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The Gentle Warrior: General Oliver Prince Smith, USMC
In November 1950, United Nations forces in Korea were stopped in their advance toward the Yalu River by Chinese Communist forces and were in danger of being overrun. Vastly outnumbered by the enemy, the First Marine Division was cut off from its base at Wonson. There were seventy miles to safety, and the worst was feared.
General Oliver Prince Smith, commander of the First...more
Hardcover, 268 pages
Published July 1st 2001 by Kent State University Press
(first published May 2001)
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I have recently completed reading two biographies of General Oliver P. Smith, USMC. The first title was For Country and Corps: The Life of General Oliver P. Smith by Gail Shisler, and the other titled The Gentle Warrior: General Oliver Prince Smith, USMC, by Clifton Bree. I enjoyed both titles tremendously. I read the first because, I reasoned, who would know General Smith better than his own granddaughter? I read the second because I was interested in the opinion of an unbiased author. Ms. Shis ...more
Feb 24, 2008 Patrick rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: all Marine field grade officers, and students of the Korean War
A fine biography of my favorite Marine officer. OP Smith was the leader of the first Marine Division during what I consider to be its finest hour, which was its service in the initial campaigns of the Korean War in 1950 and 1951. He led the Division during the landing at Inchon, the campaign for Seoul, the movement to and the fighting withdrawal from the Chosin Reservoir, and the initial counterattack campaign on the Peninsula under General Ridgway. OP Smith deserves to be better remembered by t ...more