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Prairie Boys at War: Korea

Volume I: June - October 1950

By M. M. Helm
Price: $22.00

Format: (Softcover)
ISBN 13: 9780996095907
LCCN: 2014-07-29
Trim Size: 6 x 9
Number of Pages: 512
Publisher: Prairie Boy Books
Publication Date: 07/29/2014


Prairie Boys at War: Korea is a unique, riveting, fast-paced account of men from the northern prairies who received the Medal of Honor, Distinguished Service Cross and/or Navy Cross for heroism in the Korean War. Through their experiences, as well as those of other combat veterans, the history of the war is told in graphic detail.

These were dpression-era farm boys, miners, sharpshooters, paperboys and athletes. Two were young physicians who thought they were spending a pleasant 90-day rotation in Japan before landing on the front lines of Korea instead. There’s no other book like it.

Volume 1: June– October 1950 covers the deadly delaying actions of the war’s first four months. Future volumes will cover the terrible winter and spring of 1950-51 during which hundreds of thousands of Chinese soldiers abruptly came to the aid of North Korea. The final volume of the series will cover the vicious but little known "outpost wars" of 1952-53.


Merry Helm is an award-winning writer and documentary film-maker with extensive background in creating history-based radio stories for Prairie Public Radio and also worked as a screenwriter in the movie industry from 1994 to 2008. She serves as the historian for the 24th Infantry Division Association, which bestowed on her an honorary lifetime membership in 2009. She lives with her husband Roger Gress in Fargo, North Dakota.

She continues to work on the Prairie Boy Books, with the next volumes covering the Chinese intervention, the Chinese Spring Offensives of 1951, the Allied offensives in the fall of 1951, and the emergence of jet warfare over MiG Alley. She will also cover the deadly outpost/trench wars of 1952-1953, which have never before been fully presented.


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