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Joe Owen tells it like it was in this evocative story of a marine rifle company in the uncertain, early days of the Korean War. His powerful description of close combat in the snow-covered mountains of the Chosin Reservoir and of the survival spirit of his Marines provide a gritty real-life view of frontline warfare.

As a lieutenant who was with them from first muster in California, Owen was in a unique position to see the hastily assembled mix of some 200 regulars and raw reservists harden into a superb Marine rifle company. The action and narrative move fast as the company learns to fight under enemy fire, eat frozen rations, and keep pushing forward when its wounded and dead go down.

©1996 by Joseph Owen (P)1998 by the Naval Institute Press

Critic Reviews

"Owen's firsthand account is chilling and rather wonderful." (James Brady)
"Joe Owen's account of Baker-One-Seven's courageous ordeal is blunt, authentic, and compelling - a fitting tribute to his company and to his Corps." (Col. Joseph Alexander, USMC (ret.))

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  • Paul
  • Los Altos, CA, USA
  • 07-20-04

Excellent!

First of all the narrator does a great job with the book. The book itself is a gripping tale of infantry combat in the Korean War. The author tells it like he saw it and the book does not dwell on the larger issues of the war (military or political). But if you want a great 'you are there' story of infantry combat this is one of the best accounts I have read. A classic.

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Semper Fi Mortars

Loved the book. Almost made me want to reenlist. Just kidding. This book brought back a lot of memories from the time I served from 99-2003. I was in 81mm weapons platoon. These Marines were 60mm line platoon Grunts. I made several cold weather trips to Norway and Iceland but never under fire like these guys. My heart goes out to the Frozen Chosin Marines that lost their lives for our freedom in that frozen Hell Hole.

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  • Glenn
  • Travis AFB, CA, USA
  • 10-17-07

At last!

Refreshingly devoid of the clinical approach & window dressing customarily surrounding this fateful nexus of the Korean War. A well written and absorbing exposition of the early northern offensives from the perspective of those who fought them. A highly esteemed keepsake for the veterans and families of B/1/7.

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Good first Person account of the first year of the

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Good first Person account of the first year of the Korean Wars first year and the 7th Marines Actions

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  • William
  • Florence, KY, USA
  • 11-07-09

Awesome

Great book that ties in well with another book on the Frozen Chosin called "Last Stand of Fox Company". Listening to both books back to back and listening to a lot of the same details from two different writers is a good way to pick up on the what these brave men dealt with.
Well written, well read I enjoyed them both and would highly recommend them.

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  • Timothy
  • Chesapeake, VA, USA
  • 03-26-07

An Interesting Book

This book gave me a greater understanding of the Korean war from the perspective of a soldier who fought on the front line. The story moved smoothly and held my attention. The book starts slow with some background details that help set the foundation for who the soldiers are who will later be fighting so desperately for their lives. The action soon picks up and you will begin to feel like you almost know the main character as he tells the story of his experience. I highly recommend this interesting book.

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Insightful..but poor word choice "Negro"???

The story was insight as it lasted...however, the author could have used a better word choice than using "Negro" over and over again. Some of his readers are offended by it including his fellow soldiers he is honoring...many readers will not appreciate the word choice. overall the story was vivid and could be a good teaching material for solders and cadets.

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heroes

Have a personal interest in the store as my grandfather was there. Is a great performance well put together story not dry like most military journals.

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Gritty Story

This was an amazing read for me I thought it was well written and narrated very well. I could picture the places the author was describing and the events being told. I really like when you hear/read material from veterans who were there and are telling you about their experiences. I recommend this to anyone who enjoys biographies, military history, and/or captivating stories.

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Gripping Accurate Tale

If you want a great 'you are there' type story of the Korean War. If you'd like to find a new appreciation for the trials and sacrifices that our combat soldiers go through, this is one of the best accounts possible. It will keep you on the edge of your seat and gain a new appreciation for what went on during the Korean Conflict, the errors, but no pointing political fingers. The death and carnage that was suffered. Maybe even gain an appreciation for how War truly is Hell.

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  • 05-25-18

One of the greatest stories of combat leadership around

An amazing story demonstrating the resilience of human will. Any one looking for examples of leadership, bravery and brotherhood would do well to listen to this account of Baker 1-7.
I have listened to this book several times and read it several more each time I am left in ore of the bravery of Joe Owen and major Choo En Lee.