Finalist in the 2007 Benjamin Franklin Awards for Autobiography/Biography/Memoirs
"A compelling daily account of the hells of combat on Iwo Jima, 1945one of the bloodiest battles in Marine Corps history." Harlan Glenn, host, The History Channel's Mail Call
"Well worth the [time] it takes to read. When you put it down, you will have been reminded about what selfless service and courage mean." Leatherneck magazine
"The author uses a matter of fact style that both chronicles and explains the forces and context which shaped George's life and actions. Military history buffs and those interested in Americans who have especially meaningful lives will love this book." Heartland Reviews
"This well-illustrated account of the intense battle that Wahlen and his fellow Marines went through is in stark contrast to Joe Rosenthal's calm, yet heroic photo of the raising of the flag on Mount Suribachi." College and Research Library News
"Gary Toyn has effectively researched the life and heroic actions of Navy Corpsman George Wahlen, weaving the young man's personal history into a riveting and historically accurate account of his heroism at Iwo Jima." C. Douglas Sterner, founder, HomeofHeroes.com
From the Author
In typical modesty found among Medal of Honor recipients, George Wahlen chose to keep his heroic story to himself. His wife and family were generally unfamiliar with his heroics until only a few years ago. But after George was interviewed by James Bradley for the national bestseller Â"Flags of Our Fathers,Â" George resolved that he wasnÂt going to take his story to his grave. Fortunately, I came along at the right time when George was willing to tell his story. I count myself to be truly fortunate to have come to know George Wahlen. Every American should be familiar with the his story. He possesses unique qualities we all endeavor to possess.