The Last Parade!: A Compelling Account of an American War. The Author Pulls no Punches. Intense, up Close and Very Powerful.

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Sergeant, a squad leader, goes to war. He is full of doubt and curiosity. What will it be like? Before his first day ends, he knows. It is not what he expected. In a background of combat action, events unfold in such a way as to force him to choose between his values and the depravity of war. He makes the only choice possible and it pits him against his superior officers.

He wins the respect of his comrades and the fear of his superiors. He is court marshaled, reduced in rank, ...

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Sergeant, a squad leader, goes to war. He is full of doubt and curiosity. What will it be like? Before his first day ends, he knows. It is not what he expected. In a background of combat action, events unfold in such a way as to force him to choose between his values and the depravity of war. He makes the only choice possible and it pits him against his superior officers.

He wins the respect of his comrades and the fear of his superiors. He is court marshaled, reduced in rank, removed from leadership of his squad, only to be reinstated later. His battle is a fight between good and evil: between idealism and depravity. In a war which can neither be won nor lost, he is almost consumed by fear, but has a strange dream that arms him with a power he has not anticipated. As he tends toward becoming a killer, he loses all fear of death. In the end, he is forced by his own values to resist the military authority. And those in authority are forced to cover up an American war crime. Now, after fifty years of silence, the Author tells his story. This is war up close.

Why do combat soldiers sometimes never talk? A war story is more than the taking of a hill or a bridge where some survive and others don't, and at the end, the lucky guys go home. Sometimes, war takes the good guys so far from home they can't find their way back. This is a such a story. It is high adventure, filled with desperate scenes of combat, with the real story laced like fine silk thread tying the whole thing together. The Author has carried this story in his heart and mind for almost fifty years. Now, the time has come to tell it. Powerful events deserve a book which lives beyond the life span of the participants. The Author strives mightily with the task.

"The events comprising this story concern the men of Fox Company, Second Battalion, First Marine Regiment, First Marine Division"--Foreword.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780967333502
  • Publisher: Anderson, M Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 11/1/1999
  • Pages: 297
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Arlington National Cemetary 1
Chapter 2 The departure 5
Chapter 3 The Train 9
Chapter 4 Enter Captain Groff 12
Chapter 5 Anarchy 15
Chapter 6 Hill 117 24
Chapter 7 The second day of fighting 36
Chapter 8 As things are 43
Chapter 9 North Hollywood 48
Chapter 10 The first aid station 54
Chapter 11 Yong Dong Po 58
Chapter 12 The patrol 62
Chapter 13 Seoul, Korea 74
Chapter 14 The swimming pool 83
Chapter 15 Margurite Higgins 91
Chapter 16 A lull in the fighting 96
Chapter 17 An exercise in futility 104
Chapter 18 The horseshoe bend 115
Chapter 19 A razor blade 122
Chapter 20 Manchurian wind 126
Chapter 21 The woman 133
Chapter 22 Moment of truth 141
Chapter 23 Semper Fidelis 149
Chapter 24 The Court Martial 157
Chapter 25 Groff's whorehouse 167
Chapter 26 Hunting Guerrillas 172
Chapter 27 Psycho Sam's influence 180
Chapter 28 The vivid dream 186
Chapter 29 Tragedies and Savagery 196
Chapter 30 Footsteps in the dark 203
Chapter 31 In the trenches 210
Chapter 32 Death, pencils and green files 219
Chapter 33 Rest 230
Chapter 34 The end of the rope 238
Chapter 35 Sergeant Martens 243
Chapter 36 I see a bat in a well 250
Chapter 37 The new location 257
Chapter 38 Shiller 261
Chapter 39 Commander Mullins 265
Chapter 40 The stigma 272
Chapter 41 The end of the dream 281
Chapter 42 The meeting of the board 290
Epilogue
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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 16, 2002

    I wanted to read it again.

    Carl Lamb's, 'The Last Parade', read like a fast paced thiller. Every time I picked it up I would be drawn into a living history of a bunch of Marines just trying to survive the endless battles of the Korean War. For the quick and the dead--Thanks Carl. Doc Fenwick Medical Corps

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