Dog Company Six

A Novel
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Published:September 1, 2008
By Edwin Howard Simmons (Author)

A Marine who wielded both pen and sword in a long, distinguished career captures the heroism and horror of the early days of the Korean War in this gripping novel. As a young man—with his own experiences in the war still vivid in his mind—Simmons wrote of the complex gamut of emotions and experiences that made this bloody encounter between East and West so unique. He kept the manuscript to himself until the war's fiftieth anniversary, when it was published to critical acclaim. Lauded for bringing a psychological intensity and realism to the war, the novel tells the story of a Marine reserve captain abruptly recalled to active duty to lead a company of Marines in a series of battles from the mud flats of Inchon to the frozen wasteland of the Chosin reservoir.

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Product Details
  • Subject: Fiction
  • Paperback : 312 pages
  • Illustrations: 1 map
  • Publisher: Naval Institute Press (September 1, 2008)
  • ISBN-10: 1591147891
  • ISBN-13: 9781591147893
  • Product Dimensions: 6 X 9 in
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 oz

Brig. Gen. Edwin Howard Simmons, USMC (Ret.) served in the Marine Corps for thirty-six years, from 1942 to 1978, and is a decorated veteran of World War II, Korea, and Vietnam. He also served the Corps for seventeen years as a civilian, including many years as Director of Marine Corps History and Museums. He is the author of the Korean War novel Dog Company Six, The United States Marines: A History, and Frozen Choisin: U.S. Marines at the Changjin Reservoir, among other publications. He died in May 2007.

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5.00 Stars
Outstanding Historic Fiction from the Korean War
Monday, September 15, 2008
By: Joel Rudy
"Dog Company Six" is the moving story of Captain George Bayard, USMCR, in his tour of duty as commander of Dog Company, 2nd Battalion, of an unmentioned infantry regiment in the 1st Marine Division during the Korean War. Brig Gen Edwin Howard Simmons, USMC, (Ret), is a gifted story-teller that won't leave you disappointed. The story is told as a series of present tense flashbacks as Capt Bravard recuperates in Japan. The reader follows the chronological sequence of Capt Bravard's tour of duty, beginning with his introduction to the Red Snapper, the battalion commander who is nothing short of a World War II legend. The story is a coming of age for the young company commander as he discovers himself, and has to deal with the harsh realities of combat - from watching a life senselessly extinguished and having to write the letters home to the next of kin. The timelines and locations for the Marine Corps unit participation are historically accurate, but sometimes spartan in details. This viewpoint is appropriate for a story told from a company level point of view - a company commander would not be aware of the overall strategy for the entire division. Simmons assumes a level of familiarity with Marine Corps lingo. As an Airman, I cannot tell the purposes of an SCR-300 or an SCR-356, yet these radio designators are used extensively in the book without an explanation of their purpose. The book could be improved with a glossary of terminology and possibly a few maps to show routes of advance and key terrain features, such as "the Nose" which features prominently in the battle of the Chosin Reservoir. Aside from these very minor critiques, "Dog Company Six" is a very enjoyable book. This book needs to be in every company commander's reading library.


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