Colder Than Hell: A Marine Rifle Company at Chosin Reservoir

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Naval Institute Press, Nov 30, 1999 - History - 272 pages
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Joe Owen tells it like it was in this evocative, page-turning story of a Marine rifle company in the uncertain early days of the Korean War. His powerful descriptions of close combat on the snow-covered mountains of 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, Owen was in a unique position to see the hastily assembled mix of regulars and raw reservists harden into a superb company known as Baker-One-Seven. His fast-moving narrative describes enemy night assaults, foxhole fights, patrols through Chinese lines, and dramatic examples of Medal of Honor gallantry, and he supports his account with tales from other survivors.

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User Review  - Luftwaffe_Flak - LibraryThing

Absolutely riveting first hand account of one 2nd Lt and his platoon/company fight from their call up in the US to the frozen hell of the Chosin Reservoir. Roughly 225 men landed, 27 walked down after ... Read full review

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Excellent first person narration of a U.S. Marine mortar platoon lieutenants experiences on the front lines during the Korean War. Folloe Lt. Owen from the pre war days to the horrors and death at the frozen Choisin. Read full review

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Joseph Owen, a Marine first lieutenant when he commanded the platoon in Baker-One-Seven, served on active duty from 1943-1946 and from 1948-1952.

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