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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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By Dave Miller on 10-20-15

Incredible

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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By Jean on 05-21-15

Gripping

I found this to be an excellent book about the Vietnam War and the story reveals the ethos of the United States Marine Corps. The story provides the minute by minute recounting of the overnight battle on June 15-16, 1966 on Niu Vu Hill (Hill 488) in the Hieg Due Valley.

Sixteen marines and two Navy corpsmen overcame 25 to 1 odds to survive one the most famous battles in Vietnam. When rescued in the morning it was discovered that of the eighteen defenders six were dead, the remainders were gravely wounded. The marines had eight rounds of ammunitions left when rescued. Hill 488 produced the most highly decorated small unit in American history. Platoon Sergeant Jimmie Howard received the Medal of Honor, thirteen others were awarded the Silver Star, four received the Navy Cross and eighteen received the Purple Heart. Lance Corporal Ray Hildreth was awarded the Silver Star and the Purple Heart.

Hildreth tells his story from a teenager to joining the marines. He tells of his life in the marines leading up to the fateful battle. He provides a detailed account of what happened that night to the members of 1st Platoon, Charlie Company, 1st reconnaissance Battalion, 1st Marine division. The book was narrated by Jonathan Yen.

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13 of 15 people found this review helpful

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