Unforgettable Men in Unforgettable Times: Stories of Honor, Courage, Commitment, and Faith from World War II

Unforgettable Men in Unforgettable Times: Stories of Honor, Courage, Commitment, and Faith from World War II

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Unforgettable Men in Unforgettable Times: Stories of Honor, Courage, Commitment, and Faith from World War II by Robert Boardman

No one can read Unforgettable Men in Unforgettable Times and not be deeply touched by feelings of patriotism and of the overwhelming presence of God--and the inevitable, intense struggle for forgiveness and reconciliation that followed. Bob Boardman was a Marine who fought in the battles of Cape Gloucester, New Britain; Peleliu; and Okinawa with the First Tank Battalion, First Marine Division. The division received three presidential unit citations. Boardman was personally decorated with the Silver star and two Purple Hearts. Now he has painstakingly researched, interviewed. and collected these stories of Marines who fought with him in that truly unforgettable war against the formidable Japanese enemy.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781579210939
Publisher: WinePress Publishing WA
Publication date: 11/28/1998
Pages: 272
Product dimensions: 6.02(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.72(d)

Table of Contents

Forewordix
Introductionxi
Author's Introductionxv
IThe Price of War
1.Unforgettable Men in Unforgettable Times21
2.Sparky29
II.War and Leaving Home . . . Guadalcanal and Australia
3."Goodbye, Dad!"37
4.The Recruiters41
5.The Name45
6.A Few Good Men49
7.Guadalcanal Machine Gunner Mitch Paige's Highest Honor53
8.I Fought the Battle of Ballarat, and Lost61
III.Our Fanatical Enemy
9.A 9,000-Mile Horseback Ride75
10.A Death That Launched Millions More79
11.Hidden in the Jungle for Twenty-Eight Years89
12.The Ultimate Apology95
IV.Peleliu . . . Island of Judgment
Introduction to Peleliu101
13.Cape Gloucester, New Britain105
14.Pavuvu, Island of Destiny113
15.A Rock Tougher than Bloody Nose Ridge117
16."Friendly" Tanks Help a Marine Pray123
17.He Died Looking Me Straight in the Eyes127
18.If Hell Had an Annex, It Was Peleliu131
19.Requiem for a Heavyweight135
20.Angels in Hell's Annex141
V.Okinawa: The Last Battle
Introduction to Okinawa163
21.Sherman Tank Rams U.S. Destroyer167
22.Sugar Loaf Hill177
23.Raise the Banner181
24.The Father's Day Massacre, 17 June 1945185
25.Three Lieutenant Generals' Appointments with Death197
VI.Reconciliations and Returns to the Battlefields
26.I Could Not Forgive Until211
27.Two Enemies Embrace One God215
28.A Battlefield and a Lily227
29.Reconciliation on Iwo Jima233
30.The Jerk237
VII.Reunions: The Semper Fidelis Spirit
31.Multiplying Faith on Iwo Jima243
32.The Fountain of Youth247
33.Of Heroes and Celebrities251
34.Abandon Tanks!255
35.Epitaphs259
Epilogue263
Acknowledgments265

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