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profiles Harley, last American pilot shot down before the cease fire; chronicles jarring evidence indicating that Hall remained alive for years after his capture; and outlines our government's humiliating response to his wife's and others' pleas to garner attention for this compelling case.
No American can read Keen's shocking book without being moved to impassioned prayer for those such as Mary Lou who have no closure and whose lives forever are devastated by a war that many would like to believe never happened.
|Product dimensions:||5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.41(d)|
|Age Range:||18 Years|
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A moving narrative of a true American Naval warrior and hero who excelled in all that he did for his fellow aviators and his country. Sadly, his government abandoned him and many others. Senators McCain and Kerry do not live by the same codes of honor and courage.
Left Alive to Die by Susan Keen is the story of Harley H. Hall, an American pilot who was shot down in the hours before the cease fire in Vietnam. His fellow pilots saw him safely parachute down and run into the woods, but what happened to him then is a mystery that has haunted his wife, Mary Lou for nearly forty years. Keen, a personal friend of the Halls, tells the story of their romance, life together, and then Mary Lou's struggle to carry on after the love of her life disappeared. The drama of the story comes from the government's refusal to follow up on intelligence about Hall's whereabouts, indeed the actual suppression of evidence that Hall and other POWs lived in Vietnam long after the war. The tragedy of this story is that the same country that Hall would have proudly died for turned its back on him. Hall, and the other POWs were not just Americans, but American heroes who gladly fought to protect the very same freedoms that they were then denied by our government's refusal to acknowledge them and bring them home. Senator Kerry and others put profit above soldier's lives. This story should outrage any American who reads it. It should also give them a twinge of fear at wondering just how far this government will go to bury its secrets and who will be collateral damage. I wish that this book had been written by a major author like Stephen Ambrose or Walter Isaacson so that it could receive the kind of attention it deserves.