The storm on our shores : one island, two soldiers, and the forgotten battle of World War II / Mark Obmascik.Material type: BookSeries: Thorndike Press large print nonfiction series: Publisher: Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, a part of Gale, a Cengage Company, 2019Copyright date: �2019Edition: Large print edition.Description: 407 pages (large print), 16 unnumbered pages of plates ; 23 cm.Content type: text Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 9781432866105; 1432866109.Uniform titles: In the cradle of storms. Subject(s): Tatsuguchi, Paul Nubuo -- Diaries | Laird, Dick, 1916-2005 | Japan. Rikugun -- Surgeons -- Diaries | Japan. Rikugun | Attu, Battle of (Alaska : 1943) | Attu, Battle of, Alaska, 1943 | Large type books | Surgeons | Alaska | Large type books | 1943Genre/Form: Large type books. | Diaries. | Diaries.DDC classification: 940.54/28 | B
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Includes bibliographical references (pages 399-401).
Delivery -- Love -- Homeland -- Isolation -- Conscripted -- Trapped -- Escape -- Pearl -- Conquered -- Heartsick -- Attu -- Quagmire -- Sunday -- Come On, Let's Go! -- Bushido -- Fog -- News -- Fury -- Joy and Laura -- Home -- Quest -- Deliverance -- Return.
May 1943. The Battle of Attu -- called "The Forgotten Battle" by World War II veterans -- was raging on the Aleutian island with an Arctic cold, impenetrable fog, and rocketing winds that combined to create some of the worst weather on Earth. Both American and Japanese forces were tirelessly fighting in a yearlong campaign, and both sides would suffer thousands of casualties. Included in this number was a Japanese medic whose war diary would lead a Silver Star-winning American soldier to find solace for his own tortured soul. The doctor's name was Paul Nobuo Tatsuguchi, a Hiroshima native who had graduated from college and medical school in California. He loved America, but was called to enlist in the Imperial Army of his native Japan. Heartsick, wary of war, yet devoted to Japan, Tatsuguchi performed his duties and kept a diary of events as they unfolded -- never knowing that it would be found by an American soldier named Dick Laird. Laird, a hardy, resilient underground coal miner, enlisted in the U.S. Army to escape the crushing poverty of his native Appalachia. In a devastating mountainside attack in Alaska, Laird was forced to make a fateful decision, one that saved him and his comrades, but haunted him for years. Tatsuguchi's diary was later translated and distributed among U.S. soldiers. It showed the common humanity on both sides of the battle. But it also ignited fierce controversy that is still debated today. After forty years, Laird was determined to return it to the family and find peace with Tatsuguchi's daughter, Laura Tatsuguchi Davis. Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Mark Obmascik tells the moving story of two heroes, the war that pitted them against each other, and the quest to put their past to rest.
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