When you are young and Memorial Day rolls around, you are oblivious to what the extra day off of school and impromptu cookout means. However, the older you get, the more you understand the actual signification of the holiday, to remember and honor those who have fallen in war. It is quite hard to imagine what it would be like going through such a horrendous experience. Perhaps that’s why we are so captivated by war memoirs, because those powerful words are the closest most of us will ever come to being faced with such fear and terror.
Every military experience is different and each new war book helps us to understand that. Here are a few from the eMedia Catalog to get you started.
Author James Bradley has captured the glory, the triumph, the heartbreak, and the legacy of the six men who raised the flag at Iwo Jima in Flags of Our Fathers. Here is the true story behind the immortal photograph that has come to symbolize the courage and indomitable will of America.
Robert Leckie a young U.S. Marine fought in the Pacific during World War II and is the bestselling author of Helmet for My Pillow, has written a thrilling account of the battle for Iwo Jima and of the Americans who fought for every bloody inch of the island. He also presents the story of the Japanese commander and the men in his command and their desperate “last stand” defense of the island.
Newly released title Vanished, tells the story of a massive American bomber carrying eleven men vanishing over the Pacific islands of Palau in 1944, leaving a trail of mysteries. In this spellbinding narrative, Wil S. Hylton weaves together the true story of the missing men, their final mission, the families they left behind, and the real reason their disappearance remained shrouded in secrecy for so long.
And then there’s WAR by Sebastian Junger. This critically acclaimed book details the Junger’s 14-month experience following a platoon in Afghanistan and aims to uncover the truths of war.
Will the average person ever really understand what it’s like to be dropped in a foreign land and told to fight for their life? The only real way to discover the truth is to experience it for yourself, and if not, read about it and honor the memory of those who so bravely fought for the country.
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