New book details 90-year-old author’s time as rifleman during the Korean War

New book details 90-year-old author’s time as rifleman during the Korean War

by Carlos R. Smith
Stripes Korea

Author: Carlos R. Smith
Format: 5.5 x 8.5 Paperback $14.95, 5.5 x 8.5 Hardcover $24.95
Pages: 142
ISBN (pbk): 978-1-64670-898-7
ISBN (Hardcover): 978-1-64670-899-4


Carlos R. Smith, a 90-year-old avid reader who closely follows politics and current events with a special interest in US foreign policy, has completed his new book, “Korea”: an accurate first person account of life as an Infantry rifleman on the front lines of the Korean War.


War is Hell. This is a time-worn expression that really means nothing. Words are intended to paint a picture in your mind but in this case no mental images appear. The reason being of course no one has ever seen Hell and returned to describe it. Similarly, men who go to war, experience war and return find it impossible to describe for an entirely different reason. They have seen it, experienced it, but find it indescribable. Someone once said, “war is about killing people and breaking things” Perhaps that description is what we should look to as an answer. This may be as close as the reader or anyone else will ever get.

My story is about killing people and breaking things. It is about taking the high ground or holding what you have. It is about search and destroy patrols into no-man’s land, it is about war. I will not attempt any further description.

I invite you to travel with me and with your mind’s eye look into the abyss of a man-made hell, not just one but several. Heart Break Ridge, Bloody Ridge, and the Punch Bowl, where you look death in the face only to have death for now look away. To now know that during the battle for Heart Break Ridge, in slightly less than 30 days the 23rd Regiment, Second Infantry Division suffered over 100% casualties. A steady stream of replacements is your answer.

Marketing & Distribution

Readers can Purchase “Korea” on Amazon, Apple iTunes Store, or Barnes & Noble. For Wholesale orders please go to the Ingram Content Network at  Korea is 100% Returnable.

About the Author

Carlos Smith received his draft notice in August 1950, his physical examination on Halloween day 1950. His experience in the Korean War proved to be a defining event in his life. As one of the few soldiers that fought in the Battle of Heartbreak Ridge, the Battle of Bloody Ridge, and the Punchbowl, Carlos’s unique perspective about Korea and the war was featured on Oliver North’s War Stories: Hill Battles of Korea on Fox News in January 2003. Telling his story to Lieutenant Colonel North served as an inspiration and impetus to writing this book.

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