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

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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 ...
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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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780802144515
  • Publisher: Grove/Atlantic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 11/10/2009
  • Edition description: First Trade Paper Edition
  • Pages: 368
  • Sales rank: 96,713
  • Product dimensions: 5.76 (w) x 8.24 (h) x 1.04 (d)

Meet the Author

Bob Drury
Bob Drury

A contributing editor and foreign correspondent for Men's Health magazine, BOB DRURY has reported from numerous war zones. His book The Rescue SeasoN, was made into a documentary by the History Channel.

TOM CLAVIN is the author of seven books, including Dark Noon: The Final Voyage of the Fishing Boat "Pelican."

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  • Posted April 6, 2009

    History as you have not seen it....

    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.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 30, 2009

    After reading this book, one begins to understand the Marine Corps motto, Semper Fi, Always Faithful

    An excellent easy-reading history relavant to our time

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 31, 2011

    A little hollywood...a lot of facts

    It was a nice read....I could do without the pullling grenade pins with your teeth baloney..Also the I cut the guy in half with a bar stuff...As US Marine I enjoy books on the Corps. But I know when its Hollywood and when its real..Fun book overall

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 9, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    great book very interesting

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 16, 2009

    The Marines Are at it Again

    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!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 23, 2009

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    Great read!

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 22, 2009

    A First Rate Read!

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 18, 2014

    Human endurance for the right reasons is always worthy of our respect.

    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.

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  • Posted July 22, 2013

    Recommend

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 20, 2013

    Excellent book.

    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!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 7, 2013

    Outstanding book

    This was a great book about some great Americans

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  • Posted February 8, 2013

    An easy read that sucks you in from cover to cover! What a story

    An easy read that sucks you in from cover to cover! What a story!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 14, 2012

    Excellent Read.

    Very good book! Thoroughly enjoyed it. Recommend it to all who enjoy reading military history.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 24, 2012

    Excellent

    A must read for Korean War , well written & graphic.........Rjp

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 14, 2012

    To: My favorie book

    Marines arnt soliders, there Marines, mess with the best die like the rest

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  • Posted August 14, 2011

    Unbelievable heart stopping and breathtaking

    I could not put this book down! Non-stop action and acts of courage that defy reality.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 11, 2010

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    My favorite book

    This book makes you feel like you are right next to the soldiers. I would recommend reading Colder Than Hell after this.

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  • Posted January 9, 2010

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    Thank God this story got told!

    It is so amazing that over 50 years have passed and this story was never told until now! This is a compelling book that takes the reader into the harshest winter conditions that anyone, let alone a Marine fighting for their life, could ever endure! The authors have done an amazing job at researching and paying tribute to the men of Fox company and have written in such a fun and easy style that really lets you enjoy the book!

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    Posted December 9, 2009

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    Posted June 23, 2010

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