This book is an engaging and fascinating first-hand account from a Korean War veteran who remained silent for more than 60 years about his experiences. —Chancellor Mark S. Wrighton of Washington University in St. Louis
I was inspired reading Hilltop Doc. As a former Marine machine gunner, I could feel the esprit de corps that flows through every engrossing combat chapter of the book. —Rick Glassman, 4th Marine Division, 1964-1970
I found Hilltop Doc to be a gripping account of a Navy corpsman’s experience on the ground and in the foxholes of the bloody, almost forgotten, Korean War. —John Gillis, 2nd Marine Division, 1959-1963
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As a Marine corpsman, Leonard Adreon saw some of the worst of the Korean War’s carnage and the best of its humanity. His gripping description brings to life the war between the Chinese army and the U.S. Marines as they battled to take the high ground. You will feel the anguish, the frustration and the terror endured by Marines on the hillsides of Korea, and how U.S. troops fought with valor and esprit de corps under adverse conditions and against massive Chinese forces.
As a corpsman, Adreon tells the story from the unique perspective of a young man from St. Louis, with no medical background, thrown into the role of saving lives amid the war’s violence. He leavens the grim, emotional, and sometimes ironic battlefield scenes with his background story – of how his own mistakes and the military’s bumbling landed him at Korea’s 38th Parallel.
Author Leonard Adreon featured on 'St. Louis on the Air' with veteran host Don Marsh.
HILLTOP DOC author and Korean War veteran Leonard Adreon recently published a memoir reflecting on his participation in America’s “forgotten war" as a Marine Corpsman, providing medical aid in battle. He joined Don Marsh to discuss his book and to look back on the Korean War.