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Through the Wheat: A Novel of the World War I Marines
Thomas Boyd  More Info

The United States Marines: A History
Edwin Howard Simmons  More Info

Dog Company Six: A Novel (Bluejacket Books) (Blue Jacket Books)
Edwin Howard Simmons  More Info

The Marines
Edwin Howard Simmons  More Info

The United States Marines, The First Two Hundred Years 1775 - 1975
Edwin H. Simmons  More Info
History of Marine Observation Squadron Six
Gary W. Parker  More Info
Frozen Chosin: U.S. Marines at the Changjin Reservoir
Edwin Howard Simmons  More Info
Over the Seawall: U.S. Marines at Inchon
Edwin Howard Simmons  More Info

According to the Library Journal, Dog Company Six is a “A taut, exceptionally well-paced, and exciting novel. Simmons tells the story of Marine Reserve Captain George Bayard, recalled to service during the Korean War from a comfortable teaching position and given command of rifle company D ("Dog" in the military phonetic alphabet), which shipped out in time for the September 15, 1950 attack on Inchon. Readers follow Bayard and his company through the terrible ordeal of the winter of 1950-51. The tale of the advance up the peninsula and the miserable retreat is gripping, and Simmons's well-chiseled characterizations are unforgettable. The most important aspect of the novel is the author's depiction of unit cohesion. Throughout, Bayard is a reluctant warrior, but by the time the first bullets fly he finds the magnetic pull of home with all its comforts is insufficient to overcome the bond he has established with the men of his company. Veterans like Simmons can fully convey this attribute. A vividly accurate depiction of combat in Korea.”


According to a reader of The United States Marines, The First Two Hundred Years 1775 – 1975, “This is the hard-bitten history of a tough, proud Corps that is perfectly confident that "If the Army and the Navy ever gaze on Heaven's scenes, they will find the streets are guarded by United States Marines." Discover the first 200 years of proud Marine history with a chronological history and maps.”

Brigadier General Edwin Howard Simmons served in the United States Marine Corps for 53 years; 36 in uniform and 17 as a civilian. In 1942, he was commission a second lieutenant and served in the World War Two Pacific Theater.  He saw fighting on Guam and later served in Japan and China.  After World War II, General Simmons served as managing editor of the Marine Corps Gazette.


During the Korean war he fought as a weapons company commander, battalion operations officer and executive officer. Continuing with his education, General Simmons received his master's degree in journalism from Ohio State University.


He served in Vietnam 1965-66; and 1970-71 as the as assistant division commander of the 1st Marine Division, then deputy commander of the 3rd Marine Amphibious Brigade. In 1971, he became director of Marine Corps History and Museums. His military awards include a Distinguished Service Medal, the Silver Star, three awards of the Legion of Merit, two awards of the Bronze Star, the Meritorious Service Medal and a Purple Heart.


Brigadier General Edwin Howard Simmons was a prolific writer who published more than 300 articles, authored or co-authored more than nine books.  Among the books he authored are: The United States Marines: A History; Dog Company Six, Frozen Chosin: U.S. Marines at the Changjin Reservoir; Over the Seawall: U.S. Marines at Inchon; The United States Marines; The First Two Hundred Years 1775 – 1975; and, The Illustrated History of the Vietnam War: Marines.  Among the books Brigadier General Edwin Howard Simmons co-authored are: Through the Wheat: A Novel of the World War I Marines; History of Marine Observation Squadron Six; and, The Marines.


According to the book description of The United States Marines: A History, “The third edition of Brig. Gen. Edwin H. Simmons's popular history of the U.S. Marine Corps has been updated and revised and made available in both hardcover and paperback. It reflects the latest scholarship on events reaching back to the Corps's beginnings in November 1775, when the Second Continental Congress authorized two battalions of American Marines, to 2001. As updated, it includes material on the tumultuous events of the last quarter-century in Lebanon, Grenada, Panama, the Persian Gulf, Bangladesh, Somalia, and Haiti.


With a foreword by Marine Corps Commandant Gen. James Jones, the book provides a lively chronicle of the Corps's participation in all the nation's wars, from the American Revolution to Desert Storm. Highlights of the work are the Marines' legendary contributions at such places as Bladensburg, Guantanamo, Belleau Wood, Guadalcanal, Tarawa, Iwo Jima, Inchon, Chosin, Hue, and Khe Sanh. While the focus of this history is on the big wars, it never slights events in between, among them the humanitarian missions that have helped define the Corps. Nor does the author neglect the intermittent but never-ending fight for the Corps's survival at home where it faces periodic challenges from the Army, Navy, Air Force, and on occasion, unfriendly presidents. Few writers know the subject as intimately as General Simmons, who writes from firsthand experience in three wars and as the longtime head of the Corps's history division.”


According to the book description of Through the Wheat: A Novel of the World War I Marines, “Fresh out of a Defiance, Ohio, high school, Thomas Boyd (1898–1935) joined the Marines to serve his country in the patriotic heat of the spring of 1917. In 1919 he came home from the war with a Croix de Guerre and a desire to write. He joined the St. Paul News as a journalist and opened a bookstore, whose patrons included F. Scott Fitzgerald and Sinclair Lewis. Through the Wheat appeared to immediate acclaim, with F. Scott Fitzgerald calling it "a work of art" and "arresting." Boyd wrote five other works before he died in Vermont of a cerebral hemorrhage at age thirty-seven.”

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