Offering a unique and untold story about a group of men during the Korean War, author L. Todd Wood’s latest book, Lost Bastards, shares the true story of 28 American soldiers’ heroism during a secret mission as they teamed up with Korean soldiers to hold a position on “Hill 433” as the Chinese were coming to overtake it. Wood, a graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy who flew for the 20th Special Operations Squadron which started Desert Storm, tells the story of the soldiers on the hill and the survivors of the top secret mission who referred to themselves as the “lost bastards” of the mission that was kept a secret for over 50 years.
Wood tells the story of the bravery of the men who fought for two weeks to survive, leaving only 14 to make it out alive. One of those men, Dick Carpenter, lived to tell the tale to his children who have shared their father’s heroic story with Wood.
“I didn’t know what to think when I was contacted by the family of Richard Carpenter to write this book. However, the more I learned about the story, the more I was touched,” Wood told American Military News. “I am humbled to have been asked to undertake this project. My only hope is that I have done the story justice.”
Erik Bork, the multiple Emmy-Award winning writer-producer of HBO’s Band of Brothers, says the Lost Bastards is “A fascinating untold story from the Korean War. The heroism of the men on Hill 433 and what they had to endure is truly awe-inspiring.”
You can purchase a copy here and watch the trailer for the book below: