The Last Stand of Fox Company: A True Story of U.S. Marines in Combat
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The Last Stand of Fox Company: A True Story of U.S. Marines in Combat

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From the bestselling authors of Halsey's Typhoon comes the true story of a Marine company's heroic last stand during America's "Forgotten War."

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Published February 24th 2009 by Tantor Media, Inc. (first published 2009)
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Jason Koivu
Whenever something's titled "the last stand of" you know it doesn't end well for whoever's name is unfortunate enough to come after the "of".

Bob Drury and Tom Clavin's The Last Stand of Fox Company spotlights a horrendous engagement during the Korean War, the Battle of Chosin Reservoir. Extreme freezing temperatures, the introduction of Chinese forces fighting on the North Korean's side, and the enemy's overwhelming numbers created one of the most adverse battle conditions in military history. S...more
Mike
At the Marine Museum, four signature 20th Century battles are honored. We all know about 3 of them, Belleau Wood, Iwo Jima, Khe Sanh…but Fox Hill? I had never heard of this battle. The Last Stand of Fox Company: A True Story of U.S. Marines in Combat is one of the best accounts of a small-unit action in a major battle I have come across. For 6 days, Fox Company, 2nd Battalion, Seventh Regiment fought off the CCF 59th Division and held open a key choke point on the main supply route to the Chosin...more
Colleen
This remarkable book tells the unbelievable story of a small company of Marines fighting to hold open a mountain pass in Korea. Out-numbered and out-gunned, these 246 Marines hold off 10,000 Chinese soldiers determined to overtake the Toktong Pass near the Choisin Resevoir. The story of their eight day battle is a moving account of bravery and of sacrifice.

Drury and Clavin have given the reader a riveting day-by-day picture of the efforts of this extraordinary group of soliders. The narrative is...more
Dakota
Jan 06, 2013 Dakota rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Dakota by: LCpl Cox, USMC
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I am not a Marine and I don't imagine that I ever will be. However, I don't think you need to be a Marine to appreciate the story of heroism and brotherhood that is this book. This is not a book that glorifies war or attempts to justify war in any way. There is nothing political about it. This book is about the men who were asked to fight in the name of the United States in a country that one Marine Officer claimed Genghis Khan wouldn’t have tried to tackle. Throughout this book the experiences...more
Matthew Phelps
Fantastic story of the heroic Marines of Fox Company, 2d Battalion, 7th Marines, near the chosin Reservoir of North Korea in November, 1950. Although it reads like a novel and as one of the most accessible battle accounts I've read, it is very real and based on interviews of survivors and historical reports. I paused several times in pure awe of the men who fought and died, and by the end was having to pause every few paragraphs to choke back tears. As a Marine, this book speaks to me on a level...more
Jeffrey Miller
Of all the accounts of specific battles of the Korean War, none are more vivid, riveting, and intense as the one described in The Last Stand of Fox Company: A True Story of US Marines in Combat. The authors place you right there with the Marines on Fox Hill in one of the most gallant, heroic stands of the Korean War. Although there have been numerous firsthand accounts of the war, specifically Martin Russ’s The Last Parallel: A Marine’s War Journal and Joe Owen’s Colder than Hell, The Last Stand...more
Gerry
This was a harrowing account of a battle location that held strategic importance for the rear movement of the American Forces leaving the Chosin Reservoir during the Korean War. There were only minor parts in this book that I didn't care for but the detail on the battle and struggle over the course of 6 days + 2 more were well accounted for. Some of these young men lost their lives in a place far away that is all but forgotten today by the vast majority of Americans. This story is of Fox Company...more
K.M. Weiland
One of the points this book makes is that the Korean War is often overlooked altogether, particularly in comparison to its "big brother" WWII. This was certainly the case for me. Historical wars are of particular interest for me, but what I've read about Korea could fill a teaspoon. Not only was this book a fascinating primer on the subject, it is also an incredibly good tale in its own right.

The authors do a great job of interweaving the soldiers' personal stories with the overall schematics of...more
Anthony
The only reason I have to give this book a 4-star are the first couple of chapters and overly cartoonish characteristic description of the real men.

The Marines and Infantry of the Army are placed in a freezing hell by narcissistic stars back in Japan, against a numerically superior force, so what do you do? You survive. And if your a United States Marine you survive and take out as many of the enemy as possible. That is what "The Last Stand of Fox Company" is about, survival and the fighting abi...more
Gary
This gripping account of U.S. Marines in combat during the Korean War is a must-read! I was thoroughly engrossed by the storytelling. Despite the fact that it is a historical work, it reads like a novel.

The descriptions of bravery and selflessness of the Marines of Fox Company, 2d Battalion, 7th Marines fighting to defend Toktong Pass near the famous Chosin Reservoir in some of the most austere winter combat conditions imaginable (think alpine fighting where temperatures did not rise above minu...more
Dale
A slow start but don't let that deter you

Although I am a history teacher I have to admit that I am woefully under-informed on the Korean War - at least when compared to our other wars. Sadly, I am not alone in this fact - there's a reason why the Korean War is called "The Forgotten War".

Drury and Clavin start off slowly, in part because there is no context as to why the soldiers are marching around in the subzero weather in northern Korea. However, once they explain the purpose of this particula...more
Jim
A thoroughly enjoyable recounting of a heroic stand by a small group of U.S. Marines against a larger force of Chinese/North Koreans during the Korean War at the frozen hills around Chosin. What it does best is provide a sense of what it was like fighting in horribly cold and forbidding conditions; the bravery and resourcefulness of soldiers under extreme stress; the anecdotal accounts that make military nonfiction readable and interesting; as well as insights into some experiences by actual par...more
Michael
small unit action rather than the entire sweep of the war, Drury's well-constructed text proves you can capture an ocean in a wave or a beach in grain of its sand. one outnumbered and surrounded Marine company, ~120 men, hold off several Chinese battalions in bitter cold until, finally, agonizingly, they must make their way back to their supply base and the war to come.

highly ranked/rated among Korean War histories, Drury also succeeds in finding glory where there is little to be found. he perha...more
Wally
I am amazed that this story isn't taught to our children in school. How did we get to the point where we forgot the heroism of our ancestors? This story of courage and dedication make me proud of my heritage as an American and ashamed that I am just now finding out about it. How could I be so blind to not have learned about what our educators have worked so hard to discredit?
Seth
This account was amazing. I listened to the audiobook version of it and found myself listening almost non-stop until it was over. It's accounts like these that can give us a sense of respect and honor for our fellow Americans in uniform. Granted, a uniform alone doesn't make a person respectable or worthy of praise or honor. However, I gained a sense or respect for the Marine Corps itself and a better understanding of the relation between them and the Navy Corpsman (medics) as well.

I used to wor...more
Tgdelaney
Filled with lots of small technical errors that undermine the credibility of the story, but still a stirring account of one of the great stands in American military history. A company of Marines held open a pass in the mountains of North Korea in November 1950, when the temperature fell 20-30 degrees below zero by night, against a regiment of Chinese soldiers, so most of the 1st Marine Division could escape encirclement and annihilation by an entire Chinese army group. After five days of fightin...more
loretta
I was 14 years old when this battle was fought and though I knew some things about the Korean War, I didn't know very much. This book is a must read for every young man or woman who has romantic visions of war and saving the country. It is also a must read for every elitist, intellectual snob who looks condescendingly at the soldiers who enlist to fight the battles that protect our freedoms. The heroism that was exhibited under the most impossible circumstances is mind-boggling! I cannot believe...more
Sherman
Amazing story from the Korean War. I had a friend who was just down the road from where this occurred. It helped me understand, a bit more, the stories he used to tell.
Jerome
The incredible story of heroic proportions. What these man had to endure in this frozen mountain country is totally unknown to most Americans. I would have to say that it stands along side the "Battle of the Bulge" as a test of endurance, fortitude and just plain guts. Unfortunately, the Korean war is pretty much a blank page except for those who have served or take an interest in our military history. After all the movies made about Vietnam, thee has never been one of significance made about th...more
Fred
Coming from a soldier and a military history buff it's hard for me not to give this five stars. I'm not a huge fan of the way that some of it was written and I think that it failed to show what the men were feeling at times, at times that were I'm sure fraught with emotions. But all that aside, it's such a powerful story and such an incredible event that it doesn't just go down in Marine Corps history but in United States military history.

If you're a Marine and haven't read this, for the love of...more
Dennis Cline
The Last Stand Of Fox Company takes the reader up close to Korean War action that most know nothing about, particularly since this was the "Forgotten War" and oft overlooked.
To get a broader view of the close action and personal horror and bravery detailed in "The Last Stand...", I would highly recommend reading David Halberstam's "The Coldest War" first, then delving into "Last Stand..."
The only way to get a more intimate view of one of the US Marine Corps' proudest moments is to be fortunate...more
Fredrick Danysh
During the Korean War [officially a Police Action] General McArthur ordered an advance to the Yalu River which serves as the border between North Korea and China. The First Marine Division is advancing on one side of the Chosin Resevoir while the US Army is doing so on the other side. When the Chines officially enter the conflict, the First Marine Division is surrounded by twelve divisions of the regular Chinese army. Fox Company was one of the Marine units involved in the Marine's fighting with...more
Philip
Riveting story incredible drama and courage.
Julie
An amazing and horrific account! For those of us whose awareness of the Korean War comes mostly from watching Alan Alda and Loretta Swift (like me), this book is a must read. I feel a bit foolish admitting that I had no idea what this war was about, and I certainly was even more clueless about Fox Company and what those Marines faced, endured, and survived.

I "read" this as an audiobook. The narrator sounded like an news anchor from the 50s, but his gruff style was effective in portraying Marine...more
Kevin
Excellent rendition of the critical efforts of a badly outnumbered American unit amid horrific winter conditions. Most enduring image: Medal of Honor winner Hector Cafferata catching Chinese grenades and throwing them back. In one instance, Cafferata used his entrenching tool as a bat, swatting a grenade back the way it had come. The book is full of instances of heroism in a battle in which 233 Americans held off 10,000 Chinese for a week, inflicting grievous losses and suffering 75 percent casu...more
Paulmbauer
A good recounting of a horrific battle against terrible odds and even worse weather. Fairly narrow in scope, providing a well researched and narrated timeline of events. There was not enough background of politics, history and strategy for my interests, and I would have liked to have seen things from Chinese and North Korean viewpoints as well as American. Still, a fairly gripping narrative of intelligence, endurance and bravery in a too-often forgotten war.
Derek
This book marked the end of books for a while. I knew nothing about the Korean War. And this book recounts the events of the Marines of Fox Company at the Chosen Reservoir in North Korean when the Chinese attacked 30,000 marines and UN troops with something like 120,000 and they escaped. I wanted to know specifics of the battle, but this book delved into the gore and the swearing beyond what I needed to hear. So finally I decided it wasn’t the best use of my time.
Stephan
What those Marines of Fox Company 2/7 endured in that absolute arctic climate is a true example of what being a "hardass" is really about. All those Marines fought like warriors and most were killed. Do yourself a favor, read this book.

Interesting note: The air temperature was cold that many wounded Marines whose wounds would of caused death by blood loss, were saved because blood vessels were restricted and blood would freeze quickly.
Jill
Amazing story about a company of Marines that held a stretch of road for nearly a week in temperatures nearly 40 below zero with little food and inadequate clothing against the cold. I used this to teach my student in homeschool about the Korean war. Fascinating to read about the human bravery and spirit. Also interesting to realize things like mortars and bazookas do not operate in such cold temperatures because the gas cannot expand enough.
Ashley
The story of these Marines was just....there really are no words. It was incredible.
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