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Posted December 15, 2010
Great book for those interested in a ground-eye view of the Korean War
Give Me Tomorrow is a good read for anyone interested in a ground level view of the Korean War, or in the Marine Corps experience during the conflict. Patrick K. O'Donnell constructs the narrative from oral history interviews that he conducted, but supplements them with well known Korean War secondary literature. The story follows the exploits of George Company, Third Battalion, First Marines during the Korean War with particular emphasis on the Company's experience in the Chosin Reservoir.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
O'Donnell does a fine job weaving together the remembrances of these forgotten heroes into a coherent narrative that is engaging and fast paced. The experience of combat varies for every person and the more complex the fight, the more diverse the memories. George Company faced impossible odds in each of the battles it participated in starting with the Inchon landing. The men faced complex enemy situations including ambushes, roadblocks, snipers, and tanks during their missions. Crafting a lucid narrative from all this was no easy task and O'Donnell's greatest strength is his ability to do just that. Give Me Tomorrow would benefit from the addition of more official sources such as Battalion logs or after-action reports, but nevertheless, the book is a testament to the resolve and bravery of the young men who faced immense hardship and personal loss in the harshest of places.
I was fortunate enough to be at the George Company reunion in November 2010, when the Company dedicated a memorial at the Marine Corps Museum in Quantico, Virginia. It was an honor to meet these heroes in person and witness the powerful bonds forged between them in battle. They taught me as much about leadership and comradeship in a few short days as I had learned in fifteen years in the Army and two combat tours in Iraq. I remain humbled by these men and can only hope that my generation of Soldiers and Marines earns their respect.
Posted January 6, 2011
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