A RETURN TO GLORY

THE UNTOLD STORY OF HONOR, DISHONOR, AND TRIUMPH
AT THE UNITED STATES MILITARY ACADEMY, 1950-53

by Bill McWilliams © 2000

Unanimously Selected as a Bicentennial Book in February 2000, by the U.S. Military Academy’s
Bicentennial Planning Group. Published 28 August 2000 by Warwick House Publishing, Lynchburg, VA.





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Book Review Excerpts

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Book Review Excerpts (As of 17 MAY 2002)

One does not readily forget a book of this stature...This is a book of passion...Generations to come will find A Return to Glory an enduring insight into crisis...

Army Magazine
Association of the United States Army
Arlington, VA
MAY 2001


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...a compelling lesson in the meaning of...honor...and 'choosing the harder right instead of the easier wrong.

Assembly Magazine
Association of Graduates
United States Military Academy
West Point, NY
January/February 2001


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A Return to Glory is a candid and absorbing study of the nation's oldest military academy during one of the most challenging chapters in its long history...

Sea Power Magazine
Navy League of the United States
Arlington, VA
February 2001


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The book's foreword, by retired General John A. Wickham, Jr., describes the work's essence, "...a powerful, inspiring true story about service, devotion, sacrifice, valor, and the deeper meaning of honor, all subjects of interest to a wide variety of American readers, from high school through retirement age..."

Daedalus Flyer Magazine
The Order of Daedalians
San Antonio, TX
Winter 2001


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(A Return to Glory) is a powerful, well written...book...prose rivets. Sentences are sharp, word descriptions vivid. The pace races...high quality and outstanding readability...gives a clear and objective word picture of what happened from the initial feeling among several cadets and officers at the Military Academy that something was wrong in adhering to the honor code in late 1950 to the awarding on 20 December 1953 of the Lambert Trophy, symbolic of football supremacy in the East...tells in abs orbing detail of the long trek back to glory...

The Journal of Military History
Society for Military History
The George C. Marshall Foundation
The Virginia Military Institute
Lexington, VA
July 2001


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This book tells of the defining events and people directly affecting the U.S. Military Academy and its system of education and training during the Korean War...From the gray stone walls of (West Point) to the trenches and bunkers of Korea, A Return to Glory is an inspiring account. Korean War veterans...Academy graduates and military buffs alike will embrace this book.

Military Heritage Magazine
Williamsport, PA
October 2000


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A Return to Glory, while telling us of the United States Military Academy at the midpoint of the world's most violent c entury in history, speaks to us today, and will tomorrow. For in the telling, the work is replete with implied lessons useful in educating the whole person and in developing character and leadership...To be well versed on the Korean War and its veterans, this is a must-read book...

The Graybeards Magazine
The Korean War Veterans' Association
Arlington, VA
November/December 2000


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...the book has its greatest value in following...individuals whose heroics inspire anyone who professes to be soldier...(They were individuals)...serving in a line infantry unit where the "Army's hard, tough, most difficult work is done, and the average GIs, including draftees, who did the toiling, sweating, fighting and most of the dying. They were men, seldom volunteers , who bore the Army's heaviest burdens and greatest risks in battle, and when committed to fight, they determined who won or lost.

Saber
1st Cavalry Division Association
Ft. Hood, TX
January/February 2001


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This book is a must read for every man or woman who has worn the Army gray, or any who aspire to do so...for any veteran who has been in harm's way...for the football buff, and for the person...responsible for managing people or an enterprise. It illuminates the results of leadership, determination, perseverance and honor. What endeavor cannot profit from such lessons?

Buffalo Bugle
17th Infantry Regiment Association
Arlington, VA
February/March 2001


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Unsolicited Reader Comments (Since Publication 28 August 2000)

o "...you have achieved a feat that will endure forever. Your research is meticulous and deep. Your prose evokes scenes and sensations and emotions. Your analyses penetrate to the hearts of the issues..."

F. Clif Berry
Author, Former Editor,
Air Force Magazine
Herndon, VA
March 13, 2001


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o "...a most compelling, well-written, and heart-warming story. The research and work to make it factual and well-balanced are outstanding."

Frederick F. Irving
Jacksonville, Florida
September 24, 2000


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o "...marvelously well done..."

Thomas C. Reed
Former Secretary of the Air Force, 1976 - 77
San Rafael, CA
September 29, 2000


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o "...a monumental work...a splendid volume that certainly deserves the imprint 'West Point Bicentennial'..."

Gerhard W. Schulz
San Antonio, TX
September 25, 2000


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o "Super book! Super tale! Super job!...the years of work are evident."

Bill Schulz
Scottsdale, AZ
September 22, 2000


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o "...It is stupendous! I finished it last night and was sorry there wasn't more...If I had my way...I'd...have your book mandatory reading for every entering cadet. With a reread at the end of four years..."

Mrs. Marlowe Viney
Corona, CA
October 2, 2000


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o "A super book!"

Marcus Oliphant
Bloomfield, Indiana
September 25, 2000


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o "...Every time I read it I find myself unable to put it down. The book captures what is the essence of West Point ,, leadership accountability and the need to make tough decisions...I hope it will be required reading for anyone who wants to be an officer in our military."

General Robert W. Sennewald
United States Army (Ret)
Alexandria, VA
October 5, 2000


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o "...wonderful idea, grand scope, excellent research, superb writing..."

Henry A. Hollensbe
Blairsville, GA
October 27, 2000


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o "...the history itself is worthy of retelling, but the entire story is priceless. At a very minimum, this book should be considered a requirement for honor and leadership training at each of the academies and every ROTC unit in the country...athletic departments would do well to read it and take it to heart...a moving book to read...vivid, thought provoking and certainly comprehensive...a monumental tribute to the spirit of the Corps and of West Point..."

James K. McPherson
U.S. Naval Academy Class of 1955
Corvalis, OR
January 18, 2001


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o "...a fine job with the story of the scandal and...the recreation of those years...(the) words evoked imagery I thought was lost. Congratulations.

General John R. Galvin
United States Army (Ret)
Jonesboro, GA
October 2, 2000


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o "...(a) masterpiece on West Point."

Fr. (Chaplain) Jerry Nadine
USAF (Ret)
Las Vegas, NV
December 28, 2000


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o "A Return to Glory is an absolute triumph of beautiful writing and moving history."

Benjamin F. Schemmer
Editor, Strategic Review
Naples, FL
January 1, 2001


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o "...[the] book...is excellent. You have created a real winner!..."

Bob Farris
Westport, CT
December 18, 2000


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o "...a great book! The amount of work that obviously went into the writing...is staggering...a wonderful legacy...[for]...the Academy...Also, having fought in the Korean War, I found that portion especially poignant..."

Ted Livesay
Manhasset, NY
November 12, 2000


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o "...You have done a great service to the Academy..."

Francis A. Wolak
Northeast Albuquerque, NM
November 9, 2000


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o "...a beautifully bound book and cover...thank you for...tenderness and compassion...in telling...(Dick and Barbara Inman's)...stories."

Mary Jo Vermillion
Vincennes, IN
September 5, 2000


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o "...a monumental work, for sure,...should stay in print a long time and be one of the most successful books ever written about West Point."

Thomas P. McKenna
Montpelier, VT
November 5, 2000


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o "...I'm looking at a beautiful copy...awesome!...no author I know worked longer or harder in research...checking and writing...and the final product shows that unusual degree of loving care and attention...the story you tell is an important one that needs to be better known."

Lieutenant General Dave Palmer
United States Army (Ret)
Minneapolis, MN
October 5, 2000


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o "...delighted to have your book and...see how well it is being received...well documented and easy to read..."

John R. Witherell
Springfield, VA
October 17, 2000


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o "...The multifaceted stories make for fascinating reading...some of the details of the Korean War in which I participated amaze me..."

John R. Flynn
Formerly, Infantry Company Commander
K Company, 7th Cavalry Regiment, Korea
Denver, CO
October 18, 2000


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o "...can't put the book down...incredible story and well done...finished the book...and have been wrung out by it...in a good way...incredible book and was heart stopping for me..."

Lowell Sisson
Cedar Rapids, IA
October 30, 2 000


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o "...couldn't put it down...Well done...Tremendous research, extremely well written, carefully documented, great pertinent detail, spellbinding accounts..."

Bill Haas
McCalla, AL
September 26, 2000

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o "...It is like a mystery,- I simply cannot put it down!! GREAT JOB!!...a definitive work...I can't remember ever reading a more complete work about any subject..."

Jess Joseph Smith
U.S. Naval Academy Class of 1957
Upper Marlboro, MD
October 8, 2000


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o "...In your 'Acknowledgements', your...observations and remarks concisely express...how many of us felt as we read and discovered the depth, width and the intricacies of a unique period in West Point's history...Thank you for your interest, effort, and dedication to turning over those cards that were hiding important facts so necessary to more fully understand that period of time...You deserve an inordinate amount of compliments for your effort..."

Bob Mischak
Orinda, CA
September 23, 2000


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o "...The book...is a most attractive product...perseverence in research, dedication, and talent are well documented by the finished work!"

William J. Ryan
Alexandria, VA
September 11, 2000


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o "...[a]...masterpiece...Your efforts in producing this epic are truly heroic. I'm sure it will serve well the West Point community and its scholars as an exemplary, critical accounting of those dark but courageous days...few West Pointers will have served the Academy and their country better than you have in providing it."

Robert E. Inman
Sun City Center, FL
September 16, 2000


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o "What a magnificent job you have done!...so extensive...so thorough and such interesting reading. It is, to be sure, a major contribution to the true history of that difficult period. It needed to be told and I don't know how it could have been done any better..."

Michael Arrison
Norcrosse, GA
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o "...an impressive synthesis of events during a tumultuous time...You've added to the historical legacy of the Academy..."

Joseph Barth
West Point, NY
September 6, 2000


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o "...I for one am very impressed with the spectacular result...the Association will donate a copy to the Army Military History Institute in Carlisle Barracks, PA."

John Carrig
Historian, 17th Inf. Regt. Association
Arlington, VA
September 7, 2000


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o "...your book...has ruined my sleep and work patterns. The day I got it I was up 'til 2:30 a.m. and the next night until...11:30 p.m...."

Jon Vanden Bosch
Wimberly, TX
September 9, 2000


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o "...a work of art in every sense, noble, attractive and precious, a true legacy for the generations...auspicious for our nation."

Rev. David R. Graham
Bellevue, WA
September 9, 2000


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o "...'A Return to Glory'...is superb...format, clarity of style, and thoroughness are outstanding...It's the best West Point book ever."

Richard A. Regnier
Camarillo, CA
December 25, 2000

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o "...a monumental work...Every Korean War vet, their families, and the American public are in your debt. I am fascinated by the way you pulled together so many themes and threads in one book..."

Rev. John W. Phillips
17th Inf. Regt. Association
Pensacola, FL
November 9, 2000


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o "...a wonderful tome."

Dolores Rightley
Jemez Springs, NM
November 3, 2000


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o "...I read the book from cover to cover (including all the source references!!) and I came away with one powerful conclusion: If I had read your book twenty-two years ago, with its graphic and detailed portrayal of what Duty, Honor, Country really meant to so many, who sacrificed so much to live up to those words, I would not have retired when I did..."

Brigadier General John C. Bard
U.S. Army (Ret)
Richmond, VA
March 4, 2001


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o Congratulations on a magnificent piece of work. I read it from cover to cover...your presentation was beautifully done...Your description (of Pork Chop Hill) was so detailed I couldn't put your book down...I...thank you and commend you for a work of art..."

Colonel Alvan C. Hadley, Jr.
U.S. Army (Ret)
Lexington, KY
MAY 24, 2002


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Book Endorsements (As of August 2000)

…An extraordinary period history, and true story, of America’s oldest national military academy, its cadets, graduates, the citizen soldiers, airmen its graduates fought beside and led during the Korean War…A Return to Glory, while telling us of the United States Military Academy at the midpoint of the world’s most violent century in history, speaks to us today – and will tomorrow. For in the telling, the work is replete with implied lessons useful in educating the whole person and in developing character and leadership. As the Academy nears its 200th birthday, during the period commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Korean War, this books stands as a memorable tribute to those who fought and gave their lives in that conflict, a celebration of all that is good and right about West Point – and all Americans who lend their sons and daughters in defense of our nation, democracy, and free peoples everywhere.

John A. Wickham, Jr.
General, United States Army (Retired)
Chief of Staff, 1983-87 (from the foreword)


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A superb, true story about the dark side of national unpreparedness and the deeper meanings of honor, character, devotion, and self-sacrifice in the early days of the Cold War – America’s citizen soldiers and airmen abruptly thrust into "The Land of the Morning Calm," Korea, fighting and dying to halt the march of communism and saving a young Republic and its fledgling democracy.

General Ronald R. Fogleman
United States Air Force (Ret)
Chief of Staff, 1994-97


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The Cold War was a struggle between the young professionals on both sides who did their best – some giving their all – for their country’s best interests as they saw them. Perhaps we in the West prevailed because our young men and women believed in something greater than materialism. The graduates of our military academies emerged from West Point, Annapolis and the Air Force Academy with a dedication to "Duty, Honor, Country" that the political winds and the fires of combat could not extinguish. Bill McWilliams was there, amidst the storms of the early 1950s. His Return to Glory captures the defense of America’s moral citadel at West Point as few writers could do. I enjoyed it.

Thomas C. Reed
Secretary of the Air Force
1976-77


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…a magnificent, important tale…[had] probably captured the spirit and soul of West Point better than any book I’ve ever read about the Academy…[The] narrative is just plain gifted…descriptions of football games are magic…games and players literally come alive…pure and simple, the best sports writing I ever read…

Benjamin F. Schemmer
Editor-in-Chief
Strategic Review


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A Return to Glory is a must-have and a must-read. Read it to your children and to your grandchildren after them. The story treats of drama and the purpose of life through professional examination of events at the United States Military Academy in the early 1950s. You will feel thrilled reading this book. You will appreciate why West Point is the treasure of our nation, The Corps of our core.

The Rev. David R. Graham
Adwaitha Hermitage
Bellevue, WA

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