The Last Men in the Last Battles of World War II

From Pearl Harbor to Hiroshima Via Guadalcanal, Peleliu, Iwo Jima, and Okinawa

by Joe B. Keys & Ted R. Keys



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 3/12/2020

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 386
ISBN : 9781480887916
Format : E-Book
Dimensions : N/A
Page Count : 386
ISBN : 9781480887923

About the Book

Welcome to a meeting with The Last Men in the Last Battles of World War II. Travel with them as they scale enemy escarpments, attack heavily armed caves and fly in cockpits against Kamikazes, visit them on Pearl Harbor, Guadalcanal, Peliliu, Iwo Jima, and Okinawa, and learn why Admiral Nimitz said, “Among these men uncommon valor was a common virtue.” This book presents selected stories about thousands of Army Infantry, Sailors, Pilots and Marines who fought a brutal enemy. Hear Chaplain Sydney Wood-Cahusac say of those who did not return “Immortality is not our gift to give, but we can recall them as individuals, as human beings, as friends and not just as number.” The Keys, through personal interviews with eleven of these men, their sons, or best friends, have captured stories that present them as real persons with feelings about the war, the enemy and their buddies wounded and dying nearby. Read stories of how Sergeant Major Hank Clark led others to save New Zealand and how Mustang pilot Bill Stringer downed three enemy planes, though badly wounded while sleeping in his cockpit. Some Cam Home captures stories about the men’s families, jobs, joys, and problems after returning home.

About the Author

Joe B. Keys has been a Marine, a claims adjustor, an accountant, a professor, a university administrator, consultant, founder of a national association, editor of several professional journals and a minister. He studied at Tennessee, then Vanderbilt, and completed a PH.D at the University of Oklahoma. He served later as a Visiting Scholar at MIT. He is the author of twelve other books. Ted Keys, co-author and son, has worked as a journalist, editor, web publisher, and in the fields of telecommunication and corporate consulting. Ted is an avid teacher, writer, public speaker, and student of history.