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Into the Rising Sun: In Their Own Words, World War II's Pacific Veteran by [O'Donnell, Patrick K.]
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The author of Beyond Valor offers a new collection of oral histories from veterans of the Second World War, this time from the Pacific theater. In an introduction, Patrick K. O'Donnell warns, "oral histories are perhaps the best means available to reveal the horrors and pathos of the foxhole." Indeed, several of the accounts he compiles on these pages are grisly, such as the story of Tom Lyons, stabbed in the neck by a Japanese soldier on Guadalcanal. Lyons survived, but only after being heaped on top of a pile of dead bodies. Rumors of his death reached home: "My mother got a check from my insurance company saying I was dead the same day she got a letter from me written by a nurse at a hospital in New Zealand." Combat stories abound, including a firsthand account of Gunnery Sergeant William G. Walsh jumping on a grenade to protect his squad on Iwo Jima, a feat for which he was posthumously awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor. O'Donnell organizes his material chronologically and introduces each chapter to help readers understand the context of the soldiers' individual narratives. For those who enjoy real-life war stories told from the perspective of the men who were there, Into the Rising Sun is hard to beat. --John Miller

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Ten years ago, O'Donnell, founder of the Drop Zone web site (www.thedropzone. org), began a study of the personal combat history of World War II that culminated in Beyond Valor, a work on the European theater of the war. O'Donnell now focuses on ground combat in the Pacific theater, drawing from over 800 interviews with World War II veterans. From raids on remote Japanese outposts, to the desperate fighting on Guadalcanal and in Burma, to the hellish catacombs of Iwo Jima and Okinawa, O'Donnell has assembled chilling tales told by survivors of some of the most vicious fighting in the war. These stories are organized by that campaign's many battles and end with Okinawa, the surrender of the Japanese, and the veterans' poignant, heartbreaking remembrances of friends who did not survive. Succinct historical narratives help set the stage for these eyewitness accounts, which often involve horrific tales of best friends killed, whole units decimated, and the madness of wartime atrocities. This important work preserves these veterans' shocking and moving stories for generations to come. Highly recommended. Dale Farris, Groves, TX
Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

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  • File Size: 6150 KB
  • Print Length: 322 pages
  • Publisher: Free Press (July 9, 2010)
  • Publication Date: July 13, 2010
  • Sold by: Simon and Schuster Digital Sales Inc
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003UYUU0I
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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