Resolve: From the Jungles of WW II Bataan,The Epic Story of a Soldier, a Flag, and a Prom ise Kept

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Penguin, Nov 6, 2012 - History - 336 pages
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On April 9, 1942, thousands of U.S. soldiers surrendered as the Philippines island of Luzon fell to the Japanese. But a few hundred Americans placed their faith in their own hands and headed for the jungles.

One of them was twenty-three-year-old Clay Conner Jr., who had never even camped before . . .


The obstacles to Conner’s survival were as numerous as the enemy soldiers who ultimately put a price on his head: among them malaria, heat, jungle rot, snakes, and mosquitoes. Beyond that, the human threats of betrayal, capture, torture, and death. And, finally, he had to overcome self-doubt, struggle with the despair of burying comrades, deal with friction among his fellow American soldiers, and find a way to survive.

But if conflict reveals character, Conner showed himself to be a man apart. Inspired by an unlikely alliance with a tribe of arrow-shooting pygmies, by the words in a dog-eared New Testament, and by a tattered American flag that he vowed to someday triumphantly fly at battalion headquarters, Conner emerged victorious from the jungle—after almost three years.

Resolve is the story of an unlikely hero who never surrendered to the enemy—and of a soldier who never gave up hope.
 

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This ranks with the greatest survival stories that I have read. Conner was a green Lieutenant when he was sent to the Philippines in November, 1941. Trained as a radio operator with no combat training ... Read full review

Contents

FOREWORD
AUGUST 31 1918 TO NOVEMBER 1 1941
NOVEMBER271941 TO DECEMBER 7 1941
PERIL
The Flag
APRIL 10 1942 TO APRIL 20 1942
PURPOSE
PERSEVERANCE
PEACE
FEBRUARY 2 1945 TO FEBRUARY 9 1945
BEYOND CONNER
AUTHORS NOTES
BIBLIOGRAPHY
Copyright

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Bob Welch is the award-winning author of twelve books and the general columnist at The Register-Guard in Eugene, Oregon. He has served as an adjunct professor of journalism at the University of Oregon in Eugene, and has had articles published in such magazines as Reader’s Digest, Sports Illustrated, Runner’s World, and Los Angeles. He is the founding director of the Beachside Writers Workshop, and has enlightened thousands across the country with his inspirational speaking.

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