The Last Stand of Fox Company: A True Story of U.S. Marines in Combat

The Last Stand of Fox Company: A True Story of U.S. Marines in Combat

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by Bob Drury, Tom Clavin
     
 

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November 1950, the Korean Peninsula: After General MacArthur ignores Mao’s warnings and pushes his UN forces deep into North Korea, his 10,000 First Division Marines find themselves surrounded and hopelessly outnumbered by 100,000 Chinese soldiers near the Chosin Reservoir. Their only chance for survival is to fight their way south through the Toktong

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November 1950, the Korean Peninsula: After General MacArthur ignores Mao’s warnings and pushes his UN forces deep into North Korea, his 10,000 First Division Marines find themselves surrounded and hopelessly outnumbered by 100,000 Chinese soldiers near the Chosin Reservoir. Their only chance for survival is to fight their way south through the Toktong Pass, a narrow gorge that will need to be held open at all costs. The mission is handed to Captain William Barber and the 234 Marines of Fox Company, a courageous but undermanned unit of the First Marines. Barber and his men climb seven miles of frozen terrain to a rocky promontory overlooking the pass, where they will endure four days and five nights of nearly continuous Chinese attempts to take Fox Hill. Amid the relentless violence, three-quarters of Fox’s Marines are killed, wounded, or captured. Just when it looks like they will be overrun, Lt. Colonel Raymond Davis, a fearless Marine officer who is fighting south from Chosin, volunteers to lead a daring mission that will seek to cut a hole in the Chinese lines and relieve the men of Fox. This is a fast-paced and gripping account of heroism in the face of impossible odds.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780802144515
Publisher:
Grove/Atlantic, Inc.
Publication date:
11/10/2009
Edition description:
First Trade Paper Edition
Pages:
368
Sales rank:
98,896
Product dimensions:
5.76(w) x 8.24(h) x 1.04(d)

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Last Stand of Fox Company 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 58 reviews.
GMS More than 1 year ago
Too often we forget what others have gone through to protect the freedoms we enjoy. This book explains the combat as well as the hardships experienced by the Marines of Fox Company in the early days of the Korean War. From the bone numbing cold to the enemy attacks to the pain of watching friends and comrads die, this book will grab your attention. Three Marines received the Medal of Honor for the actions recounted in the book. These were not super human men; they were Marines doing their job to the best of their ability. They are examples of dedication, honor and persistance.
Swiderek More than 1 year ago
Everyone one should read this --- True Story --- about the "Heroic Valor" of these young men, and what they endured during a most terrible time. And endured it during a winter like no one ever sees. This book is truly an eye-opener. And it will make any person extremely grateful for what these 200 or so men did against thousands. This book is like America's Thermopylae. Only it is not a small force of Greeks fighting Xerxes 250,000 man Persian army, but a few companies of U.S. Marines taking on what seemed like the entire Chinese Red Army. These men deserve this long overdue tribute. And after reading this book, you'll be glad to say, "I'm an American"! For this is how Americans fight for their country and fight for their buddies. This is how "we", our nation, fights, and fights to win at all costs, even if it means ... sacrificing one's own life.
jimh More than 1 year ago
This book should be required reading in every American High School. The men of Fox Company should be remembered and celebrated along side our greatest heroes. I could not put the book down. The text shook me to my core. Great book, you will be glad you read it.
John72 More than 1 year ago
An excellent easy-reading history relavant to our time
Cavman More than 1 year ago
Men at war, in a situation where failure was not an option, in the worst deep freeze, with the fewest assets possible, is what "The Last Stand of Fox Company" brings to the table. The research was exhaustively complete with the individual stories bringing the "bravery" and "horror" of combat to the reader. It is not unusual for books on USMC deeds to bash sister services, and this was no exception, but beyond that it was a very faithful depiction of American fighting men caught up in exceptional circumstances doing exactly what Americans expect of their military. Only the soldiers at Bastogne (the Bulge)or LZ X-Ray (Vietnam) could equal these exploits!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Lest we forget what effort is required to maintain Libery, this book and it's story will and should make you very thankful to those who made the sacrifices for us.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
a very epic thrilling and mind blowing book.very suprising lots of twists and turns overall the greatest military book i've read so far.great for someone who enjoys reading about the U.S. military.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love the way the authors told this incredible story. Just can't keep out of my mind the valor of the teenagers and young marines fighting an overwhelming enemy that kept coming at them and under freezing temperature and with a shortage of food. They are heroes that deserve our admiration and appreciation.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read a lot of war books. This my first on the Korean war. With out a doubt the author puts you right in the fox hole. He makes you feel like you no these guys the way he takes you into their life's before the war and when one gets killed during the war you feel bad like a friend was killed.
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OldMarine More than 1 year ago
The books tells the compelling story of Fox Company, 2nd Battalion, 7th Marines defense of the Toktong Pass during the First Marine Division's withdrawal from the Chosin Reservoir. It is a quick read and would be informative to those who aren't familiar with the story of Fox Company. However, for those who are familiar with the Marine Corps, its ranks, and unit designations, the book has a number of glaring errors that should have been caught by editors such as referring to artillery batteries as companies, switching the terms forward air controller and artillery forward observer back and forth, and using ranks that don't exist such as Gunnery Master Sergeant. If you're not familiar with the Marine Corps it won't distract but as a retired Marine, the errors appear often enough to be distracting.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book tells the reality of this "Police Action" which by all accounts was a real War. Hard to believe our guys went through such an ordeal. Great book. Great soldiers!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a great book about some great Americans
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OMOCAM More than 1 year ago
An easy read that sucks you in from cover to cover! What a story!
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Very good book! Thoroughly enjoyed it. Recommend it to all who enjoy reading military history.
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A must read for Korean War , well written & graphic.........Rjp