Boy Soldier: Coming of Age During World War II
It is said that in order to completely understand a man, you should probe the world as it existed when he was 19 or 20 years old - at the moment he became mature & autonomous as a man. Russell McLogan has done just that in this well-written autobiography. Drafted out of college at age 18 in 1944, he was hastily taught to fire a rifle & then sent to the Philippines as an infantry replacement. Wounded in combat, he spent 89 days in Army hospitals there. When the atomic bomb abruptly ended the war, he was returned to duty just in time to sail off to Korea. BOY SOLDIER is about a young man's coming of age during this period of tremendous historical change. It includes much well-researched history of the Army's replacement system, the liberation of the Philippines, the dropping of the atomic bombs, the American-Russian occupation of Korea, & the Army's post-war demobilization - the people, places & events that shaped a young life. Includes end notes, bibliography & index.
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