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About Scott McGaugh
New York Times bestselling author Scott McGaugh is the founding (2004) marketing director of the USS Midway Museum in San Diego. He has played a key role in making the Midway the most-visited historic naval ship museum in America. His Civil War biography, Surgeon in Blue, was a New York Times bestseller. His latest book, Honor Before Glory, is a riveting rescue mission by Japanese American soldiers in rugged French mountains in World War II. Remarkably, they were volunteers from internment camps and Hawaii. Scott is a master storyteller, profiling American heroes in the finest American Spirit.
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Honor Before Glory 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 prison-like "internment" 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.
Honor Before Glory is their story-a story of a young generation's fight against both the enemy and American prejudice-a story of heroism, sacrifice, and the best America has to offer.
Jonathan Letterman was an outpost medical officer serving in Indian country in the years before the Civil War, responsible for the care of just hundreds of men. But when he was appointed the chief medical officer for the Army of the Potomac, he revolutionized combat medicine over the course of four major battles—Antietam, Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, and Gettysburg—that produced unprecedented numbers of casualties.
He made battlefield survival possible by creating the first organized ambulance corps and a more effective field hospital system. He imposed medical professionalism on a chaotic battlefield. Where before 20 percent of the men were unfit to fight because of disease, squalid conditions, and poor nutrition, he improved health and combat readiness by pioneering hygiene and diet standards. Based on original research, and with stirring accounts of battle and the struggle to invent and supply adequate care during impossible conditions, this new biography recounts Letterman’s life from his small-town Pennsylvania beginnings to his trailblazing wartime years and his subsequent life as a wildcatter and the medical examiner of San Francisco. At last, here is the missing portrait of a key figure of Civil War history and military medicine. His principles of battlefield care continue to be taught to military commanders and first responders.
“With sensitivity and insight, Scott McGaugh presents the story of this fascinating figure and his legacy.” —James M. McPherson
"As the captain of the USS Midway I was never more proud of the young men, mostly teenagers, under my command. USS Midway: America's Shield tells their story, straight from the flight deck. It's real American history everyone should know."—;Rear Adm. Riley Mixson, U.S. Navy (ret.), former captain, USS Midway
"USS Midway: America's Shield carries the reader along from one great event of the latter twentieth century to another. An odyssey fueled by remarkable young men from every corner of America. An inspiration to us all!"—;Lou Reda, documentary filmmaker, History Channel
The USS Midway first set sail in 1945 with thousands of young men on board. By the time it made its final return to port in 1992, approximately 200,000 Americans had served on the carrier. During those years, the crew—;whose average age was nineteen—;witnessed significant world affairs, such as Cold War espionage missions, an attack by an Israeli aircraft, confrontations with Mao Tse-tung, and the liberation of Kuwait.
Beginning with World War II, this collection of memoirs chronicles individual accounts of sailors who served on the Midway. All of the stories offer a glimpse into the early days of the sailors' lives and detail the contributions that they made at sea. This collective biography relates their compelling tales of empowerment and optimism, while presenting America's past. One hundred pictures provide a visual reference.