Book Description: Joe Owen tells it like it was in this chilling story of a Marine rifle company in the uncertain early days of the Korean War. His powerful descriptions 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 two hundred regulars and raw reservists harden into a superb Marine rifle company. From steamy rice paddies to frozen mountaintops, 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. The accounts of many Inchon-Seoul and Chosin survivors are woven together and told proudly by one of their own for a moving tribute to those who were lost nearly fifty years ago. Such an evocative behind-the-scenes look at the frantic race to prepare American fighting forces for combat in Korea is rare and offers lessons in leadership for today. This dramatic reading brilliantly captures the story on tape.