The Chorito Hog Leg Book: A Novel of Guam in Time of Warby Pat Hickey
Within the carnage of battle is a war pitting a young man, Tim Cullen, against his battalion commander over the possession of an 1860 Army Colt .45 Hog leg revolver which
Chorito is the name of a cliff overlooking the Asan beaches on Guam. In 1944, the 3rd Marines assaulted Chorito Cliff and Bundeschu Ridge. A Hog Leg is the nickname for an 1860 Colt .45 Revolver.
Within the carnage of battle is a war pitting a young man, Tim Cullen, against his battalion commander over the possession of an 1860 Army Colt .45 Hog leg revolver which can be traced back to Capt. Myles Keogh who died with Custer. The last owner is the doomed Lt. Jack Buck of Giddings, TX. Buck will be killed in the taking of Bundeschu Ridge, but Jack Buck had exacted a promise from Pvt. Tim Cullen of his platoon to keep it from the hands of Major Lucas Opley, an up from the ranks Marine of legend, and return the Colt to his family in Texas.
Parallel to Cullen's ordeals and suffering on Japanese occupied Guam are movie house operator Juan Cruz and his family, as well as an exiled Japanese American Dentist and his movie star wife. Exacting the cruelty is the oafish Boson Otayama and the American educated Lt. Kato. Awaiting liberation are also such historical figures of Guam's history as Father Duenas and Pastor Sablan.
The revolver, in its shoulder holster, will be taken from Lt. John A. Buck's body by Cullen at an aid station on Guam's Red Beach 2 and cause Cullen no end of problems. The Battalion commander wants the Colt Hog-leg. Cullen hangs on to the weapon but never uses it and is repeatedly ordered by Maj. Opley to hand it over. Opley wants it for himself. This through-the ranks career officer will undo himself through his own devices and be sent home under a cloud after years of service to the Corps after the Guam Campaign.
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Book depicts Chamorros going above and beyond By Cyril J. O'Brien There's an interesting novel with a different scenario on the liberation of Guam by Chicago, Ill., school teacher Pat Hickey. It depicts the often underwritten action on Chonito Ridge, and describes the Chamorro people as going above and beyond. It relates the battle story through fictional as well as actual leaders as a way of demonstrating the caliber of the people who fought that war on Guam. A student of the battle, Hickey is well into Able Company, 1st Battalion, 3rd Marines, led by Capt. Gary Bundshu in its impossible, day-and-a-half assault straight up to the crest of Chonito Ridge, a cliff overlooking the Asan beaches on Guam. The top was taken late in the second day after Easy Company, 2nd Battalion, 3rd Marines, secured the rear and flank to let Able finish its ascent and hold it. ADVERTISEMENT Using the Marines' nickname for the ridge, Hickey, in 'The Chorito Hog Leg' (AuthorHouse 2007, Bloomington, Ind.) intersperses the story with surprising incidents, heroic actions, including the gratuitous cruelty of Japanese captors on the Guamanian people. The book is also punctuated with bits of holiness of sisters, mothers and girlfriends back in Chicago with rosaries and novenas. Hickey spices it with some seasoned ribald troop vernacular and surprises you with incidents and anecdotes that could make you lose the course of what is going on. Hickey also brings in the colorful gangster days that represented the Windy City at its zenith because it is from where the young Marines he describes are from. Action started at sea And you may have forgotten how the first combat action of Guam was at sea. Pat describes it: the Japanese Kate spinning a torpedo toward the troop-jammed tank landing ship. (I was on the starboard side where the torpedo beaded). But a little LCI (landing craft infantry) ship in our assault convey, there to protect the troopship, nosed her bow into the torpedo bound for our ship. It blew off the LCI's bow and killed all on station there. We watched the next morning as a destroyer sunk the remains of the heroic little LCI. Within the carnage of battle is a conflict arrayed in the book pitting a young man named Tim Cullen against his battalion commander over the possession of an 1860 Army Cold .45 Hog Leg revolver, which can be traced back to a captain who was with Custer. It brings in diversion and other interests, and continues the novel, but makes no 'neverminds' to history. Hickey, well anointed as an author, is a career educator, graduate of Loyola University, Chicago and now with St. Leo's High School in the city. Cyril J. O'Brien was a combat correspondent with the 3rd Marine Division in World War II, which helped liberate Guam. He lives in Silver Spring, Md.
Pat Hickey's story really gives us some great characters. The story of a young Marine keeping his promise to Lt. Buck really hits home to me. Tim Cullen is like every friend that I knew while growing up - a good guy. ( I loved the shark fishing with the crane aboard the LST) He finds himself in trouble as well as in constant combat once ashore on Guam. The story is about a Hog Leg, a pistol, that belongs to a Texas family and it is coveted by Cullen's superior officer. Hickey seems to get the details of the time of WWII pretty well and spends much of the first half of the book introducing a very broad cast of charcters- people on occupied Guam, Marine veterans and Marine recruits, a Monk in Chicago and a retired bootlegger, as well as background on the upcoming Guam battle. Then, he does a great job of presenting the terror of combat. Of all the charcters in the book, Hickey does the best job with Dr. Ted Tanaka - an exiled Japanese American dentist who lives on Guam before the War acts heroically during the battle. Another one that I liked was Gunny Higgins - a man with a poetic sense of obscenity. He is a hoot! The Chorito Hog Leg, Book One: A Novel of Guam in Time of War tells history with real zip.
This historical novel blends history and fiction so well that the reader becomes an active agent in the story. The narrator, a voice from contemporary American, invites the reweader to accept his story of a young Chicago-born Marine who vows to return an antique Colt .45 Revolver ' that has a rich history of its own' to the family of his platoon commander. Pat Hickey tells a great story! This is a great read! Aside from some editing problems, The Chorito Hog Leg, Book One: A Novel of Guam in Time of War captures the age and attitudes of 'the greatest generation.' I can't wait for Book Two!