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GONE TO GRAVEYARDS-an epic novel of the Korean War BOOK TWO
     

GONE TO GRAVEYARDS-an epic novel of the Korean War BOOK TWO

by Brewster Milton Robertson
 
GONE TO GRAVEYARDS-An Epic Novel of the Korean War has a immediate relevance as today, over a half-century after the Korean truce was signed, incredibly the daily headlines portend the ominous threat of North Korea’s nuclear ambition while UN troops still anxiously patrol the Demilitarized Zone at the 38th Parallel.
Pundits have variously called

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GONE TO GRAVEYARDS-An Epic Novel of the Korean War has a immediate relevance as today, over a half-century after the Korean truce was signed, incredibly the daily headlines portend the ominous threat of North Korea’s nuclear ambition while UN troops still anxiously patrol the Demilitarized Zone at the 38th Parallel.
Pundits have variously called the Korean War "a black hole of history" and "The Forgotten War." Most of the meager legacy of written history about the so-called “Forgotten War” would have current and future generations believe the Korean War began on June 25, 1950 when the North Koreans crossed the 38th Parallel into Seoul and ended slightly over one year later on July 10, 1951, the date both sides sat down at negotiating tables at Panmunjom, a village a few miles north of Seoul.
This is the farthest thing from the truth.
During the ensuing two years of bickering between the negotiators before the truce was finally signed on July 27, 1953, the bitter and bloody fighting continued to rage—literally within a day’s march of the truce tents themselves—on meaningless land features nicknamed Old Baldy, Pork Chop Hill, Whitehorse Mountain, Bloody Ridge, Iron Triangle, Heartbreak Ridge, et. al., with a mind-boggling total loss of life and limb to over 400,000 American and UN soldiers and an estimated 1,200,000 of the North Korean and Chinese, as well.
In much the same way James Jones’ Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, From Here to Eternity, describing the workaday existence of soldiers at Schofield Barracks in Hawaii during the days leading up to the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941, and Denis Johnson’s National Book Award-winning Tree of Smoke, describing the surreal quality of life in the combat zone became definitive novels of WWII and Vietnam, the narrative arc of Gone to Graveyards, begins with the North Korean invasion of Seoul—six weeks before the marriage of an ill-starred pair of young, southern, middle-class American sweethearts: Collier Boyd Ramsay, an aspiring artist, and, Emma Lowell, a honors-graduate registered nurse—and follows the day-to-day effect this demoralizing conflict had on their lives, continuing a full five months beyond the signing of the truce on July 27, 1953 through Operation Big Switch and on into mid-December 1953.
Bittersweet young love, youthful dreams shattered by war, wartime promiscuity and betrayal, heart-clenching human suffering, inspiring heroism and long-kept-secret atrocities eclipsing the outrage of the Vietnam massacres at My Lai and My Khe, Gone to Graveyards offers up the foibles of this educated, but relatively unsophisticated couple as a metaphor for a racially-segregated, socially-oppressive workaday American society, examining under the burning glass, the soul-scarring psychological and physical toll the carnage of this shameful war exacted upon a world still quaking under the shadow of mushroom clouds—delivering after a half-century clouded in obscurity, the all-encompassing history of the Korean War.

Product Details

BN ID:
2940012455253
Publisher:
Mangus Hollow Books
Publication date:
04/27/2011
Series:
GONE TO GRAVEYARDS-an epic novel of the Koreean War , #2
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
768,897
File size:
721 KB

Meet the Author

BREWSTER MILTON ROBERTSON

Brewster Milton Robertson, Class 30-52, has been inducted into The Field Artillery Officer Candidate School Hall of Fame at Fort Sill, Oklahoma in a ceremony held at the base Patriot Club on May 7, 2010.

The Field Artillery Officer Candidate School (OCS) Hall of Fame was established on 26 June 1968 by General Order Number 115, Headquarters, United States Army Artillery and Missile Center, Fort Sill, Oklahoma. The Hall of Fame honors the heroism and exceptional achievement of its graduates and recognizes the outstanding contributions of these officers to their country and the Field Artillery.

After graduating from OCS, Robertson attended the Medical Service Corps Basic Officers Course at Fort Sam Houston before serving at Camp Picket, Virginia, as a Platoon Leader and Exec in Company B, 6th Medical Training Battalion until he received orders for Korea in June 1953. There he was assigned as Adjutant to the 121st Evacuation Hospital. After the signing of the truce and following the completion of Operation Big Switch, he was rotated home in late November with an early release from active duty.

Following his military service, Robertson began work in the pharmaceutical industry. In 1981, he was invited to the White House to consult with Nancy Reagan’s fledgling efforts to combat drug use among school-age children. In the late 1980’s, he transferred his copywriting skills and considerable medical marketing experience to the specialized area of public relations for private hospitals.

Robertson retired from medical marketing in 1992 to begin his current career as a novelist, writer and literary critic. He is author of three published novels: Rainy Days and Sundays (2000), The Grail Mystique (2003), and A Posturing of Fools (2004). Each novel includes a character who attended OCS at Fort Sill with the portrayal of the school always in the most positive light. Robertson has recently completed an epic Korean novel.

In his varied endeavors, Brewster Milton Robertson has also been a commercial artist, teacher, photographer’s model, film actor, ghost writer and consulting editor and a public relations beacon for Field Artillery OCS.

Robertson and his wife, Charlotte Jones Cabaniss Robertson, are residents of Auburn, Alabama.

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