When most history books relate the story of World War II, they do so in the most general terms statistics, strategies, and geography. Rarely do they focus on the personal stories of the everyday events in the life of a soldier on the front line, and then only in the most anecdotal way the minimal food and supplies, encounters with natives and the enemy, and the deprivations and small pleasures of being part of the overall bigger picture.
Harrison E. Lemont seeks to rectify this in Never Alone as he relates his personal experiences fighting in the battle for control of the Philippine Islands.
At the time his Army Air Corps radar unit was deployed to Leyte Gulf and Ormoc, then later to Okinawa, the tide had turned in the Pacific War and the Japanese were fighting a losing proposition. With minute detail of everything from weather conditions to chance encounters with natives and the enemy, he gives us an up-close and personal glimpse into the fighting life of the everyday soldier.
Hardcover: 102 pages Publisher: Dorrance Publishing Co. (July 2003) Language: English ISBN-10: 0805960252 ISBN-13: 978-0805960259 Shipping Weight: 12 ounces