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Into the Rising Sun: In Their Own Words, World War II's Pacific Veterans Reveal the Heart of Combat Paperback – May 6, 2003
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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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
From Library Journal
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. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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As he got started, he discovered that there were two wars-- the Pacific war and the European war-- that were very different from each other. He wrote "Into the rising Sun" about the Pacific war and "Beyond Valor" about the European war.
This is an outstanding pair of books and gives a "boots on the ground" view of war. An excellent idea, well executed.
I take my hat off to Patrick O'Donnell for his outstanding achievement.
Mr. O'Donnell, thank you for bringing to 'life & lite' one of the greatest wars of time and introducing us to yet, more of it's 'heroes' as no other as done.
Recommend: Beyond Valor, Author Patrick O'Donnell
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