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"The Coldest Winter"

In an excerpt from David Halberstam's new book on the Korean War, we meet Lieutenant Ben Boyd.

Updated: September 25, 2007, 12:26 PM ET
By David Halbertstam | Special to Page 2

Editor's Note: Excerpted with permission from "The Coldest Winter: America and the Korean War" by David Halberstam. Copyright 2007 by David Halberstam. Reprinted by permission of Hyperion.

Lieutenant Ben Boyd was the new platoon leader in Baker Company of the Eighth Cavalry's First Battalion. The First Battalion – with its attached unit of tanks and artillery, in reality a battalion task force – was the most exposed of the regiment's three battalions, positioned about four ...

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