Black Sheep: The Life of Pappy Boyington

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Naval Institute Press, 2011 - Biography & Autobiography - 249 pages
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This biography details the turbulent life of Gregory Boyington, who became the top Marine ace of the Pacific. It details his turbulent early life, which included abusive parents and frequent moves, his early military career, his service with the Flying Tigers in Burma and China, his feats as a Corsair fighter pilot in the South Pacific, his time in Japanese prison camps, and his postwar career. Wukovits attempts to show that the complex Boyington excelled when others looked to him for advice, but performed miserably when shunted to the sidelines. He thus amassed a spotty record with the Flying Tigers, who treated him as an outsider, but triumphed when in command of the Black Sheep Squadron, where the men considered him a teacher and leader. Many veterans either consider Boyington a hero or a villain, whereas in actuality he was a little of each.

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Good read. His life with abusive parents to his own alcholosim. It also tells of the great pilot he was and the sad end to his life. Read full review


Chapter One A Chained Animal Just Striding to Get Loose
Chapter Two He Was Restless and Lonesome
Chapter Three This Was Real This Was War
Chapter Four Only Have to Fight the Japs Now
Chapter Five I Am Going to Save You Guys
Chapter Six We Had Pride We Had Class and We Were Winners
Chapter Seven They Cant Kill Me
Chapter Eight Ill Meet You Guys in a San Diego Bar
Chapter Nine I Knew Greg Boyington at His Bestin Combat
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John F. Wukovits is a military expert specializing in the Pacific Theater of World War II. He is the author of many books, including Eisenhower: A Biography; Pacific Alamo: The Battle for Wake Island; One Square Mile of Hell: The Battle for Tarawa; and American Commando: Evans Carlson, His WWII Marine Raiders, and America's First Special Forces Mission. He has also written numerous articles for such publications as WWII History, Naval History, and World War II. He is a resident of Trenton, Michigan and a graduate of the University of Notre Dame,

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