Item description for USMC Tanker's Korea: The War in Photos, Sketches, and Letters Home by Roger G. Baker...
More than memoir, the letters, sketches and photographs from a soldier on the front line of America's first war against communist expansion offers the reader more than a macro-view of the conflict. Neither historical overview, nor outline of grand strategy told by those far from front line butchery, Tanker's War is an ordinary man's experience of grand geopolitical strategy at the place where diplomacy gives way to bayonet. And there lies its power. While the many photographs offer testimony to the effects of war more eloquent than any prose, the letters from a young man thrust into the killing fields yield a candid honesty as valid as anything written by any soldier in any war. A soldier's story in a soldier's words, USMC TANKER'S KOREA will prove invaluable researchers, to historians, to anyone with interest in The Korean War, the men who fought it, and the scars it left behind.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.6" Width: 6.18" Height: 0.69" Weight: 1.04 lbs.
Release Date Feb 1, 2001
Publisher Elderberry Press
ISBN 1930859058 ISBN13 9781930859050
Availability 124 units. Availability accurate as of Jan 21, 2017 12:58.
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More About Roger G. Baker
Baker attended Culver City Grammar School and Alexander Hamilton High School in West Los Angeles. Roger joined the United States Marine Corps and was inducted on January 20, 1951. After 10 weeks of boot camp at the USMC recruitment center in San Diego, he was then trained as a combat infantryman at Camp Pendleton, Oceanside, California. He spent a year in the Korean War with the 3rd Platoon, Able Company, 1st Tank Battalion, 1st Marine Division with over 11 months of front line combat from July 1951 through July 1952, first as a loader and then as a gunner. Upon his return to the U.S. he spent some time in the Naval hospital. He was honorably discharged in 1954.
Roger G. Baker currently resides in Pensacola, in the state of Florida. Roger G. Baker was born in 1932.
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I'd Love to Write a Review if Only Amazon Would Send Me the Book????!!!! Sep 10, 2007
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David G. Bauer
............The Unvarnished Truth About The Korean WAR...... Apr 11, 2007
The creator of this tome puts you squarely behind the devastating 90mm flat-trajectory weapon on his Patton Series M-46A1 tank; plus, many more direct fire adventures and the inevitable side trips to tedium and despair that is synonomous with the eternal, war-weary combat Marine tankers. This was all accomplished through his letters sent home and preserved by his loving and sagacious mother. In his depiction of the War in Korea, punctuated by death and misery all around is clearly expressed. Conversely, it also demonstrates the exlixir of daily triumphs against a resolute and formidable enemy locked in mortal combat. This is not only a superior read, but also a treat to the eye with a myriad of on the scene photos and the author's brillant penchant at illustrations and sketches well done. It also explores the brutal and intensive training of all Marines who volunteered for a combat tour to Korea. Only the finest specimen of a Marine entered Korea for service in the Fleet Marine Force. This literary work personalized and covered a polygot of details of what Marine tankers were all about: their virulent mindset and their military accomplishments in the field, which unfolded day-in and night-out. ..THE ENEMY ALWAYS FOUGHT AT NITE!! [close combat]...Roger Baker's natural style unmasks the unvarnished truth of how Marines survived under severe combat conditions and the trials and tribulations of misconduct in the Reserve Area. He even puts a stamp on his own veracity for expressing his love/lust for life. His writings of such, symbolizes the courageous youth of America; regardless, to his own country's pathetic apathy on what is taking place in Korea [1950-1953]. By your leave, take for instance his 'Bon Voyage' out of Korea in the final chapter. With all the death and destruction during his combat tour of duty, a rip-roaring climax takes place on the loading docks at Inchon...it mirrors, there was never a safe haven in Korea. It was a full blown WAR despite President Harry Truman's smoke/screen, "It's only a 'Police Action' and nothing to fear"...yeah, sure Mr. President...It was WAR in Korea...who am I??...just another Marine tank gunner, who also squeezed the 90mm trigger just like our humble and eloquent author...this is one hellava read...Semper Fidelis....SSGT CHRIS SARNO-USMC FMF
Feeling like I was there Aug 28, 2001
I found myself many times feeling as though I was there with Roger. There were times I laughed and had tears. I especially like the idea of his personal account of what it was like being a young man so far from home, building new relationships and dealing with losing those close to him. I'm thankful Roger wrote home consistenly and his family saved all his letters and drawings, more than that I am thankful Roger has shared his experience with us, taking many of us to a place we have never been, but walked away feeling what it was like to have been there.
A Brave Young Man Does Shares A Very Personal Story Aug 27, 2001
Roger Baker shares with all readers his personal account of his year in Korea. His letters home were extraordinary in their level of feelings and honesty and yet allowing his parents to be part of this very difficult time in his life. I found the book warm, funny, sad and yet very tender. Tankers are a special group of men for sure, and living in these machines in the heat of summer and cold of winter must have been unbearable. Roger lets us experience his trip to adulthood in a very personal way. He is a true American Hero.
THE FORGOTTEN WAR REMEMBERED Aug 18, 2001
This book took me to a place I knew nothing about, and did it with language vivid as the photos that stud the text. Perfect? No. Moving? Yes. This is war. Read and learn.