New Book Describes a Real-Life Experience in a Battlefield

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Merrill Harper breaks the silence surrounding the 1950 battle in North Korea’s Koto-ri Pass

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In this memoir, a combat war veteran describes the real-life battlefields he experienced, focusing on the ambush at Chosin Reservoir in North Korea in 1950.

Many experiences of the U.S. soldiers who fought in the Korean War have been documented, but there are still many stories left untold. In his memoir, “Chosin Reservoir” (published by iUniverse), retired U.S. Army lieutenant colonel Merrill Harper gives a firsthand account of the heretofore little-known events of the 1950 battle in North Korea’s Koto-ri Pass.

Providing unparalleled insight into the harsh realities of war, “Chosin Reservoir” tells the story of how one army officer and three enlisted men broke up a 10,000-man Chinese ambush on Koto-ri Pass. They killed 7,500 and had the remaining attackers running for the hills within six hours.

An excerpt from “Chosin Reservoir”:

“Ten thousand Chinese were shootin’ at me all afternoon, bullets comin’ from all directions and splattered around above my head in the snow. Five bullet fragments hit me in the side of the face, but they were from bullets that was spent to where they were out of energy or I’d have been dead. So, I was layin’ there in the ice and snow.”

Harper writes in candid detail about the atrocities of war – he was wounded 24 times – and also recounts his military experiences before the epic battle and shares other anecdotes about his 22-year career serving in the Army.

About the Author
Merrill Harper was born and raised in Hartwell, Ga., and earned bachelor’s degrees in mathematics and physics. This is his first published book.

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