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CC alum and military veteran’s eBook remains on Amazon’s ‘Top 20 of Hot, New Releases’

Marshall Community College alumnus and Chief Warrant Officer Oakley Dean Baldwin released his first non-fiction e-book, “Devil’s Ground,” Nov. 5.The book has stayed in the “Top 20 of Hot New Releases” on Amazon since its release.

Baldwin, a 2000 Marshall Community College graduate with an Associate of Applied Science degree in police science, said he attributes his success to his time spent at Marshall.

“My degree from Marshall was a blessing because it opened the door for me to go from an enlisted petty officer to Chief Warrant Officer,” Baldwin said. “I know Marshall University was a big part of my promotion, which allowed me to continue serving in the U.S. Coast Guard for 30 years.”

Now retired and living in Raleigh, North Carolina, Baldwin said he had always wanted to dedicate more time to his writing.

“My first book, ‘Devil’s Ground,’ is a family non-fiction story about a business my father purchased in 1975 that had unusual occurrences, unexplained phenomena, death, accidents, thriller mysteries and strange happenings,” Baldwin said. “I am very grateful for my time spent at Marshall because I know earning my degree gave me the confidence to pursue my dreams. Writing this book is just one of those dreams coming to life.”

“Devil’s Ground” is available for purchase for $2.99 on Amazon or free for Kindle Prime users. Baldwin is currently writing his second non-fiction novel and expects to be finished later this year. To learn more about Baldwin and his writing, visit his author’s blog at


Photo: Oakley Dean Baldwin received his associate degree in police science from the Marshall Community College in 2000. Baldwin currently lives in Raleigh, North Carolina, but still considers himself a part of the Marshall community which he says taught him so much.