two of the book describes the flight, crash, and aftermath in detail.
About the Author:
Turning Point: The Air National Guard and the Korean War
Authored by Dr. Charles J. Gross
This graphics-intense booklet features five chapters: Mobilized; Baptism Under Fire; Containing the Conflict; Global Air Power; and Revamping the Reserves. Mobilized: Eighty percent of the Air Guard was called up for the Korean War, exposing its weaknesses as a reserve program. Baptism under Fire: Air Guardsmen flew 39,530 combat sorties and destroyed 39 enemy aircraft. However, the war claimed 101 of its own.
Containing the Conflict- The Air Guard played an integral role in strengthening NATO defenses in Europe and trying to prevent another world war. Global Air Power: While some Air Guardsmen deployed to Korea, most remained in the U.S. bracing for a possible Soviet attack.
Revamping the Reserves- The mobilization fiasco forced the Air Force to accommodate the Air Guard and overhaul its reserve system. "When Are We Going? The Army National Guard and the Korean War, 1950-1953" Authored by Renee Hylton, this 65-page soft-bound booklet tells the story of the Army National Guard during the Korean War.
This booklet includes the following chapters:
The booklet includes lots of truly wonderful pictures associated with the Army National Guard. In addition, it has appendixes which list the Army National Guard units that served in Korea, as well as Army National Guard units federalized for the Korean War
Unforgotten Hero: Remembering a Fighter Pilot's Life, War and Ultimate Sacrifice
Authored by Jim Escalle
This book tells the life story of the author's uncle, 2nd Lieutenant Jimmy L. Escalle, a United States Air Force fighter pilot who became missing in action during the Korean War. Growing up in a small farming town in California's San Joaquin Valley during the 1930s and 1940s, Jim was a devoted son, a caring older brother, a talented athlete, and a young man of moral character who always put others first. He started high school as the Second World War was at its peak, and graduated during a time of transition within America and around the world. He had always wanted to fly airplanes someday, and with the introduction of jet propulsion during his high school years, he dreamed of becoming a jet pilot.
Called to serve his country after the Korean War began, his dream became a reality when he joined the Air Force and eventually got the opportunity to fly the F-86 Sabre, regarded as the most advanced jet fighter of its time. Soon after arriving in Korea he went on his first missions, which were MiG Alley sweeps. However, since Jim was assigned to a fighter-bomber squadron, the majority of his combat missions were air-to-ground. These were the most dangerous missions.
In Korea, more pilots had been killed or listed as MIA due to being shot down by ground fire rather than enemy aircraft. For Jim, this fact was realized only five weeks before the armistice was signed. He paid the ultimate price for freedom when he disappeared while on a combat mission over North Korea and was never seen or heard from again.
About the Author
When Jim was around eight years old, he was told that he had an uncle who fought and died in the Korean War. At the time, he had been fascinated with anything related to World War II, especially the air war. Jim liked to watch movies on the subject, along with reading just about every book he could find. He also enjoyed going to local air shows and seeing airplanes such as the P-51 Mustang and P-47 Thunderbolt going through their amazing aerial maneuvers.
But it wasn't until Jim began the research on his uncle's life and his involvement in the Korean War that he came to appreciate the sacrifice his uncle's generation made for our country. His book not only pays tribute to his uncle, but to every airman who fought and died over the skies of Korea.
U.S. Marine Operations in Korea
A few years ago, Robert J. Speights decided to do some reading about Korea and the "police action." He started at the local library where he found Volume I of the five volume series, U.S. Marine Operations in Korea, published by the Historical Branch, G-3 Division, Headquarters, USMC. According to Speights, "It read like the best war novel, but it wasn't fiction. Maps and footnotes documented each action, but they were separate and didn't get in the way of the narrative. Each page was filled with the names of Marines. I even found a reference to my own outfit on page 156. It wasn't a flattering reference, and it wasn't one of our better days, but the memories it brought back about that particular action were priceless."
Speights had the idea to reprint the entire series U.S. Marine Operations in Korea, and did so with the permission of the Historical Branch, G-3 Division, Headquarters, U.S. Marine Corps. The reprints are exact reproductions of the original hard-cover volumes. End papers (maps) are in three colors. Blue cloth covers featuring the Marine Corps emblem stamped in gold leaf are used throughout. Acid-free paper (an improvement on the original) and library binding are standard.
If you are a Marine, were a Marine, know a Marine, or are just plain interested in the Corps and/or the Korean War, you'll want these books for your library. This is a limited printing. Orders are for immediate delivery, but they are filled on a first come, first served basis.
Each volume costs $27.50 per book. Postage is $3.50 for the first book and $1.25 for each additional book. Texas residents must add .0825 sales tax. Allow 4 to 6 weeks for delivery. Send your check to R.J. Speights, P.O. Box 140733, Austin, TX 78714-0733. Phone 512-836-0458. [KWE NOTE: Bob Speights died in 2015.]
U.S. Prisoners of War in the Korean War
Their Treatment and Handling by the North Korean Army and the Chinese Communist Forces
The Korean War Ex-POW Association joined forces with Turner Publishing Company and M. T. Publishing Company, Inc., to publish this book in commemoration of the 50th Anniversary in 2003 of the end of the Korean War. It is an historical resume of the experiences undergone by U.S. military personnel interned by the North Korean Army and the Chinese Communist Forces during the Korean War. During this time, information as to the existence and activities of the POWs was almost entirely dependent upon enemy propaganda and media. It was only after the release of these prisoners in 1953 that the full story as to their treatment became available. Based on the intensive debriefing of 34 returnees ranging in rank from Private First Class to Lieutenant Colonel by the Army Security Center as well as information from the debriefing of additional returnees and information gathered from various studies, this publication presents an accurate and shocking review of the methods utilized by the Communists to contain and exploit U.S. POWs.
Voices from the Korean War: Personal Stories of American, Korean, & Chinese Soldiers
Compiled by Richard Peters and Xiaobing Li
Warrior…By Choice…By Chance
Authored by Jack M. Anderson
Covers the life of Jack M. Anderson as an infantry soldier during World War II in the SWPAC area and the Korean War.
In the Korean War, Anderson was with the 2nd Infantry Division, 38th Infantry Regiment. He was the Operations Sergeant for the 1st Battalion, 38th Infantry Regiment. He joined the battalion on August 1, 1950 and was wounded and captured on February 12, 1951. Anderson escaped three times and got back to Allied lines on February 24, 1951.
We Were Innocents: An Infantryman in Korea
Authored by William D. Dannenmaier
The book’s author, William D. Dannenmaier served in Korea with the U.S. Army from December 1952 to January 1954. His military service began as a radioman and then as a radio scout with the 15th Infantry Regiment. Eager to serve a cause in which he fervently believed—the safeguarding of South Korea from advancing Chinese Communists—he enlisted in the army with an innocence that soon evaporated. Woven throughout is Dannenmaier’s narrative account of his combat experiences, including a vivid re-creation of the bloody battle for Outpost Harry, which he describes as "trivial and insignificant—except to the men who fought it." A high-intensity, eight-day battle for a hill American forces would abandon three months later with the signing of the truce, Outpost Harry was largely ignored by the press despite heavy casualties and many official citations for heroism.
From Dannenmaier's vantage point as an Everyman, Dannenmaier describes the frustration of men on the front lines who never saw their commanding superiors, the exhaustion of soldiers whose long-promised leaves never materialized, the transitory friendships and shared horrors that left indelible memories. Endangered by minefields and artillery fire and ground down by rumors and constant tension, these men returned—if they returned at all—profoundly and irrevocably changed.
What's a Commie Ever Done to Black People?
Authored by Curtis J. Morrow
Reviewed by Ian Ralston. Book review forwarded to the KWE by Curtis J. Morrow.
Although the title of What’s A Commie Ever Done To Black People: A Korean War Memory clearly suggests that this book will be about the war recollections of a young African American soldier, this work is in fact more far reaching.
In the first section the author recounts his experiences of training and eventual combat in Korea, in almost forensic detail. The horror of the conflict and its impact on American soldiers, Korean civilians and Korean troops (both North and South) is portrayed in vivid and often disturbing detail. The many and detailed verbal exchanges the author recounts also highlight the contradictions many African Americans troops faced whilst ‘fighting for freedom’ but at the same time (mainly recounted by the conversations with soldiers from the American deep south) the inequalities and racism faced (back) in America.
In later sections the author recounts his growing awareness of the world outside the USA. Consequently, the text could also be considered a personal rite of passage, yet despite this the reader is often left with the feeling of wanting to know more about the author’s life, family and aspirations before joining the military. The sections dealing with his recuperation from injury, court martial and service in Japan, add weight to the author’s views regarding the nature of military life. Particularly of significance are the recollections of Japan that seem to draw together both his ability to ‘play’ the system in order to survive, and to find purpose. His increased awareness of ‘place’, his extensive sexual activities (that say much about male attitudes, particularly at time of war) and growing sense of awareness brought on by the experience of war and the military culture are also apparent, though not often 'comfortable’ for the reader. This is particularly the case regarding attitudes to women.
The point of awareness and sense of identity is highlighted in his discussions with a fellow (African American) soldier over their African heritage and history. “I first took it as a racist insult. How dare he connect me with Africa, me, an American soldier that had proven myself on the battlefield…..later during that night….I thought of my grandfather….telling us small kids that his father had told him he was an African…..then I too was of African descent. The realization startled me. How could I be so stupid? Then I realized it wasn’t so much stupidity as ignorance…” (page 126)
There is also, in the later section of the text, some ominous foreshadowing when the author recounts his service with an airborne unit dropping supplies to the French in Vietnam.
Overall, this text makes a valid contribution to not only the study of oral history of war (particularly the too often neglected area of Korea) but also to studies of masculinity and African American identity. This is achieved essentially through the strongly narrative driven nature of the text.
McFarland Publishers. ISBN:0-7864-0333-0