George Herman O’Brien

George Herman O’Brien

Oct. 27, 1952 Near Panmunjom, Korea Marine 2nd lieutenant George Herman O’Brien leads his platoon to retake a vital hill in an area known as “The Hook” which has been overrun by a huge Chinese force. Facing withing enemy fire, O’Brien led his...
William T. Perkins Jr.

William T. Perkins Jr.

Perkins enlisted in the Marines in 1966. During boot camp, Perkins expressed a desire to be a Marine photographer. After receiving this assignment, to his chagrin, he found the work as a still photographer at Marine Corps Supply Center, Barstow, California, dull and...
Samuel Sandoval

Samuel Sandoval

One of the last of the Navajo Code Talkers passed away in August. Samuel Sandoval was one of 29 Navajo men selected by the Marine Corps in 1942 to create a code based on their language, at the time mostly unwritten.  Their clever technique used word substitution and...
The Fighting Field Music

The Fighting Field Music

In his youth, Darrell Cole was a Sunday school leader, choir boy, and vagabond. He burned down his father’s barn when he was 3, ran away from home at 10, was vice president of his high school Dramatics Club, and joined the CCC when he was 17. Looking for some...
Marine Colonel Van D. Bell Jr.

Marine Colonel Van D. Bell Jr.

Hwach’on, Korea, 29 May 1951 UN and American forces have launched a counteroffensive to push Chinese and North Korean forces north, away from strategic locations in Gangwon Province.  The terrain is extremely rugged–ridges and narrow valleys with few roads...