Into The Rising Sun Author:Patrick K O'Donnell Patrick O'Donnell has made a career of uncovering the hidden history of World War II by tracking down and interviewing its most elite troops: the Rangers, Airborne, Marines, and First Special Service Force, forerunners of America's Special Forces. These men saw the worst of the war's action and most of them have been reluctant to talk about it. ... more »with O'Donnell's respectful coaxing, however, they first began telling their stories through www.thedropzone.org, his award-winning Web site.
These veterans were often the first in and last out of every conflict, from Guadalcanal and Burma to the Philippines and the black sands of Iwo Jima. They faced a cruel enemy willing to try anything, including kamikaze flights and human-guided torpedoes. Over the course of the war, they spearheaded D-Day sized beach assaults, encountered cannibalism, suffered friendly-fire incidents, and endured torture as prisoners of war. Heroes among heroes, they include many recipients of the Navy Cross, the Distinguished Service Cross, the Silver Star, and other medals of battlefield valor, but none bragged about it. As one soldier put it, "When somebody gets decorated, it's because a lot of other men died."
By at last telling their stories, these men present an unvarnished look at the war on the ground, a final gift from aging warriors who have already given so much. Only through accounts such as these can the true horror of the war in the Pacific be known.« less