Lost & Found brings you a small collection of short stories, birthed from the offbeat imagination of Scott Baron. Overflowing with absurdity and whimsy, these four little tales offer single-serving bites of delicious amusement. Six-year old gunslingers out for revenge. Sprawling kingdoms hidden just beneath the city. Sci-fi battles in a most unlikely environment. And an encounter with an unusual bridge troll by river’s edge.
“Scott’s stories are the quirky kind of wonderful you’d expect if Christopher Moore and S.G. Browne had a bastard love child. Except for the Y chromosome issue.” - Constantine Valhouli, producer / director - Sex, Lies, and Superheroes.
Among the recipients highlighted are: Civil War veteran Pvt. Oran Randlett, who, in 1937, received two Purple Hearts for wounds received at Chancellorsville in 1863 and Cold Harbor in 1864; Brig. Gen. Robert Frederick, who received a record eight Purple Hearts for wounds in World War II; and crew members of USS Panay, who were awarded Purple Hearts fifty-five years after the 1937 Japanese attack on their gunboat.
Evelyn M. Monahan and Rosemary Neidel-Greenlee spent fifteen years combing through archives, journals, histories, and news reports, and gathering thousands of eyewitness accounts, letters, and interviews for this unprecedented chronicle of America’s “few good women.” Women today make up more than fifteen percent of the U.S. armed forces and serve alongside men in almost every capacity. Here are the stories of the battles these women fought to march beside their brothers, their tales of courage and fortitude, of indignities endured, of injustices overcome, of the blood they’ve shed and the comrades they’ve lost, and the challenges they still face in the twenty-first century.
From the Trade Paperback edition.
COMBAT AND DEATH, SACRIFICE AND HONOR
Maurice Jacques served for thirty years with the U.S. Marine Corps, nearly six of them in combat. As an accomplished infantryman, parachutist, recon patroller, marksman, combat swimmer, and record-setting drill instructor, Jacques personifies the hard-fought, hard-won legacy of the Marines.
With the help of Bruce Norton, he recounts the lessons learned in blood and the courage tested under fire—from the razor-backed hills and icy cold of Korea to the steamy, Vietcong-infested jungles of Nam. In this tough, gripping narrative, he reveals the emotion and chaos of close combat and the sacrifice and valor that have made the Marines legendary worldwide.
During his long, dynamic career, Jacques held the position of regimental sergeant major in three different commands and was awarded two Bronze Stars and a Purple Heart. Maurice Jacques is a true warrior, as distinctive and exceptional as the Marines. He was expected to train harder, fight harder, sacrifice more, and is forever proud to be part of the pain, the pride, and the triumph that is USMC.
“Doc Norton . . . has done it again. This time, Doc has helped his old diving partner, retired Sergeant Major Maurice Jacques, turn out one of the finest military autobiographies you're ever likely to read . . . You’d be foolish to pass this one up.”—Ken Miller, vietnamgear.com