Marine Lieutenant General Edward A. Craig served in the Corps from 1917 until 1951. He was one of the "old Corps" Marines, serving in the Banana Wars, World War II where he was commanding officer, 9th Marine Regiment, Bougainville and Guam, and Korea, where he led the "Fire Brigade" which many historians attribute to having saved the Pusan Perimeter, enabling the U.S. and her allies to save South Korea. He was also instrumental in making the amphibious landing at Inchon successful. Craig was considered one of the premier combat leaders in the Marine Corps.
Marine historian Dick Camp knew Craig personally and has woven Craig’s own account of his service into context. Craig’s recollections are more than recitations of facts, his account of leading in World War II provides the perspective of a combat leader balancing the mission objectives with responsibility for the men he leads. His account of fighting during the Korean War section provides insight into how unprepared the United States was and how a determined, well-led Marine brigade was able to stop the North Korean advance and prevent them from overrunning South Korea.
"The author’s extensive interviews with Craig and other Marines who knew him add rich detail to this biography." ~Seapower
"So what does this book add to the literature? It is the close-up focus on General Craig..." ~The Journal of America's Military Past
"Throughout this book we see the human side of a tried-and-true military man... We are reminded, through Craig’s story, that after action reports may capture the combat, but the diaries and letters capture the man." ~National Maritime Historical Society