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Publisher's Summary

On June 13, 1966, men of the 1st Recon Battalion, 1st Marine Division, were stationed on Hill 488. Before the week was over, they would fight the battle that would make them the most highly decorated small unit in the entire history of the US military, winning a Congressional Medal of Honor, four Navy Crosses, 13 Silver Stars, and 18 Purple Hearts - some of them posthumously.
During the early evening of June 15, a battalion of hardened North Vietnamese regulars and Viet Cong - outnumbering the Americans 25 to one - threw everything they had at the 16 marines and two navy corpsmen for the rest of that terror-filled night. Every man who held the hill was either killed or wounded defending the ground with unbelievable courage and unflagging determination - even as reinforcements were on the way. All they had to do was make it until dawn....
©2003 Ray Hildreth and Charles W. Sasser (P)2015 Tantor
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5 out of 5 stars
By Robert on 04-06-16

Exceptional Experience

I've read the soft cover book a few times. And I've chosen to buy the recording so I can "listen" for a change to this amazing telling, of an incredible story.
The men who held 488 earned many medals, they almost certainly deserved more.
I'm sure this battle is on the record in the annals of Marine Corps History. But it should
be more widely known. This action should be talked about for generations to come.
This is the most amazing battlefield story I've ever read or been told.
As veteran of this war myself. I've heard a lot of stories. But this is a stirring story of
esprit de corps, valor, and gallantry. And will remain with me for the rest of my life.
I'll never forget this story. I'm sure you won't either.

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14 of 14 people found this review helpful

4 out of 5 stars
By Dave Miller on 10-20-15


Where does Hill 488 rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I would put this in the upper third of the audiobooks that I have listened to so far. The story was top notch, with a direct and to the point recounting of a marine who experienced it.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Jimmie E. Howard, amazing leader

What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

I thought the performance lacked the intensity and drama that it should have had. It seemed very passive or laid-back for the material.

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7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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