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Honor Before Glory: The Epic World War II Story of the Japanese American GIs Who Rescued the Lost Battalion
     

Honor Before Glory: The Epic World War II Story of the Japanese American GIs Who Rescued the Lost Battalion

by Scott McGaugh
 

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On October 24, 1944, more than two hundred American soldiers realized they were surrounded by German infantry deep in the mountain forest of eastern France. As their dwindling food, ammunition, and medical supplies ran out, the American commanding officer turned to the 442nd Regimental Combat Team to achieve what other units had failed to do.

Honor Before

Overview

On October 24, 1944, more than two hundred American soldiers realized they were surrounded by German infantry deep in the mountain forest of eastern France. As their dwindling food, ammunition, and medical supplies ran out, the American commanding officer turned to the 442nd Regimental Combat Team to achieve what other units had failed to do.

Honor Before Glory is the story of the 442nd, a segregated unit of Japanese American citizens, commanded by white officers, that finally rescued the "lost battalion." Their unmatched courage and sacrifice under fire became legend-all the more remarkable because many of the soldiers had volunteered from prison-like "internment" camps where sentries watched their mothers and fathers from the barbed-wire perimeter.

In seven campaigns, these young Japanese American men earned more than 9,000 Purple Hearts, 6,000 Bronze and Silver Stars, and nearly two dozen Medals of Honor. The 442nd became the most decorated unit of its size in World War II: its soldiers earned 18,100 awards and decorations, more than one for every man.

Honor Before Glory is their story-a story of a young generation's fight against both the enemy and American prejudice-a story of heroism, sacrifice, and the best America has to offer.

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"The legendary courage and tenacity of the Nisei 442nd Regimental Combat Team made it the most highly decorated unit in the history of the United States Army. The sacrifice of these young Japanese American volunteer soldiers also gave poignant new meaning and irony to America's understanding of patriotism. McGaugh's accurate account will put a lump in our throat."—Pete Wilson, former governor of California

"Well-researched and riveting, Honor Before Glory is a stirring tale of how Japanese American soldiers disregarded hatred, distrust, and overt racism to serve the nation with courage, dignity, and distinction. A page-turner with both depth and emotional punch."—Stephen Harding, New York Times bestselling author of The Last Battle

"On these beautifully written pages, the desperation, terror, and trauma of the infantry soldier's wold comes to life, as does the famous story of the 'Lost Battalion' and the remarkable men of the 442nd Regimental Combat Team. A true page-turner—I could not put it down."—John C. McManus, author of The Dead and Those about to Die

"The little-known story of a segregated Japanese American unit that rescued a surrounded battalion during World War II...McGaugh captures the horror and humanity of this slog through mud, forest and unrelenting German resistance."?Shelf Awareness for Readers (starred review), 10/28/16

"Highly recommended, especially for both personal and public library American History collections."
?Midwest Book Review

"This unit is the most decorated unit for its size in American warfare history...These men are honored by this book and deserve the appreciation of this nation."
?Portland Book Review

"Follows members of the 442nd Regimental Combat Team from the United States to Europe, focusing on their rescue of the 'Lost Battalion,' the 1st Battalion of the 141st Infantry. What emerges is a crisp, hyper-focused narrative that profiles the tenacity of both groups of soldiers and their commanding officers against the brutal conditions of war in Europe...[McGaugh] writes intimately about the soldiers of the 44nd...An engrossing read. Through focusing on the 442nd and one particular rescue, McGaugh crafts a deeply personal take that highlights the personal sacrifices and brings to light one of the Japanese American wartime experiences. It reflects their legacy in the best ways."
?Japan Society of Greater Philadelphia

"A well-researched look at an important WWII battle. However, it is also much more. McGaugh's writing is solid and engaging, and he manages to bring the points of view of the American soldier, the Japanese-American soldier, and even the Germans into a much more complete picture than previously produced. This is a testament to the bravery, courage, and sacrifice of the American soldier."
?San Francisco Book Review

"A fine tribute to the hard-fighting men who were a part of the 442nd...An excellent tribute to the Japanese American soldiers who fought and died for their fellow Americans on a forgotten ridge in eastern France."?Collected Miscellany

Library Journal
10/01/2016
There are endless stories of daring and heroism from World War II. Some have received greater attention than others, but as the generation who fought the war fades into history, it is imperative that those lesser-known accounts be given their due. McGaugh (Surgeon in Blue) contributes to this cause with his latest work, detailing the rescue of 200 American soldiers in the Vosges mountains in France by the 442nd Infantry Regiment. By condensing military reports and eyewitness accounts, the author creates a suspenseful narrative that carefully recounts the actions, events, and personalities involved without bogging down the flow. More importantly, McGaugh brings to light that the 442nd was made up of volunteer Japanese American soldiers, many of whom had family quarantined in internment camps back home in the United States. He discusses briefly the lives these soldiers led after the war, in particular the vile racism and discrimination they faced. These heroes served honorably to protect the freedom of even those who dishonored them. VERDICT World War II buffs will find this book to be a satisfying read and a necessary addition to the subject's literature.—Brett Rohlwing, Milwaukee P.L.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780306824456
Publisher:
Da Capo Books
Publication date:
10/11/2016
Pages:
304
Sales rank:
126,213
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.10(d)

Meet the Author

Scott McGaugh is the author of Surgeon in Blue, a New York Times ebook bestseller, and the founding marketing director of the USS Midway Museum in San Diego. A former weekly newspaper publisher, McGaugh is now a guest lecturer at San Diego State University and has taught at the San Diego State University Writers' Conference.

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