Black Sheep: The Life of Pappy Boyington

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This biography details the turbulent life of Gregory Boyington, who became the top Marine ace of the Pacific. It details his turbulent early life, which included abusive parents and frequent moves, his early military career, his service with the Flying Tigers in Burma and China, his feats as a Corsair fighter pilot in the South Pacific, his time in Japanese prison camps, and his postwar career. Wukovits attempts to show that the complex Boyington excelled when others looked to him for advice, but performed ...
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Overview


This biography details the turbulent life of Gregory Boyington, who became the top Marine ace of the Pacific. It details his turbulent early life, which included abusive parents and frequent moves, his early military career, his service with the Flying Tigers in Burma and China, his feats as a Corsair fighter pilot in the South Pacific, his time in Japanese prison camps, and his postwar career. Wukovits attempts to show that the complex Boyington excelled when others looked to him for advice, but performed miserably when shunted to the sidelines. He thus amassed a spotty record with the Flying Tigers, who treated him as an outsider, but triumphed when in command of the Black Sheep Squadron, where the men considered him a teacher and leader. Many veterans either consider Boyington a hero or a villain, whereas in actuality he was a little of each.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781591149774
  • Publisher: Naval Institute Press
  • Publication date: 6/1/2011
  • Pages: 249
  • Sales rank: 969,947
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.10 (d)

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John F. Wukovits is a military expert specializing in the Pacific Theater of World War II. He is the author of many books, including Eisenhower: A Biography; Pacific Alamo: The Battle for Wake Island; One Square Mile of Hell: The Battle for Tarawa; and American Commando: Evans Carlson, His WWII Marine Raiders, and America's First Special Forces Mission. He has also written numerous articles for such publications as WWII History, Naval History, and World War II. He is a resident of Trenton, Michigan and a graduate of the University of Notre Dame,
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Table of Contents

Preface xi

Chronology xv

1 "A Chained Animal Just Striding to Get Loose" 1

2 "He Was Restless and Lonesome" 25

3 "This Was Real. This Was War" 57

4 "Only Have to Fight the Japs Now" 83

5 "I Am Going to Save You Guys" 101

6 "We Had Pride; We Had Class; and We Were Winners" 125

7 "They Can't Kill Me" 147

8 "I'll Meet You Guys in a San Diego Bar" 169

9 "I Knew Greg Boyington at His Best-in Combat" 189

Notes 209

Bibliography 225

Index 239

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