20 True Heroic Tales of U.S. Marines at War
by Dick CampIn twenty hard-hitting, action-packed true, heroic stories—from Marines attacking at Belleau Wood in World War I to patrolling the Dominican Republic between the world wars, and from sea-going Marines under attack at Pearl Harbor to Marine airmen in the attack at Midway, then on to Marine Raiders battling the Japanese at Guadalcanal in 1942 to Marines storming Peleliu in 1944—retired USMC Colonel Dick Camp chronicles the making of the modern U.S. Marine Corps in this first volume of magazine article reprints and excerpts from his growing list of authoritative Marine Corps history books. Marines in Combat will prove to be inspiring to Marines, former Marines, friends of the U.S. Marine Corps, and any other reader of military history who wants to know what war looks like from the bottom up.
"the glowing ghosts of the radium girls haunt us still."—NPR Books
The incredible true story of the women who fought America's Undark danger
The Curies' newly discovered element of radium makes gleaming headlines across the nation as the fresh face of beauty, and wonder drug of the medical community. From body lotion to tonic water, the popular new element shines bright in the otherwise dark years of the First World War.
Meanwhile, hundreds of girls toil amidst the glowing dust of the radium-dial factories. The glittering chemical covers their bodies from head to toe; they light up the night like industrious fireflies. With such a coveted job, these "shining girls" are the luckiest alive — until they begin to fall mysteriously ill.
But the factories that once offered golden opportunities are now ignoring all claims of the gruesome side effects, and the women's cries of corruption. And as the fatal poison of the radium takes hold, the brave shining girls find themselves embroiled in one of the biggest scandals of America's early 20th century, and in a groundbreaking battle for workers' rights that will echo for centuries to come.
Written with a sparkling voice and breakneck pace, The Radium Girls fully illuminates the inspiring young women exposed to the "wonder" substance of radium, and their awe-inspiring strength in the face of almost impossible circumstances. Their courage and tenacity led to life-changing regulations, research into nuclear bombing, and ultimately saved hundreds of thousands of lives...
Drawing extensively on personal interviews, the Marine Corps History Division’s vast oral history and photographic collection, and many never-before-published sources, this book gives us a new and harrowing vision of what really happened at Peleliu--and what it meant. Working closely with two of the 1st Regiment’s battalion commanders--Ray Davis and Russ Honsowetz--Marine Corps veteran and military historian Dick Camp recreates the battle as it was experienced by the men and their officers. Soldiers who survived the terrible slaughter recall the brutality of combat against an implacable foe; they describe the legendary “Chesty” Puller, leading his decimated regiment against enemy fortifications; they tell of Davis, wounded but refusing evacuation while his men were under fire; and of a division commander who rejects Army reinforcements. Most of all, their richly detailed, deeply moving story is one of desperate combat in the face of almost certain failure, of valor among comrades joined against impossible odds.
A Novel of Marines in the Vietnam War
Retired Marine colonel and military historian Dick Camp brings us an action-packed, edge-of-the-seat account of the early 1968 battles for Khe Sanh as follow-up to his first war novel, Echo Among Warriors. The narrative incorporates vivid fictionalized details of Camp’s real-life experiences as an infantry company commander and assistant operations officer with the 3rd Battalion, 26th Marines, during the hard-fought assault and siege phases at Khe Sanh. It is an expertly drawn saga of war based on the author’s expert knowledge of the time, the place, the techniques, and his fellow players.
The Killing Ground is a story of close combat in a life-or-death struggle between two opposing, equally committed adversaries. It represents a sequence of deadly encounters that reflect the reality of battle in the Vietnam War—intensely personal experiences that forever changed the participants. By incorporating intimate views of the “other side,” this powerful fictional narrative, closely based on stark reality and written by someone who was there, making life-or-death decisions—makes it possible for the reader to experience both sides of the epic siege of Khe Sanh.
ECHO AMONG WARRIORS
A Novel of Marines In the Vietnam War
by Dick Camp
Echo Among Warriors is a fictional account of gut-level combat as seen through the eyes of American and North Vietnamese participants. The setting is the dense jungle of the Khe Sanh plateau, where the author experienced the brutality of war as a Marine company commander during the North Vietnamese Army’s (NVA) build-up to the 1968 Tet offensive. His company regularly patrolled the grass-covered ridgelines and jungle-canopied valleys surrounding the Khe Sanh Combat Base (KSCB), the western anchor of a series of strongpoints that stretched across northern South Vietnam. The objective of these installations was to close the infiltration routes, but the effort resulted in ceding freedom of movement to the NVA while fixing American troops in position. Khe Sanh was a prime example. It was located on a major infiltration route that ran from the Laotian border east to the Ba Long and Ashau valleys and south to the population-rich coastal lowlands of South Vietnam.
The hills and valleys surrounding KSCB became a vicious, no-holds-barred slug fest, costing hundreds of lives on either side. In the spring of 1967 there were a series of engagements in what became known as the Hill Fights, which were focused on the four major heights northwest of KCSB—Hill 950, Hill 881 North, Hill 881 South, and Hill 861. By the fall of the year, Marines were reporting an increasing concentration of NVA troops and military equipment around the base. Intelligence reports placed the NVA 325C and 304 divisions, a total of approximately twenty thousand men, in the area. Opposing them were three infantry battalions of the 26th Marine Regiment, a battalion of the 9th Marine Regiment, and an Army of the Republic of Vietnam (ARVN) Ranger battalion totaling some six thousand men. By the time of this story, September 1967, KSCB had become a tempting target for destruction.
Echo Among Warriors is a story of close combat in a life-and-death struggle between two opposing, equally committed adversaries. It represents just one of perhaps thousands of deadly encounters that reflect the reality of battle—a mind-numbing, intensely personal experience that forever changes the participant. This powerful narrative makes it possible for the reader to experience both sides of the battle. The same battle sequence will roll forward like a movie scene and then be replayed from the opposite viewpoint—through the eyes of the Marines and sequentially through the eyes of the North Vietnamese. The bullet fired from a Marine’s M-16 at a silhouetted enemy solider crouched on the jungle path will in the next chapter tear into the flesh of that crouched NVA trooper. The story unfolds from the initial contact to the final horrific ending. In war, every action has a beginning and an end.
There has been no intention to portray gratuitous violence or profanity. War veterans know that words are insufficient to describe the destructive power of weaponry and the resulting, horrific wounds, the pain of a lost comrade, and the sudden realization that it could have been him. War causes a visceral, emotional impact on those who fight it. Profanity is like combat humor—both an integral part of the real and fictional combat picture. Veterans will already be familiar with war terminology—“Arty, Arty, Arty,” “Shot”, “Corpsman”—the greenhorn can refer to the glossary. Nor has there been any intention to depict any similarity between the characters and any veteran of the war. Each character is a composite from the author’s sometimes fallible memory. They are rather like a kaleidoscope reflecting a million pieces of colored glass—no one in particular, yet everyone together.
Combat is not for the faint of heart . . . and neither is this book!
STORMING THE POINT
A Novel of U.S. Marines On Peleliu
On September 15, 1944, the 1st Marine Division stormed the heavily defended Japanese island stronghold of Peleliu in the Southwest Pacific. King Company, 3rd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, was assigned to capture “The Point,” a spit of land that jutted out on the extreme left flank of the landing beach. The Point’s defenders, a reinforced company of elite Japanese soldiers from the 2nd Infantry Regiment, enfiladed the beach and had to be eliminated. The Imperial soldiers were entrenched in concrete pillboxes mounting heavy caliber anti-boat guns and machine gun emplacements protected by scores of riflemen in carefully camouflaged trenches. King Company captured and held “The Point” for two days of unbelievably brutal combat, losing nearly 70 percent of its men . . . 172 out of 250. Storming the Point is a wildly engaging fictional account of King Company’s September 15–16, 1944, assault and defense of “The Point.”