The Last Stand of Fox Company: A True Story of U.S. Marines in Combat (Paperback)
January 2009 Indie Next List
“Another great book from the authors who gave us Halsey's Typhoon. Their latest effectively captures the savagery, command mistakes, courage, and tenacity of a company of Marines and those who supported them during the Korean War.”
— Richard Daley, Pass Christian Books, Pass Christian, MS
November 1950, the Korean Peninsula: After General MacArthur ignores Mao's warnings and pushes his UN forces deep into North Korea, his 10,000 First Division Marines find themselves surrounded and hopelessly outnumbered by 100,000 Chinese soldiers near the Chosin Reservoir. Their only chance for survival is to fight their way south through the Toktong Pass, a narrow gorge that will need to be held open at all costs. The mission is handed to Captain William Barber and the 234 Marines of Fox Company, a courageous but undermanned unit of the First Marines. Barber and his men climb seven miles of frozen terrain to a rocky promontory overlooking the pass, where they will endure four days and five nights of nearly continuous Chinese attempts to take Fox Hill. Amid the relentless violence, three-quarters of Fox's Marines are killed, wounded, or captured. Just when it looks like they will be overrun, Lt. Colonel Raymond Davis, a fearless Marine officer who is fighting south from Chosin, volunteers to lead a daring mission that will seek to cut a hole in the Chinese lines and relieve the men of Fox. This is a fast-paced and gripping account of heroism in the face of impossible odds.
About the Author
Bob Drury is the author/coauthor/editor of nine books. He has written for numerous publications, including "The New York Times", "Vanity Fair", "Men's Journal", and "GQ". He is currently a contributing editor and foreign correspondent for "Men's Health". He lives in Manasquan, New Jersey.
Tom Clavin is the editor of the "East Hampton Independent" and the "Southampton Independent", two of the most award-winning weekly newspapers in the United States. His articles have appeared in "Reader s Digest", "Cosmopolitan", "Golf" magazine, "Family Circle", and other publications. Clavin is also the coauthor of "Halsey s Typhoon".
Tom Drury is the author of several novels, including "The End of Vandalism", "Hunts in Dreams", "The Driftless Area", and "The Black Brook"". "His fiction has appeared in the" New Yorker", " Harper's", and the" Mississippi Review", and he has been named one of "Granta"'s Best Young American Novelists.