[bookshare-discuss] Re: Rangers

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
> >
> >
> >
>
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