Item # 154456.
Honor Before Glory: The Epic World War II Story of the Japanese American GIs Who Rescued the Lost Battalion
By Scott McGaugh.
On October 24, 1944, more than two hundred American soldiers realized they were surrounded by German infantry deep in the mountain forest of eastern France. As their dwindling food, ammunition, and medical supplies ran out, the American commanding officer turned to the 442nd Regimental Combat Team to achieve what other units had failed to do.
This is the story of the 442nd, a segregated unit of Japanese American citizens, commanded by white officers, that finally rescued the "lost battalion." Their unmatched courage and sacrifice under fire became legend—all the more remarkable because many of the soldiers had volunteered from American concentration camps where sentries watched their mothers and fathers from the barbed-wire perimeter.
In seven campaigns, these young Japanese American men earned more than 9,000 Purple Hearts, 6,000 Bronze and Silver Stars, and nearly two dozen Medals of Honor. The 442nd became the most decorated unit of its size in World War II: its soldiers earned 18,100 awards and decorations, more than one for every man.
Hardbound: 304 pp.