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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Pocket Books
Publication date September 1, 2003
Pages 359
Binding Paperback
Book category Adult Non-Fiction
ISBN-13 9780743466431
ISBN-10 0743466438
Dimensions 1 by 4 by 6 in.
Weight 0.50 lbs.
Original list price $9.99
Summaries and Reviews
Summary
A chilling, eyewitness account of the 1966 battle of Hill 488 during the Vietnam War describes the heroic efforts of an eighteen-member U.S. Marine reconnaissance team who faced a bloody confrontation with a battalion of more than four hundred North Vietnamese soldiers, as told by one of the few survivors of the conflict. Original.
Amazon.com description: Product Description: For some, Hill 488 was just another landmark in the jungles of Vietnam. For the eighteen men of Charlie Company, it was a last stand. This is the stirring combat memoir written by Ray Hildreth, one of the unit's survivors.

On June 13, 1966, men of the 1st Recon Battalion, 1st Marine Division were stationed on Hill 488. Before the week was over, they would fight the battle that would make them the most highly decorated small unit in the entire history of the U.S. military, winning a Congressional Medal of Honor, four Navy Crosses, thirteen Silver Stars, and eighteen Purple Hearts—some of them posthumously.

During the early evening of June 15, a battalion of hardened North Vietnamese regulars and Viet Cong—outnumbering the Americans 25-to-1—threw everything they had at the sixteen Marines and two Navy corpsmen for the rest of that terror-filled night. Every man who held the hill was either killed or wounded defending the ground with unbelievable courage and unflagging determination—even as reinforcements were on the way.

All they had to do was make it until dawn....

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