Monday, December 15, 2014

Review of Hill 488 by Ray Hildreth and Charles Sasser

Authors:  Ray Hildreth and Charles Sasser.
Title:  Hill 488.
Publisher:  Pocket Books.
Copyright:  2003.
Pages:  359.
Cost:  $7.00

Overviews and impressions:
Hill 488 is the first hand account of the 1st Platoon, 1st Recon Battalion, 1st Marine Division stationed on Hill 488 and the VC/NVA battalion that attacked it on June 13, 1966.  One Congressional Medal, four Navy Crosses, thirteen Silver stars, and 18 Purple Hearts were awarded to the unit.  The highest decoration of any small unit in US history.

The books is engrossing.  Hildreth tells his story from first person.  Sasser shifts to third person during some of the battle scenes to keep the narrative moving.  I felt I was on top of Hill 488 with the Marines when they were attacked.  It's the closest I've come to actually being in combat since reading We Were Soldier...  And Young Once.


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