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The Life of General Oliver P. Smith
  • ISBN/SKU: 9781591148265
  • Binding: Hardcover & Ebook
  • Era: WWII, Korea
  • Number of Pages: 384
  • Subject: Biography
  • Date Available: October 2009
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Oliver P. Smith fought at Peleliu and Okinawa and then commanded the 1st Marine Division in Korea during the assault at Inchon, the recapture of Seoul, and the breakout from the Chosin Reservoir. Called one of the twentieth century's great Marine leaders, Smith was known as an outstanding combat commander and a man of great intellect and moral courage. This biography, written by the granddaughter he helped raise, illuminates the general's remarkable life. It draws on interviews, oral histories and a thorough examination of letters held by the family and not previously available to researchers. Gail Shisler's investigation of Smith's relationship with his Army superiors in Korea and with his Marine Corps peers and superiors takes exception to previously published descriptions and adds new insights into the Corps' postwar battle for survival.

Gail B. Shisler was born during World War II, a conflict in which her father lost his life.  She lived with General and Mrs. Smith for much of her youth.  She now makes her home in Fairfax, VA.


Praise for For Country and Corps


"Shisler has written a readable, carefully researched, well documented, and balanced (if sympathetic) biography of a man whose life is well worth knowing . . . .It is a fine book."


Naval War College Review, Spring 2011

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