Please join us at the National Infantry Museum on Veterans Day, November 11 from 12pm to 3pm for a book signing event with author Ralph Puckett. He will sign copies of his latest book “Ranger: A Soldier’s Life” in the NIM lobby. Copies of the book will be available for purchase.
COL Ralph Puckett (Ret) led the Eighth Army Ranger Company during the Korean War and was twice awarded the Distinguished Service Cross. He served as the Honorary Colonel of the 75th Ranger Regiment, honorary instructor at the Infantry School, and was an inaugural inductee into the US Army Ranger Hall of Fame in 1992. He is the author of “Words for Warriors: A Professional Soldier’s Notebook” and lives in Columbus, Georgia.
D. K. R. Crosswell, the Colonel Richard R. Hallock Distinguished University Chair in Military History at Columbus State University, is the author of “Beetle: The Life of General Walter Bedell Smith.” He lives in Columbus, Georgia.
On November 25, 1950, during one of the toughest battles of the Korean War, the US Eighth Army Ranger Company seized and held the strategically important Hill 205 overlooking the Chongchon River. Separated by more than a mile from the nearest friendly unit, 51 soldiers fought several hundred Chinese attackers. Their commander, Lieutenant Ralph Puckett, was wounded three times before he was evacuated. For his actions, he received the country’s second-highest award for courage on the battlefield―the Distinguished Service Cross―and resumed active duty later that year as a living legend.
In this inspiring autobiography, Colonel Ralph Puckett recounts his extraordinary experiences on and off the battlefield. After he returned from Korea, Puckett joined the newly established US Army Ranger Department, serving as an instructor and tactical officer, and commanding companies at Fort Benning and in the Ranger Mountain Camp in north Georgia. He went on to lead companies in Vietnam, train cadets at West Point, and organize the Escuela de Lancero leadership course in Colombia. Puckett’s story is critical reading for soldiers, leaders, military historians, and others interested in the impact of conflict on individual soldiers as well as the military as a whole.