First-Hand Account of Extraordinary Military Life

First-Hand Account of Extraordinary Military Life

This story begins at the end of World War II of men at their best and at their worst which ultimately led to the Cold War.  It then picks up the story 10 years later as the author begins his military career.  Inside the 102-pages book are a rip-roaring account of military life and their bravery. A two-year account from 1956 to 1958 of the author’s Marine Corps service as a Second Lieutenant artillery forward observer attached to the famous Third Battalion Sixth Marines then under the leadership of Colonel Austin C. “Shifty” Shofner (the only officer to escape a Japanese prisoner war camp in WW2).

A true account describes the maturation of Phase III warfare — the landing by helicopter of an intact infantry battalion ready to fight behind enemy lines (Operation Deep Water) followed by a M16/CIA joint clandestine, effort to overthrow the Syrian government (Operation Wappen), called off at the last minute by President Eisenhower..

If you want to know more about the author’s early life, “Operation Wappen” is a book that is at the time very personal.  Author Robert Maddock recounts experiences, detailing his training, mindset, and actions. This is a must-read for those who prefer battlefield drama.

This 102 pages will course through comradeship, highlighting bravery and perseverance.

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About the Author

Robert K. Maddock Jr. has a love of history. He graduated from St. George’s School, Middletown, Rhode Island (’52), and Stanford University with a BA (’56). He is a captain (USMCR) with active service and reserve duty (’56-’65), part of which was in the Middle East. He graduated from the University of Virginia with an MD (’62). He did five years’ postgraduate training at University of Utah College of Medicine and University Hospitals of Cleveland, was full-time faculty for three years, and eventually was adjunct professor of medicine (U of Utah) and fellow American College of Physicians. His wife, Raija Rönkänen, RN, FNP, is an illustrator. Combined, they have reared nine children.

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