One Helluva Soldier is the story of 21 year-old George Martin, graduate of Officers Candidate School Class of 9-A. In spite of being known as one helluva soldier to those who served with him, he was subjected to harassment from two other officers who pegged him as homosexual. This continued throughout his service as forward observer, and into a POW camp. One of the most dynamic stories told in this decade. Previous to the Korean Conflict, most of the enlisted men who served had been on occupation duty in Japan and many had never fired their rifles. In this account, they face highly trained North Koreans who have artillery, machine guns, air support, and Russian tanks. Americans had none of those. Phil Kline’s book follows fellow Class 9-A graduates, some of whom became prisons of war.
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War movies and stories have always intrigued me as my family has served in many wars over the centuries, but none in Korean War, so I’ve never heard much about it. Phil Kline’s “One Helluva Soldier’ brought to life in my mind the real lives of the soldiers that served in that war. I couldn’t put the book down and was amazed that I knew nothing of that war. My heart was stirred by the depth of the experiences shared, even during the prisoner of war days and weeks. I never got bored, even though i am used to enjoying more flowery descriptions in a written work, the voice throughout the story was authentic and I felt the human side of it all. Grateful for Phil’s experiences and research, not to mention his continued service to helping vets to this day.
Linda S. Duty
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About the Author
Influenced by his father, and older brother Bob—both of them World War II army officers—Phil decided he could be an officer, too. He joined the navy at 17, but did not face active duty until he was 18, in 1945. After boot camp at Great Lakes, Michigan, he was an enlisted man stationed aboard the USS Haskell, APA 117, crewman of one of their 28 landing crafts scheduled to invade the home islands of Japan. Two-thirds of the way across the Pacific, the war ended. Discharged from the navy in August 1946, Phil signed up for the army in 1948, and attended officers training with Class 9-A of Officer Candidate School, Fort Riley, Kansas. Following graduation, Second Lieutenant Phil Kline was stationed at Fort Bliss, Texas, in the artillery, where he received orders that sent him to Eighth Army in Japan. Within weeks, North Korea invaded South Korea. By the time Phil was to go, Eighth Army had been sent to defend South Korea. When the war was over, he resigned his commission. After attending numerous reunions with comrades who had served in Korea—and just prior to the fiftieth anniversary of the Korean War—Phil traveled 18,000 miles to interview them on video and to record their stories. Kline wrote ONE HELLUVA SOLDIER to honor comrades who served in combat in Korea.