Leads Marines into Vietnam
In 1967, Karl Marlantes was a student at Oxford University on a Rhodes Scholarship. The young scholar previously trained with the Marines and felt he couldn’t sit by while his fellow countrymen risked their lives in Vietnam. Karl left his studies behind. As a platoon leader he became close with his radio operator, Charles Thomas, until a fateful battle in the hills of Vietnam.
During his service in the Marines, Karl was awarded the Navy Cross, the Bronze Star, two Purple Heart medals, 10 Air Medals and two Navy Commendation medals for valor. He is the New York Times best-selling author of “What It Is Like to Go to War” and “Matterhorn.”
Credit to : AARP