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Leave No Brother Behind: A Sister's War Memoir Paperback – September 15, 2010
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Here Jan Christian, a Unitarian Universalist minister, chronicles the journey of her own grief since learning of the death of her brother, 2nd Lt. Robert M. Christian, Jr., U.S. Marine Corps, and in so doing provides a valuable template for all of us who grieve the death or severe injury of a loved one.
Our leaders and Hollywood have sanitized death and extolled heroism for far too long. They hide the costs of war. Our politicians have not allowed us to see the many flag draped caskets returning from Iraq or Afghanistan. In Hollywood, the hero fights a fierce battle, with many painless deaths around him, but ultimately wins the day and goes off to live happily ever after with the girl. But life isn't like that. The pain never dies, but Leave No Brother Behind tells us that love too is immortal.
Jan's book is filled with wisdom. She undertook her journey of grief nearly 40 years after Bob Christian, her older brother, was killed in action on April 11, 1969. She wanted to know whether any of the Marines, who served with her brother, remembered him and his sacrifice. She visited Vietnam, both the place where Bob died and present day Hanoi. She and her son met some of the men, who had battled for their homeland.Read more ›