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Give Me Tomorrow: The Korean War's Greatest Untold Story--The Epic Stand of the Marines of George Company

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4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

why war is hell

I was a member of George Company, 3rd Battalion, 1st Regiment, 1st Marine Division or G-3-1 in Korea. I've waited 60 years for someone to tell our story.. Fate must have sent Patrick O'Donnell to uncover this story before it was too late.

He brought this story to viv...
I was a member of George Company, 3rd Battalion, 1st Regiment, 1st Marine Division or G-3-1 in Korea. I've waited 60 years for someone to tell our story.. Fate must have sent Patrick O'Donnell to uncover this story before it was too late.

He brought this story to vivid interest and readability. We were 19 and 20 year olds that had to be the least trained Marines going into a battle. In World War ll we usually outnumbered the enemy but in Korea it was the opposite. Usually 10-20 to 1.

I still can't believe we did what we did.

posted by bobbyjuly on November 1, 2010

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1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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...
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.
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 by SoldierScholar on December 15, 2010

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    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.
    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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