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The Ghosts of Company G

by:
Edward Ockenden (Author)

ISBN: 0-7414-6218-4 ©2011
Price: $14.95
Book Size: 5.5'' x 8.5'' , 254 pages
Category/Subject: BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / General

Bounced from Prep school, joins Army, fights in New Guinea and Philippines. Experiences close combat, friendly fire.

Abstract:
Bounced from Prep school, joins Army, fights in New Guinea and Philippines. Experiences close combat, friendly fire. Shot in battle that wins his battalion a Presidential Citation.. He sails 2,500 miles to a New Guinea hospital. Transferred to Quartermaster, he goes AWOL, flies on B-24. to rejoin his buddies still fighting. He lives with Filipinos while seeking outfit, learns where they are fighting; hitches ride from deserters. Refusing to join band, he’s tried for his life by kangaroo court. (He “knows too much.”) Readers relate to the characters, Infantry GIs, my friends, heroes, not glamour boys. When they die, readers mourn.

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Customer Reviews

  The Ghost of Company G , 09/16/2011
Reviewer: marjorie Castle
A MUST READ if you have any interest in WWII history and the truth about how battles are fought. GREAT job Mr. Ockenden!

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  Thank you Mr. Ockenden , 04/03/2013
Reviewer: Peggy Leu
I recently met Mr. Ockenden and as a lover of books he signed and gave me his book. I'm not a huge history buff and not a fan of war stories so I didn't expect a lot from this read. How wrong I was. This is a wonderful book that I wish more people new about. I've read thousands of books but this is one of those rare books that will stay with me forever. Thank you Mr. Ockenden for your service and for writing this book.

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  A soldier's vivid story , 07/29/2013
Reviewer: Hale Bradt
This book is a wonderful inside view of an Army unit that is most deserving of visibility and commendation for its efforts in Work War II. The 169th Infantry experienced discouraging incidents in Munda, Baanga, and New Guinea, but as the author makes clear, developed into a first rate fighting outfit. My Dad served with them as commander of the supporting artillery in the Solomons. I have long been interested in what it was like for the soldiers of that regiment . this author tells the story of the second battalion with skill and drama. It is overlaid with his own personal story which is almost unbelievable.

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