The Four Deuces: A Korean War Story

C. S. Crawford, Author Presidio Press $18.95 (296p) ISBN 978-0-89141-348-6
Crawford served with the Marines during the Korean War as a forward observer in a 4.2 mortar company. But fire-missions interested him less than the doings of fellow enlisted men, who seemed to devote much time and effort to hoodwinking officers, making midnight requisitions from U.S. Army depots and generally behaving like ``characters.'' In combat, the author got banged around a good bit, but couldn't manage to earn an official Purple Heart wound. The story of his attempts to achieve this goal is virtually the only unifying theme in this collection of wartime anecdotes and tall tales. Marines of all ages will enjoy Crawford's yarns. Others may wonder how so many devilishly clever, cynical, foul-mouthed and courageous young men could possibly end up in one outfit. Crawford spent 21 years in the Corps, serving in all ranks from private to master sergeant. (Sept.)
Reviewed on: 09/01/1989
Release date: 09/01/1989
Mass Market Paperbound - 978-0-671-70562-6
Paperback - 296 pages - 978-0-89141-691-3
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