“If I were God, what would you want for Christmas?” With a thousand-yard stare, a haggard and bloodied marine looked incredulously at the war correspondent who asked him this question. In an answer that took “almost forever,” the marine responded, “Give me tomorrow.”
After nearly four months of continuous and bloody combat in Korea, such a wish seemed impossible. For many of the men of George Company, or “Bloody George” - one of the Forgotten War’s most decorated yet unrecognized companies - this would be their last day.
This is the epic story of George Company, Spartans for the modern age. After storming ashore at Inchon and fighting house-to-house in Seoul, America’s last reserve unit found itself on the frozen tundra of the Chosin Reservoir facing an entire division of Chinese troops. Little did this small band of men - green troops who had been rushed through training to bring fresh forces to the war - know they would soon be saviors. This is their story, and it will never again be forgotten.
©2010 Patrick K. O’Donnell (P)2010 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
“O’Donnell’s storytelling is superb…Each page resonates with authenticity.” (Col. Dick Camp (ret.), author of Operation Phantom Fury)
“George Company’s performance at Chosin Reservoir practically defines heroism. O’Donnell brings it to vivid life.” (Kirkus Reviews)
I am a shamed to admit that my reading and knowledge of the Korean War is minimal.
However, reading (listening) "Give Me Tomorrow" has opened my mind and educated me regarding this terrible war. Most people, and I was one of them always referred to this subject as the Korean Conflict. But after reading Mr. O'Donnell's educating work this was no and never will be a Conflict in my eyes again.
Thank you Mr. O'Donnell for educating me and my thanks to all Americans for their service during this war.
I would add to the other 5 star comments three things. One, O’Donnell takes time to deliver both the Macro and Micro, detailing interesting behind the scene events. Second, the book is concise and delivers quite the punch for its shorter length. Lastly, O’Donnell really gets it…having spent time with our Marries writing about the battle of Fallujah…I feel he delivers the unique image…the unbelievable hardship and difficulty faced in the Korean War. And to think some of these great men had, on top of the nightmare conditions in Korea…faced epic difficulties in the Pacific fighting the Japanese! Wow... just amazing!!!!
This book tells the story of a Marine platoon, during the Korean War. What makes this book interesting is that we rarely hear stories from this war. The book describes what the men had to endure. Reminiscent of the Battle of Bulge, the struggle and triumph makes this book worth reading.
I have read several books on the Korean War. I particular like Martin Ross's " Break Out ", " The Last Stand of Fox Company ", " Colder than Hell " all dealing with the First Marine's breakout from the Chosin Reservior. It is really hard to believe the small unit acton displayed from George Company in and around Hagaru after being mauled on their trip from Koto-ri.
This book does a great job of explaining to the reader the sacrifice, the suffering and true heroism of our Korean vets. Like most Americans, I never really gave the Korean "conflict" too much thought, we just never considered Korea a "real" war, we thought of it as a "police action." Well this book certainly set my thinking straight. This WAS a war and our Korean vets are truly Heros. Thank you for your sacrifice.
I am an avid eclectic reader.
O'Donnell wrote a straight forward history story of George company. The battle scene of the charging Chinese reminded me of the 1959 movie "Pork Chop Hill". Lloyd James did a good job of reading this as a fast pace action story. Enjoyed the comments on Chesty Puller, the most decorated marine in the history of the Corp. The cold and mistakes of the high command made the early part of the Koren war difficult for the Marines but they did over come it all.
An excellent book on the Korean War! It seems little is known about these battles and the men who fought in them, but what conditions, what bravery against all odds! Very gripping, yet sobering account of their triumphs and tragedies. A must read for those who like military history.
I liked this story about the Korean War. I found it to be very interesting and would recommend it to others.
This is a microcosm view of the Korean War. The Coldest Winter is a more compelling, and more complete story.
From start to finish Patrick O'Donnell had me hooked. I normally only listen to books on the drive to and from work. This history of the Marines of G company was so gripping that I listened all the way through.
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