Stand Like a Man: The Story of Duke

Stand Like a Man: The Story of Duke "The Indian"

by Donna King-Nykolaycuyk


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From Donna King-Nykolaycuyk, the World War II story of Cpl. Loren Duke Abdalla.

The great-grandson of Chief Running Bull of the Yankton Sioux Tribe, Loren Duke Abdalla endured a harsh life growing up during the Great Depression. In his youth, he was a fighter, studying the techniques of boxing legend, Joe Louis. He joined the U.S. Marine Corps in 1943 and was known as "The Indian", due to his heritage.

Duke served under Colonel Chesty Puller with the 1st Regiment during World War II in the Pacific and survived the bloody Battles of Peleliu & Okinawa.

Facing civilian life, he struggled to cope with the memories of battle. Told in its honest simplicity, the story of Duke reveals a vital, personal account of a man with an indomitable spirit, seeking peace after experiencing the horrors of war. Cpl. Duke Abdalla was merited 69 years later with a review of his service for the Medal of Honor-and this is his story.

"Donna King-Nykolaycuyk's tribute to Duke through her book, Stand Like a Man is truly amazing. This book was superbly written. Schools should include this book as reading assignments so our young folks do not forget the history of that era. I would really like to see the book made into a movie one day."
-Jean Miller, Director of Development, Retired, Howe Military Academy

"Donna King-Nykolaycuyk profoundly captures Duke as a young man with a fighting spirit who became the battlefield warrior that made the Marine Corps legendary. Duke fought on beaches, jungles and hilltops against a ferocious enemy that neither gave nor took quarter. I am thankful to Donna for her devotion to Duke and for elegantly preserving the heroics of Duke "The Indian" Abdalla. I am honored to call Duke my friend."
-Richard C. Daniels, Attorney

"Donna King-Nykolaycuyk's writing about this WWII Hero is phenomenal. Duke's Battle experiences are described First Hand but what touched me most was the battle he fought when he came home with the memories of war and his price was the lost of everything, including his family. Duke's self-discipline to overcome in the years when PTSD was only talked about in whispers and his ability to overcome and do the right thing is inspiring!"
-Mick Grady, Founder-V-SPANN Veterans Special Programming American News Network

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780990962700
Publisher: King's Daughter Publishing
Publication date: 12/15/2014
Pages: 226
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.48(d)

About the Author

Donna King-Nykolaycuyk is a writer and a poet who also has an ardent love of baking and cooking. She is a member of the Chicago Writers Association and an avid reader. Though she has always had a passion for writing, Stand Like A Man is her first endeavor at writing a biographical novel. She currently resides in her home town in Illinois with her husband, Douglas, and their family.
Upon hearing the story of her husband's grandfather having been raised during the Great Depression, and then hearing how he served heroically as a Marine with Native American heritage in The Pacific Theater during World War II, she felt both challenged and compelled to write his story. She hopes she has done it justice. Please visit her website at

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