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In The Shadow Of Glory
by Robert B Campbell   

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Publisher:  PublishAmerica ISBN-10:  1588511944 Type: 
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Copyright:  Mar 9 2001
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A gripping story about the coming of age of an 18 year old Marine fighting in Korea. It is a riveting, eye-opening account of the forgotten war from the Grunt's perspective. The author has drawn on his combat experience as a Marine during the Korean war to paint a vivid and chilling picture of the last half of the Korean War, known to those who fought it as "The Outpost War." The fighting was as fierce as any of the trench warfare of WW I. There is no Hollywood hokum in this book. Most of the events happened. The language is explicit, but is an accurate portrayal of how men in war spoke at that time.

Larry Gaiser was in for a rude awakening when he joined Charlie Company on the front lines in Korea. Taken under the wing of Pappy Bryson, a seasoned veteran who becomes his best buddy, Gaiser learns the rules for survival in combat. His smug, gung-ho attitude is slowly whittled away by the reality of war. Unliike the glory depicted in movies, he discovers that combat is a horrifying, soul-scarring experience.
After losing many of his buddies during the savage battle for the "Fortress," a heavily fortified enemy-held hill, Gaiser becomes numb to the horror and death he must face on a daily basis. The young leatherneck, now a seasoned combat veteran, goes through the remainder of his tour in Korea almost zombie-like. In this way, he endures-- changed forever and embittered toward the hellish war that did this to him.
Excerpt
Gaiser lay curled in a ball in a corner of the bunker long minutes after the shelling ceased. He kept chanting his survival mantra to himself, unaware that the hill was now silent-- silent except for the anguished cries of "Corpsman! Corpsman!" being yelled up and down the line.
When the silence finally seeped through to his consciousness, he shakily pulled himself to his feet and leaned against the bunker wall, gasping and choking as he sucked the smoky air into his lungs. It's over, he thought. I made it... thank you, God... thank you. The shaken Marine searched through his pockets for his cigarettes. When he found them, he pulled the pack out with trembling fingers only to discover it was smashed flat. He dug a cigarette out of the crushed pack, straightened it and stuck it in his mouth. His hands shook so badly he couldn't light it. Finally, he spat it out and ground it viciously into the dirt. He turned and looked out the firing aperture, then screamed as loud as he could, "Fuck you!" then sank to his knees and vomited until his stomach was empty.


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Reader Reviews for "In The Shadow Of Glory"

Reviewed by Hanley Harding 4/28/2003
Not yet having read the book -- only the much-too-short excerpt -- I will say that ANY material on the utter futility and bloody heartbreak of the Korean War is a VERY important lesson for any American to study. The Korean War veterans are buried much deeper than Vietnam War vets in the "let's just forget about it" mentality of an American society that has become the victim of its own cultural attention deficit disorder. Kudos to Campbell for dredging through all the nightmares (and daymares) to write this book and get it published.

From a Vietnam War Era vet -- son of a career Gyrene Korean War vet -- to Robert Campbell: a definite "attaboy" on this effort.

Doc
Reviewed by John C. Cheek 2/4/2003
Bob Campbell's book is truly a gripping story. Although we never met in person, Bob & I became e-mail buddies and he encouraged me to write a novel based on my own unique experiences during the Korean War. (I was in the Army Security Agency and attached to the 1st Marine Division) He encouraged me via e-mail as I wrote the novel. Sadly, Bob died unexpectedly on November 27, 2002. I had just informed him a few days before his death I had completed the 1st draft of my book. In his honor, I renamed one of the good-guy characters in my book as Sergeant Campbell. I regret that he didn't get to read my book which is just now going to Publish America for publication in the near future. Semper Fi. Rest in Peace Good Buddy
Reviewed by Raymond L. Pendergrass 11/16/2002
Based on the reviews and commentary I am ordering this book NOW. I served with 217th Med Coll Co (Sep) on Airstrips from Pusan to Wejonbu(sp?). I did not serve as a combat medic but evacuated many wounded from all services and from several different nations. My hat is off to to Campbell. Cpl, Army NG, 217th Med Coll Co (Sep) May 1951 - May 1952.
Reviewed by Steve Spetter 11/14/2002
I too served in the Korean war, from the time period of 1950-1954, but I was in the Navy. The book is an excellent way of describing how we went through the war. I feel that you have done a remarkable job of expressing that feeling, in the way that all of us 17-18 year olds dealt with the war.
Reviewed by Joseph 11/13/2002
Reviewed by Bobby L. Powers 10/13/2002
I too served during the time you are writing about. I look forward to ordering your book and reading it. I have a book " A Cruise In The Corps by Gerald D. Ginnelly, I served with 1st Marine Division from March 1952 until April 1953.
SEMPER FI. My Friend
Reviewed by Chantăl Jacobs 8/28/2002
I just love how the Veterans have done so much for our counrty and yet recieved so little. Thanks to everyone who ever fought in a war.
Reviewed by MGYSGT LaPierre 8/21/2002
Your book brought back all the horros and yet all the friends and good memories as well. I fought for the fortress as well. I was also in many other "outpost" battles. War is hell, but we move on so that those who gave all may live on in us. Semper Fi.
Reviewed by William R. Carman 8/5/2002
This sounds like a must read book and I plan to get it. Being in the 1st Battaion, 11th Marines supporting the 5th Marines, I have been writing my experiences from a peripheral viewpoint in Korea - no blood and
guts like the infantry, but the experiences of day to day and moving the 105's every time the 5th Marines moved. I probably will not go to publishing; just sharing with my children and grandchildren. Sgt William R Carman - 1-11-1 (1951-1952)
Reviewed by Evarist LeMay 7/29/2002
I was at the battle of the OutPosts as a 17 year old Marine and am looking forward to reading this book. As a Korean War Vet it puts me back to memories of friends and buddies.

Evarist LeMay
E-2-5 Marines
1952 - 1953
Reviewed by David Knudsen 7/25/2002
I read the reviews on your book. But have not
yet read your novel. i also served in Korea but not in your time frame. I salute you sir
for all your sacrifices for us and the USA.
Reviewed by richard cartwright 7/21/2002
i went there after the war but was in place in sept.1954. i have ordered it . the excerpts were what i would expect from a vet. very good. the younger generation needs to know what these men and women went through to keep our freedom. god blee you and god bless america
richard cartwright
Reviewed by Ron McKinney 7/10/2002
Bob Campbell tells it exactly as it was for most of us who grew up in the Korean War.
He sent me an autographed copy, and it stands beside James Jones and Ernest Hemingway on my bookshelf.
I take my Korean War Project cap off to Bob. On the crown of that cap is the logo:"I REMEMBER KOREA."
The narrative is as gripping as sitting in ambush waiting for a Chicom patrol to enter the trap. Bob captured
me in the same shocking way the Gaiser took his prisoner. The narrator captured the way we gravel crunchers talked and felt.
No "Command Diary" or "After Action Report" has ever truly caught the feel, the smell,and the grit of our battles as well as
Bob Campbell's novel has. When drunk on a Corpsman's ration of pure alcohol, we sang: "I'm over in Korea Now/ just fightin' for my life/before I'd go to war again/ I'd send my darlin' wife/It's a bloody war."
I shall send copies of IN THE SHADOW OF GLORY to my surviving buddies.
Ron McKinney
Item 3rd Batt. 1st Marines
Korea age 17-18 1951-52
Reviewed by Christine Wright 7/2/2002
I thought that the book was great. It's about time someone tells the tale. My Father fought in Korea, assaut and seizure of Inchon, Seoul and Chosin Campaign. I know that if he was alive he would appreciate you insights of the struggles and bravey of these young Marines.
Reviewed by C.A.Ciavattone-Lopez 6/17/2002
Thought this was great. It gives me an idea of what my Dad went through. He was a true Marine until the day he died. He never much talked about Korea though but liked showing us all his pictures. Now my two brothers have them both as a gift from my mother from last christmas. I will have to get this book.
Reviewed by Darlene Babrosa 6/11/2002
I intend to buy this book. I am searching for someone who may have served with my biological father in the Korean War but have run into dead ends. I would at least be proud to read this book and have more understanding of what it was like during this time.
Reviewed by John A Smart PFC 1BN 31st Inf Regt 7th Inf Div 6/7/2002
Superb job Marine: from all accounts I seen by those who have read the book
I can relate with your experiences,sinceI too was an 18 year kid, seeing what it was really all about, Inchon,Wonsan, Chosen Resevoir (Iwalked out with the Marines from t
Reviewed by Theodore V. Herrmann 6/3/2002
I am crouched down, my body tensed. Once again I smell the smoke, my hands shake, I hear their cries -- as I remember the pain, the fear and the death all around me on Old Baldy. Robert Campbell was there, clearly, and remembers well.

Ted Herrmann, H Company, 38th Infantry Regiment, 2nd (Indianhead) Infantry Division.
Reviewed by SuzyQI@webtv.com 6/1/2002
From what I read on the email sounds great. Luck to you.
Reviewed by Bill Sanders 5/29/2002
Sounds like a good book. Can hardly wait to read it. I'm a former corpsman with E-2-7, 2nd platoon and outpost "KATE"
Reviewed by Jim Cobb 5/13/2002
I haven't yet read this book however I intend to.From reading the excerpt it sounds like a very realistic war story.I am a marine veteran of that war.I was a radar/radio operator with MGCIS1.I enlisted when I was several weeks short of 17.
Reviewed by al zito 5/8/2002
i was 17 yrs old when i made the inchon landing all the way to the chosin so i know first hand what we went through , able co 1st bn 5th marines the review is great and and right on i will get your book great job simper fi
Reviewed by B H Cain Jr. 5/7/2002
Soungs like a good book .When I get a chance I will read it.

B H Cain Jr
Easy Co. 2nd.Bn.1st.Marines. 1947/1951
Reviewed by Chuck Hardesty 4/14/2002
Good stuff! Semper Fi!
Reviewed by Glenn Buesnel-May 3/19/2002
An engaging, gritty style in a genre that demands real-life experience for maximum effect. As I studied the Korean War last year, I soon realised why they refer to it as the 'forgotten war'. Your perspective puts the conflict in it's proper context; a forgotten war that was no less a human scar than any other.
Reviewed by John Brinkerhoff 3/5/2002
This book excels in two particular areas. One is in Larry Gaiser’s subtle and entirely believable transition from a green, uncertain recruit into a veteran fighter and emerging leader. The other is in the combat sequences, which are among the best I’ve read anywhere. These indelible snapshots of young men confronting the grinding carnage of war for country and their fellow soldiers should leave every reader with an abiding respect for any American, past or present, who ever wore a uniform.
Reviewed by Diane Fitzgibbon 2/19/2002
Every young man who has an urge to go to war should read this book. It's all there: blood, stench, gunfire, fear, mud and bravery. R. B. Campbell it all to life in graphic detail. If you missed this war, you will feel as though you were in it.
Reviewed by cdepaola2sd@webtv.net 1/1/2002
The "Book sounds really great", I being a Korean Vet after the War in PLACE Before --July 27th 1954 ( Security Forces )!Woud like to purchase this BOOK!!
Reviewed by Lynn Barry 1/1/2002
You got me wanting to read on...I am the mother of two Marine Reservists. Semper Fidelis. Hoo-rah! Good luck. Thanks for sharing your story.
Reviewed by Laurel Johnson 1/1/2002
You don't know me. I'm an almost 60 year old woman who read your message on the PA message board. It takes a lot to impress me, but your words got to the heart of me. My latest book, as yet unpublished, is about a veteran of WWI in much the same shape as your Gaiser. I like your style.
Reviewed by Herbert J. Sharbel 11/26/2001
I just finished reading In The Shadow Of Glory by Robert B. Campbell, who lived to tell his story. This book is an excellent piece of writing for anyone who enjoys reading about war and those who must fight in them. I would put it right up there with Chosin: The Chosin Reservoir Campaign, Korea 1950 as books I've read about the Korean Conflict. Congratulations, Marine, you did good!
Semper Fi, Herbert J. Sharbel, formerly Sergeant, 26th Marine Regiment, DaNang, Vietnam 1969
Reviewed by bob lahman 11/11/2001
Reviewed by R.L."Dick" Sanders 11/9/2001
Former USMC, Served in Korea with "C" Co. 1st BN, 7th Marine Reg..Was just 17 . the time(Having lied about age to enlist) I eventually Retired from Navy as LCDR, LDO."In The Shadow Of Glory" Tells it like it was, Semper Fi..This is MUST reading for all young Marines
Reviewed by Donald E. Chab 10/13/2001
Reading IN THE SHADOW OF GLORY was like a nostalgic trip to a period of time 50 years ago when I was a young and naive Marine not really prepared for the stark realities of combat... I highly recommend this fast-paced novel to all Korea veterans, military history buffs and anyone who enjoys a good read.
Donald E. Chab
WPNS. Co. 1st Bn. 1st Marines
Korea 1951-1952
Reviewed by Judith Mullins 10/3/2001
"In the Shadow of Glory" is not a war novel - it is a novel about a young man that quickly grew into an adult because of the impact of war upon him. It is a compelling read.
Reviewed by Robert J. Lahman 9/29/2001
What "Flags Of Our Fathers" meant to WW II Marines, "In The Shadow Of Glory" has the same meaning for us, the Korean War veterans of the Outpost Wars. Reading R. B. Campbell's novel put me back in the trenches all over again.
Sgt. R. J. Lahman
3d Batt. 5th Marines
Korea 1952

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