Joseph R. Owen, 1st Lieutenant, USMC (Ret.), commanded the mortars
and a rifle platoon in Baker, 1/7, one of the rifle companies that
spearheaded the breakout from Chosin Reservoir. A 1948 graduate of
Colgate University, he served on active duty in the Marine Corps
from 1943 to 1946 and from 1948 to 1952.
Owen has been active in Baker, 1/7, reunions and has written articles on the company's wartime experiences for the Marine Corps Gazette and short stories for Leatherneck Magazine. Now retired from his own marketing business, he and his wife divide their time between Skaneateles, New York, and Naples, Florida.
"Thoroughly gripping ... The Chosin action is justly called epical; Lieutenant Owen tells the tale of the men who made it so".