Give Me Tomorrow Audio Book Review

Give Me Tomorrow: The Korean War’s Greatest Untold Story – The Epic Stand of the Marines of George Company

Authored by Patrick O’Donnell, Narrated by Lloyd James

Audiobook, 6 hours and 10 minutes

Published by Blackstone Audio, Inc.

Language: English


George Company of the First Marine Regiment was one of the formations which was hastily put together and rushed to Korea in response to the North Korean invasion.  Many were Reservists, and several had never even been through boot camp. They were landed at Inchon in September 1950 and helped liberate Seoul.  With the North Korean forces in retreat, they then landed at Wonson to the enemy’s rear and advanced North to the Chosin Reservoir.

There two problems faced the Marines.  A record-cold North Korean winter was setting in, and the Chinese had been infiltrating divisions of “volunteers” South to support the routed North Korean Army.  MacArthur and the United Nations Command had persistently discounted reports of contact with Chinese troops, but by the end of November even MacArthur was forced to concede that more than a dozen Chinese divisions were encircling the U.N. Task Force at Chosin.  Legendary Colonel Chesty Puller, commanding the First Marines, reportedly said, “They’ve got us surrounded, the poor bastards.”

The U.N. troops conducted a fighting retreat to the South.  The Chinese attempted to cut the roads and trap the American and their allies using roadblocks and ambushes but were unable to stop them.  During the withdrawal seven Chinese divisions were destroyed, both sides reportedly losing more casualties to frostbite than to enemy action. The author uses personal interviews to tell the story of the Marines of George Company, their battles are related from the perspectives of the individual Marines involved.  This is a great piece of history from a forgotten war, and brutal chapter in the history of the Marine Corps.  Highly recommended.