Marine Action in Korea from the first transportings of troops in the summer of 1950, through 1951, robustly chronicled by a man who was a Marine field officer himself. Few politics here, this is in the vein of an official corps history, activated by vivid on the scene reporting with instances of courage, battle, and the small but telling human experiences and conversations at the front as they took roles in the large campaigns. Chronologically, Mr. Geer tells of the preparations and sailing of the First Marine Division, the capture of Paedung and the first withdrawal, the Inchon landing and Seoul, near success and the second disastrous retreat -- this time with the Chinese communists as out-spoken enemies. Depicted are the privates and the lieutenants and the colonels, fighting as a corps and as individuals, and many no doubt, will find their names and the words they spoke written here- as they tried for No Name ridge, moved from building to building in Seoul, suffered winter and frostbite and the lack of supplies. While men and fighting receive heartfelt characterization, there is not enough outside material, of probing the over all import of the Korean situation to bring this to a wider audience. Limited.