Grown Gray In War

The Len Maffioli Story

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    November 21, 1996
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    9 × 6 × 1 in
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    24 oz
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During his thirty-three years in the U.S. Marine Corps, Len Maffioli saw combat in World War II, the Korean War, and the war in Vietnam. And he was one of eighteen Marines who participated in the only successful organized escape from a Chinese Communist POW camp during the Korean War. But his moving story is not just that of a Marine grown gray in war. It is also that of an eyewitness to the historic evolution of the Corps from an amphibious landing force, through the crucibles of modern warfare in Korea and Vietnam and the resulting challenges to morale and discipline, to a multidimensional, integrated warfighting force.

Readers share Maffioli's dreams - and his worst nightmare. His ill-fated task force (Drysdale) is ambushed at Korea's infamous Chosin Reservoir, where Maffioli and hundreds of American and British soldiers are taken prisoner. In graphic detail, Maffioli describes his six months in Chinese POW camps, including Kanggye, where attempts were made to reeducate and indoctrinate American prisoners.

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