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Ethnicity  American
Battles and wars  Vietnam War
Role  Author
Name  Karl Marlantes
Home town  Seaside, Oregon

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Born  December 24, 1944 (age 70) (1944-12-24) Astoria, Oregon
Alma mater  Yale 1967, economics University College, Oxford (master's degree)
Occupation  international business consultant
Notable work  â€¢What It Is Like to Go to War. Atlantic Monthly Press. 2011. ISBN 9780802119926.  •Matterhorn: A Novel of the Vietnam War. Atlantic Monthly Press. 2010. ISBN 9780802119285.
Spouse(s)  Gisele Fitch (m. 1971-2001 div.) Anne (m. ~2007)
Residence  Woodinville, Washington, United States
Service/branch  United States Marine Corps
Books  Matterhorn: A Novel of the Vietnam War, What It Is Like To Go To War
Education  University of Oxford, Yale University
Unit  1st Battalion 4th Marines, 4th Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division, Fleet Marine Force

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Karl Marlantes (born December 24, 1944) is an American author, businessman, and decorated U.S. Marine Corps veteran. He has written two books: Matterhorn and What It Is Like to Go to War.


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Marlantes grew up in Seaside, Oregon, a small logging town. He was a football player and student body president at Seaside High School (class of 1965), where his father was principal. He won a National Merit Scholarship and attended Yale University. He was a member of Jonathan Edwards College and Beta Theta Pi. He played wing forward for Yale's Rugby team. He was a Rhodes Scholar at University College, Oxford. He left after one semester to volunteer for active duty in the U.S. Marine Corps. After his military service, he returned to Oxford and earned a master's degree. He made his living as an international business consultant in India, England, Singapore, and France.

He is the author of Matterhorn: A Novel of the Vietnam War, a New York Times Top 10 Bestseller published in 2010. Sebastian Junger, in The New York Times, declared Matterhorn: "one of the most profound and devastating novels ever to come out of Vietnam". Matterhorn received the 2011 Washington State Book Award in the Fiction category. The novel is based on Marlantes' combat experience in the Vietnam War, as a Marine Corps 2nd and 1st lieutenant. His decorations include the Navy Cross, Bronze Star, two Navy Commendation Medals for valor, two Purple Hearts and ten Air Medals. After his combat tour, he served another year of active duty at HQMC. He suffered a severe case of post traumatic stress disorder that led to divorce; he continues treatment for it.

He published a non-fiction work in 2011 entitled What It Is Like To Go To War about modern veteran life upon return to the civilian world. Bill Moyers interviewed Marlantes in connection with the promotion of this book in July 2012.

He occasionally writes for The New York Times.

In 2016, he received an honorary degree from Clarkson University.


Marlantes was awarded the Navy Cross for an action in Vietnam in which he led an assault on a hilltop bunker complex the North Vietnamese occupied.


  • What It Is Like to Go to War. Atlantic Monthly Press. 2011. ISBN 9780802119926. 
  • Matterhorn: A Novel of the Vietnam War. The Atlantic Monthly Press. 2010. ISBN 9780802119285.
  • References

    Karl Marlantes Wikipedia