W0w!! The Ghost Soldiers story was told--re-enacted-- on an American Experience episode om PBS. In trying to referesh my memory as to where I saw it, I discovered that Spielberg is making a movie based on the book. There was also a book Three Came Home, about an English woman, her son, and her husband who were captured by the Japanese and interned in a concentration camp. I know I saw the movie, which was wonderful. I thought I'd also read the book, but reading a reader's review in Amazon I don't remember the "descriptive and flowery" parts or the racist comments. It does describe in a way that will stay with you what they went through in the camp--at least the movie does. I still have the images over 50 years later. Cindy --- talmage@xxxxxxxxxx wrote: > > When I was young and more foolish, I was in the 2nd > Ranger Battalion > 75th Airborne Infantry at Fort Lewis, Washington. > Well, maybe not more foolish, but certainly younger. > They always made a point of instilling a sense of > history into the > unit's members, and Rogers was the starting point > for the trips down > memory lane. 2 other units that also featured > prominently, were > Merrill's Marauders and Darby's Rangers, both of > World War II vintage. > A few books already in the Bookshare collection are: > Ghost Soldiers > by > Hampton Sides > Darby's Rangers: We Led The Way > by > William O. Darby and William H. Baumer > Black Hawk Down > by > Mark Bowden > > I haven't included the synopsis for Darby's Rangers, > as it is quite > brief, nor the one for Black Hawk Down, as after the > movie most > people are familiar with its subject, but here's the > one for Ghost Soldiers. > > The Bataan Death March was just the beginning of the > woes American > soldiers captured by the Japanese army in the > Philippines had to > endure. The survivors > of the march faced not only their captors' regular > brutality (having > surrendered, they were considered to be less than > honorable foes), > but also a host > of illnesses such as dysentery and malaria. For > three years these > "ghost soldiers" lived in misery, suffering terrible > losses. > > When Army Rangers among Douglas MacArthur's forces > arrived in the > Philippines, they hatched a daring plan to liberate > their captured > comrades, a mission > that, if successful, would prove to be a tremendous > morale booster at > the front and at home. Led by a young officer named > Henry Mucci > (called "Little MacArthur" > for his constant pipe as well as his brilliance as a > strategist), a > combined Ranger and Filipino guerrilla force > penetrated far behind > enemy lines, attacked > Japanese forces guarding Allied prisoners at a > jungle outpost called > Cabanatuan, and shepherded hundreds of prisoners to > safety, with an > angry Japanese > army in hot pursuit. Amazingly, they suffered only > light casualties. > > In Ghost Soldiers , journalist Hampton Sides > recounts that daring > rescue, once known to every American schoolchild but > now long > forgotten. A gifted storyteller, > Sides packs his narrative with detailed descriptions > of the principal > actors on both sides of the struggle and with > moments of danger and > exhilaration. > Thrilling from start to finish, his book celebrates > the heroism of > hundreds of warriors and brings renewed attention to > one of the > Rangers' finest hours. > > > At 12:02 AM 3/20/2007, you wrote: > >Fascinating!! Where did you get this? Were you a > >ranger or special forces? > > > >Cindy > > > > > > > >____________________________________________________________________________________ > >Bored stiff? Loosen up... > >Download and play hundreds of games for free on > Yahoo! Games. > >http://games.yahoo.com/games/front > >To unsubscribe from this list, send a blank Email > to > >bookshare-discuss-request@xxxxxxxxxxxxx > > Put the word 'unsubscribe' by itself in the > Subject line. To get > > a list of available commands, put the word 'help' > by itself in the > > subject line. > > > To unsubscribe from this list, send a blank Email to > > bookshare-discuss-request@xxxxxxxxxxxxx > Put the word 'unsubscribe' by itself in the > Subject line. To get a list of available commands, > put the word 'help' by itself in the subject line. > > ____________________________________________________________________________________ Sucker-punch spam with award-winning protection. Try the free Yahoo! Mail Beta. http://advision.webevents.yahoo.com/mailbeta/features_spam.html To unsubscribe from this list, send a blank Email to bookshare-discuss-request@xxxxxxxxxxxxx Put the word 'unsubscribe' by itself in the Subject line. To get a list of available commands, put the word 'help' by itself in the subject line.