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Bryan Bender

You Are Not Forgotten

Bryan Bender You Are Not Forgotten The Story Of A Lost World War Ii Pilot And A Twen New
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An inspiring and epic tale of loss and redemption about two American servicemen: a Marine Corps pilot who was shot down in WWII and the modern-day soldier determined to bring home his remains six decades later

Major George Eyster V comes from a long line of military officers, dating back to the Revolutionary War. Army service was George's family legacy, but his tour of duty in Iraq left him disillusioned and questioning. He was making plans to end his army career but was offered a posting to J-PAC, an elite division armed with the latest detection and forensic technology. J-PAC's sole mission is to fulfill a solemn promise at the heart of the military code: bring all fallen soldiers home to the country for which they gave their lives.

In 1944 Captain Ryan McCown, a dashing young Marine aviator assigned to the USS Nassau, was shot down over the jungles of Papua, New Guinea. McCown's diaries and letters home to his family and fiancée provide a moving, powerful portrait of the fears and costs of a very different war and underscore the pathos of the ultimate cost of duty.

Eyster's mission with J-PAC eventually took him and his team deep into the sweltering interior of New Guinea in search of McCown's remains. It would be a fraught mission, complete with tropical diseases and black magic, at the end of which Eyster would not only repatriate a fallen veteran and fulfill a promise to deliver him to his loved ones but would also uncover something lost in himself-a sense of purpose in a promise between soldiers that is still worth fighting for.

Praise for Bryan Bender's YOU ARE NOT FORGOTTEN:

""Bryan Bender has written an epic drama of the journey men make back into the world, to their families, and to themselves, after great loss. This is poignant, exhilarating storytelling, reminiscent of the wrenching -- and redemptive -- search by James Bradley for his father in Flags Of Our Fathers, and Louis Zamperini's own homecoming in Unbroken. You Are Not Forgotten is gritty and emotional, bringing to life at least two major wars and speaking as much to a World War II generation as it does to all of us, men and women, today. This gripping tale reaches across decades with this offering: ""Come home. Welcome home."" This is history and reporting at its most engrossing.""
--Doug Stanton, author of In Harm's Way and Horse Soldiers
 
“Bryan Bender’s You Are Not Forgotten is destined to be a classic. It tells an astonishing story of war, then and now, held in place by the pilot’s code. When a Charleston boy, Major Marion “Ryan” McCown, is lost during a terrible air battle over the island of New Guinea, his remains lie undiscovered on a jungle hillside until George Eyster V receives orders to find them. Ryan’s fate could have easily been that of the Great Santini; and George Eyster’s story is the story of all of us who have ever been touched by the storms of war. The morning after I finished this book, I drove to Charleston to place flowers on Ryan McCown’s grave. Bryan Bender has written a book for all seasons.”
– Pat Conroy, author of The Great Santini and Prince of Tides
 
""An amazing story of faith and redemption across the generations -- one that connects the Greatest Generation of World War II with the new Greatest Generation that has served in Iraq and Afghanistan since 9/11. It puts real meaning behind what ""leave no man behind"" means in practice to those tasked with recovering the remains of U.S. service members lost in our nation's wars.""
--Col.(Ret.) Peter Mansoor, PhD, General Raymond E. Mason, Jr. Chair of Military History, Ohio State University


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