TO HELL AND BACK
For the U.S., Guadalcanal was a bloody seven-month struggle under brutal conditions against crack Japanese troops deeply entrenched and determined to fight to the death. For Charles Walker, this horrific jungle battle–one that claimed the lives of 1,600 Americans and more than 23,000 Japanese–was just the beginning. On the eve of battle, 2nd Lt. Walker was ordered back to the States for medical reasons. But there was a war to be won, and he had no intention of missing it.
In this devastatingly powerful memoir, Walker captures the conflict in all its horror, chaos, and heroism: the hunger, the heat, the deafening explosions and stench of death, the constant fear broken by moments of sheer terror. This is the gripping tale of the brave young American men who fought with tremendous courage in appalling conditions, willing to sacrifice everything for their country.
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by William A. Foley Jr.
BEHIND HITLER’S LINES
The True Story of the Only Soldier to Fight for Both America and the Soviet Union in World War II
by Thomas H. Taylor
NO BENDED KNEE
The Battle for Guadalcanal
by Gen. Merrill B. Twining, USMC (Ret.)
ALL THE WAY TO BERLIN
A Paratrooper at War in Europe
by James Megellas
About the Author
Walker remained in the Army Reserves after serving in World War II. He spent ten years as a bush pilot in Ontario, Canada, before returning to the United States and serving for twelve years as a county commissioner. Now retired, Walker concentrates on writing historically accurate stories about the military and pioneering.
"Brutally candid and keen observations of fighting a determined foe in dense, malaria-ridden jungles dominate this book. This action-packed memoir details the challenges of small unit leadership in combat and the horror, savagery, and chaos of war."