Second to None
The stories compiled in this book are about the veterans of the SECOND INFANTRY DIVISION of the Army. Division members have served in WWI, WWII, and Korea and they are still serving in South Korea, Iraq and Fort Lewis today. These are true stories written by the veterans of the Korean Conflict and passed on to me to be included in this book. The book is dedicated to the brave men who fought to preserve our freedoms at a cost that many of us can only imagine.
Second to None is a wonderful piece of work. It is so compelling and moving. Many war books are so bogged down in the military strategy but this book is all about humanity in the midst of war. Raw, real, and gut wrenching, SECOND TO NONE brings the battlefront to life. Told in the words of 54 Korean War veterans, the book chronicles green recruits evolving into battle-weary warriors. These stories of courage, loss, friendship, and faith memorialize the sacrifices of America’s finest. Dana Taylor, Definitely Dana Radio Show
Second to None was shocking. It was harrowing. And I cried when I felt the pain of our military men in Korea. I’ve been so naive about what our history books tried to whitewash as the Korean conflict. It was a brutal war. Barbara’s book is a collection of first-person accounts, written by the men who lived through the battles and butchery. It features tales of daring, courage, and self-sacrifice in the face of unrelenting attacks. Their memories should be treasured. Their accounts are so real, the Korean War will forever be etched in my mind. What a tribute.- Felicia Mires, writer
Barbara Ann Derksen has done a beautiful job of pulling the stories from these hero’s into one place for easy access and a stimulating read. As a daughter of a Korea veteran I have to say this book is a must for every bookshelf. Gripping stories of the men who fought for our country and our freedom. It makes you want to get on your knees and thank God for these regular men who did extraordinary things for the sake of God and country and the American people. As a homeschool mother, this is going to be a great addition to our studies.-Pamela James, writer
Our Soldiers are Second to None. Second to None is an excellent book showcasing the integrity, the sacrifice, and the emotions of our soldiers as they served and defended the rights of the USA in the war in Korea. As one who only reads by getting ‘into’ the book, my heart was touched and my emotions stirred as I came to know the men who came home as survivors and those who did not. If you like/love history, if you know a soldier, if you are indifferent to our soldiers who are giving their lives for our freedom, you need to read this book.- Jennifer McLeMore, writer
I (Leonard Ferrell. 9th lnf. G. Co) joined “George” Co. 9th Regiment August, 1950. A couple of days later we were on the Naktong River scattered pretty thin. When the North Koreans attacked at 0100 September 1st. they bypassed my position. They went through G Co. to my left. The next afternoon a runner came and told us to withdraw. There were two tanks from the 72nd Tank Bn on the road. I rode out on one of the tanks.
We bivouacked just to the South of Yongson. I didn’t get any sleep. I could hear burp guns firing and the sound of the tracks on the T-34 tanks. I knew the next day I would know what it was like to be in combat.
When ‘G” moved out to attack I was the 2nd 5 scout. I made a lot of mistakes. I was lucky. I sat down on a North Korean soldier I thought was dead…who wasn’t. You can believe that I didn’t ever do that again.
As I was about to cross a small concrete bridge, I came across an American lying on the ground with his head looking straight at the sky. I tried talking to him, but got no answer. I then noticed his right leg was blown off below his knee. The blood was not flowing. I knew then he was dead. I still dream about him sometimes.
After crossing the bridge we were pinned down by enemy fire. I was lying behind a M-4 tank. He fired that 76mm and the muzzle blast almost tore my head off. I still have a ringing in my ears. As we were about to pull out M/Sgt. D. P Hernandez pointed his finger at me and told me to take over the squad.
The M-4 was pulling out. I told my squad to get behind the tank. There was also an M-26 tank about 75 yards in front of us. After going about 40-50 feet, I noticed I was the only one left behind the tank. I probably went back about 30 or 40 feet to see what happened. A T-34 had hit the M-4 on the right side blowing the tank commander out of the top turret, killing all inside. I’ll never forget the Tank Commander, there on the side of the road crying, saying over and over, “They killed my boys! They killed my boys!”
There was a small ridge North of Yongson. To get there we had to cross a rice paddy. We succeeded in taking the ridge without too much trouble and set up defensive positions. The next morning I looked towards Yongson. I saw a regiment of Marines coming our way. They relieved us. 46 of us from C Company were left. We fought almost every day and every night. Hill 125, Hill 201, Hill 409. The Pusan Perimeter was tough and I was lucky.
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