Baker Bandits

Korea's Band of Brothers

An anthology of first-hand accounts of the Baker Bandits - Marines on the front line of battle during the Korean War.
Date Published :
August 2020
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Editor :
Cynthia Shelton
Illustration :
Over 100 black-and-white photographs
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Binding. : Hardback
ISBN : 9781612008981
Pages : 384
Dimensions : 9 X 6 inches
Stock Status : In stock
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An anthology of first-hand accounts of the Baker Bandits - Marines on the front line of battle during the Korean War.

B-1-5 was a unique company in the Korean War. The Baker Bandits fought at Inchon, Naktong, Chosin Reservoir, Guerrilla Hunts and the many numbered hills. They inspired one B Company Commander, Gen. Charlie Cooper, to the extent that when he became Commanding General of the Marines First Division in 1977, his time with B-1-5 inspired his “Band Of Brothers Leadership Principles” used widely in the Corps for many years.

Emmett Shelton was a 19-year-old Marine Reservist in 1950. He was called to duty after graduating Austin High School and, within six months, he was a rifleman in Korea. The Korean winter of 1950 was brutal and Emmett was evacuated shortly after Chosin due to frostbite. After the war, Emmett got on with life, then in the 1980s he attended a Chosin Few Reunion. He was overwhelmed by a need to reconnect with his old Company, his Baker Bandits.

Emmett tracked down B Company members one-by-one and started a newsletter, The Guidon, to share stories and reconnect. For 20 years Emmett published The Guidon, monthly. The contributing readership grew to a high of 300, including a number of young B Company Marines fighting in Afghanistan. The Baker Bandits brings together firsthand accounts from The Guidon, written by the men of B-1-5 about their time in Korea: their battles, their fallen commanders, death in the foxhole, lost platoons, injuries, and what happened to them after the war.

About The Author

Cynthia Shelton is the daughter of Emmett Shelton, who served in Korea and died in 2015.


All We Wanted Was To Be Marines
Pusan Perimeter
Inchon Kimpo Wosan Sept/Oct 1950
Chosin Reservoir Campaign Nov/Dec 1950
Bean Patch Jan 1950
Guerilla Hunts Begin Jan–Feb 1951
Hwachon—Hill 313 April 1951
Hill 907 June 1951
The Road Back Home
Reconnecting 40 Years Later
B-1-5 Honored Dead in the Korean War
Index of Contributors


"The accounts include writings by officers, non-commissioned officers, and enlisted men, all of whom shared the terrible experiences of the Korean War together. This method of organizing the book is unusual, but it works well here, with a natural flow to the narrative due to careful editing and ordering. The veterans of the Korean War are almost all gone now. While their war was smaller in scope, their actions and service deserve to be remembered."

- Military Heritage Magazine

"The accounts give an intensely personal look at [the marines'] experiences in the war, interspersed with historical narrative and sobering lists of casualties."

- Seapower

" invaluable and singularly appreciated addition to community, college, and university library 20th Century American Military History collections in general, and Korean War supplemental curriculum studies lists in particular. "

- Midwest Book Review

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