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and#147;A wonderful American story of the extraordinary sacrifices made by a group of Mexican Americans . . . A shining example of patriotism at its best.and#8221;and#151;Former U.S. Representative Tom Railsback

They came from one street, but death found them in many places. . . in a distant jungle, a frozen forest, and trapped in the flaming wreckage of a bomber blown from the sky. They all came from a single street in Silvis, Illinois, a dirt road barely a block and a half long, with an unparalleled history.

The Mexican-American families who lived on that one street sent fifty-seven of their children to fight in World War II and Koreaand#151;more than any other place that size anywhere in the country. Eight of those children died. Itand#8217;s a distinction recognized by the Department of Defense, one that earned that strip a distinguished name: Hero Street.

This is the story of those brave men and their families, how they fought both in battle and to be accepted in a society that remained biased against them even after they returned home as heroes. Based on interviews with relatives, friends, and soldiers who served alongside the men, as well as personal letters and photographs, The Ghosts of Hero Street is the compelling and inspiring account of a street of soldiersand#151;and menand#151;who would not be denied their dignity or their honor.

INCLUDES PHOTOS

Synopsis:

In 1944, the U.S. Marines were building the 5th Marine Divisionandmdash;also known as andldquo;The Spearheadandrdquo;andmdash;in preparation for the invasion of the small, Japanese-held island of Iwo Jima. . .and#160;

When Chuck Tatum began Marine boot camp, he was just a smart-aleck teenager eager to serve his country. Little did he know that he would be training under a living legend of the Corpsandmdash;Medal of Honor recipient John Basilone, who had almost single-handedly fought off a Japanese force of three thousand on Guadalcanal.

It was from Basilone and other sergeants that Tatum would learn how to fight like a Marine and act like a manandmdash;skills he would need when he hit the black sand of Iwo Jima with thirty thousand other Marines.

Red Blood, Black Sand is the story of Chuckandrsquo;s two weeks in hell, where he would watch his hero, Basilone, fall, where the enemy stalked the night, where snipers haunted the day, and where Chuck would see his friends whittled away in an eardrum-shattering, earth-shaking, meat grinder of a battle.

This is the island, the heroes, and the tragedy of Iwo Jima, through the eyes of the battleandrsquo;s greatest living storyteller, Chuck Tatum.

Synopsis:

In 1944, the U.S. Marines were building the 5th Marine Divisionandmdash;also known as andldquo;The Spearheadandrdquo;andmdash;in preparation for the invasion of the small, Japanese-held island of Iwo Jima. . .and#160;

When Chuck Tatum began Marine boot camp, he was just a smart-aleck teenager eager to serve his country. Little did he know that he would be training under a living legend of the Corpsandmdash;Medal of Honor recipient John Basilone, who had almost single-handedly fought off a Japanese force of three thousand on Guadalcanal.

It was from Basilone and other sergeants that Tatum would learn how to fight like a Marine and act like a manandmdash;skills he would need when he hit the black sand of Iwo Jima with thirty thousand other Marines.

Red Blood, Black Sand is the story of Chuckandrsquo;s two weeks in hell, where he would watch his hero, Basilone, fall, where the enemy stalked the night, where snipers haunted the day, and where Chuck would see his friends whittled away in an eardrum-shattering, earth-shaking, meat grinder of a battle.

This is the island, the heroes, and the tragedy of Iwo Jima, through the eyes of the battleandrsquo;s greatest living storyteller, Chuck Tatum.

About the Author

Chester Nez is a World War II veteran who indispensably served his country as a Navajo code talker.

Judith Schiess Avila is a code talker scholar with the New Mexico Endowment for the Humanities Chautauqua Program. She tours the state giving presentations on the topic. She and Chester have been friends since 2007.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780425247853
Author:
Nez, Chester
Publisher:
Berkley Caliber
Author:
Avila, Judith Schiess
Author:
Tatum, Chuck
Author:
Schiess Avila, Judith
Author:
Meller, William F.
Author:
Harrison, Carlos
Subject:
Military - General
Subject:
Biography - General
Subject:
Military - World War II
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20120831
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Illustrations:
+16-page photo inserts
Pages:
368
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in 1 lb
Age Level:
from 18

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"Synopsis" by ,
In 1944, the U.S. Marines were building the 5th Marine Divisionandmdash;also known as andldquo;The Spearheadandrdquo;andmdash;in preparation for the invasion of the small, Japanese-held island of Iwo Jima. . .and#160;

When Chuck Tatum began Marine boot camp, he was just a smart-aleck teenager eager to serve his country. Little did he know that he would be training under a living legend of the Corpsandmdash;Medal of Honor recipient John Basilone, who had almost single-handedly fought off a Japanese force of three thousand on Guadalcanal.

It was from Basilone and other sergeants that Tatum would learn how to fight like a Marine and act like a manandmdash;skills he would need when he hit the black sand of Iwo Jima with thirty thousand other Marines.

Red Blood, Black Sand is the story of Chuckandrsquo;s two weeks in hell, where he would watch his hero, Basilone, fall, where the enemy stalked the night, where snipers haunted the day, and where Chuck would see his friends whittled away in an eardrum-shattering, earth-shaking, meat grinder of a battle.

This is the island, the heroes, and the tragedy of Iwo Jima, through the eyes of the battleandrsquo;s greatest living storyteller, Chuck Tatum.

"Synopsis" by ,
In 1944, the U.S. Marines were building the 5th Marine Divisionandmdash;also known as andldquo;The Spearheadandrdquo;andmdash;in preparation for the invasion of the small, Japanese-held island of Iwo Jima. . .and#160;

When Chuck Tatum began Marine boot camp, he was just a smart-aleck teenager eager to serve his country. Little did he know that he would be training under a living legend of the Corpsandmdash;Medal of Honor recipient John Basilone, who had almost single-handedly fought off a Japanese force of three thousand on Guadalcanal.

It was from Basilone and other sergeants that Tatum would learn how to fight like a Marine and act like a manandmdash;skills he would need when he hit the black sand of Iwo Jima with thirty thousand other Marines.

Red Blood, Black Sand is the story of Chuckandrsquo;s two weeks in hell, where he would watch his hero, Basilone, fall, where the enemy stalked the night, where snipers haunted the day, and where Chuck would see his friends whittled away in an eardrum-shattering, earth-shaking, meat grinder of a battle.

This is the island, the heroes, and the tragedy of Iwo Jima, through the eyes of the battleandrsquo;s greatest living storyteller, Chuck Tatum.

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