Valleys of Death: A Memoir of the Korean War

Valleys of Death: A Memoir of the Korean War


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Valleys of Death: A Memoir of the Korean War by Bill Richardson, Kevin Maurer

"Richardson never pulls his punches in these vivid descriptions." —Publishers Weekly 

Caught in the Chinese counterattack at Unsan-one of the deadliest American battles of the Cold War Era-Colonel Bill Richardson led an Alamo like defense of the few survivors before being taken prisoner. The North Koreans marched them through sub-zero weather without food, shelter, or medical attention to the area known as Death Valley. Enduring torture designed to break the mind and body, Richardson remained strong enough to lead his fellow prisoners in resistance, sabotage, and new plans for escape.

Valleys of Death is a stirring story of survival and determination, an intimate look at the soldiers who fought America's first battle of the cold war in the unvarnished words of one of their own.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780425243183
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 10/04/2011
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 811,880
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Colonel William (Bill) Richardson, U.S. Army (Ret.) and Kevin Maurer both live in North Carolina.

Table of Contents

Preface xi

1 War 1

2 Forming the Battalion 17

3 Movement to the Far East 31

4 Pusan 45

5 Baptism of Fire 53

6 Dark Days of Summer 63

7 Tide Turns 87

8 Pursuit to the 38th Parallel 101

9 The General 119

10 We Can't Hold the Bridge 137

11 Trapped 153

12 Dying One by One 167

13 Breakout 183

14 Capture and Escape 197

15 Death March 207

16 Valley of the Shadow of Death 217

17 Reminiscent of Andersonville 237

18 The Morgue 253

19 Truman's Running Dogs 265

20 Preparation for Escape 281

21 The Last Year 291

22 Freedom 299

Epilogue 319

Index 325

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