The Sky Rained Heroes: A Journey from War to Remembrance

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While Japanese and American forces fight mercilessly for control of the Philippines in 1945, two men, a Japanese infantry officer and an American P-51 fighter pilot, meet in a fearsome battle that leaves the Japanese officer dead. Half a century later, the fighter pilot's son, Frederick E. LaCroix, inherits the officer's bloodied, Kanji-inscribed Imperial battle flag, which was given to his father as a memento of his victory. The flag, coupled with his father's wartime correspondence, propels LaCroix on a ...
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Overview


While Japanese and American forces fight mercilessly for control of the Philippines in 1945, two men, a Japanese infantry officer and an American P-51 fighter pilot, meet in a fearsome battle that leaves the Japanese officer dead. Half a century later, the fighter pilot's son, Frederick E. LaCroix, inherits the officer's bloodied, Kanji-inscribed Imperial battle flag, which was given to his father as a memento of his victory. The flag, coupled with his father's wartime correspondence, propels LaCroix on a six-year journey across eastern Asia to find the dead officer's family and return the flag.The Sky Rained Heroes details the emotional true stories of two soldiers from vastly different cultures, their families and the diverse paths that led them to their fatal meeting. Drawing from their actual wartime experiences, LaCroix crafts a unique and powerful narrative that brings the dramatic events of World War II to life and honors those who fought so bravely.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780982160138
  • Publisher: Synergy Books
  • Publication date: 5/1/2009
  • Pages: 296
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.20 (d)

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For over twenty years, Frederick E. LaCroix, the son of a World War II fighter pilot who fought in the Pacific theater, has lived in and traveled throughout Asia, where he works to create new economic and educational opportunities in the Asian countryside. He is currently the Chairman and CEO of The PowerSource Group LLC and resides in the Philippines.
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Table of Contents

Part I Brave Men and Valorous ix

1 The Splendor and the Grief 1

2 All Discord, Harmony 3

3 "And Time Remembered Is Grief Forgotten" 6

4 A Pantheon of Heroes 8

Part II Before the Flood 11

5 The Awakening 13

6 The Shantyman's Dream 16

7 3,000 Slaps 20

8 The Devil and the Buddha 28

9 A Life Ordained 32

10 The Solitude of Service 36

11 The Weft of the Faithful 39

12 The Diminishing Light 42

Part III The Sky Rained Heroes 47

13 Unknowable Fear, Unrealizable Hope 49

14 A Thousand Ghostly Fears 53

15 The Unbearable Lightness of Felicity 56

16 Pax Britannica, Pax Japonica 60

17 Yin & Yang United 69

18 Symphonie Improvisation 76

19 "Thanks to the Soldiers, Thanks to the Soldiers" 108

20 Symphonie Improvisation-Reprise 114

21 Shipping Out 127

22 Damn Fools and Their Flying Machines 132

23 Too Little Too Late 148

24 The Minderbinder Equilibrium 153

25 "Gem of the Sea of the Orient" 158

26 The Sky Rained Heroes 172

27 The Caterpillar Club 188

28 A Peculiar Humor 196

29 A Happy Prince of Serendip 210

30 The Human Remains Highway 213

31 "Namu-Amida-Butsu" 218

Part IV The Prism of Memory 235

32 Inveterate Scars 237

33 Saipan-The Servitude of Memory 243

34 Yasukuni-The Dissonance of Memory 247

35 A Gleam in the Mists 251

Afterword 257

Acknowledgments 259

Selected Bibliography 261

Endnotes 265

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