Fifty-Three Days on Starvation Island - John Brunning

 

Saturday May 18 at 5 PM John Brunning presents Fifty-Three Days on Starvation Island. Register to attend this free event by emailing sunriverbooks@sunriverbooks.com there will be refreshments and drawings for prizes. John Brunning is a wizard at writing fascinating histories with the vividness of a thriller while packing in a lot of historic detail.  Indestructible and Race of Aces both tell of the heroism and sacrifice of people who should not be forgotten.  In Fifty-Three Days on Starvation Island he documents a pivotal point in WWII, the Battle of the Midway and the U.S. Marines fight for Guadalcanal, nicknamed Starvation Island. The Japanese were using the Island to block supply lines to U.S. troops and had to be stopped.

Captain Marlon Carl, just a farm boy from Oregon, was one of the few to survive the Battle of Midway, most of our pilots in that fight perished.  He would continue the fight, despite knowing that a WWII pilot’s life expectancy in the Pacific theater was measured in hours not years. Major John L. Smith was tasked with leading young inexperienced pilots into battle.  Major Richard Mangrum had a family he adored in Seattle, but he put his life on the line every time he went into the air.

Our guys had only meager flight training when they climbed in the cockpit to fly into battle.   The Japanese were battle hardened, experienced, and from a culture that did not forgive defeat.  Even the aircraft was stacked against the Marines, the Japanese Zeroes were significantly superior.  The U.S. didn’t have many planes and the ones we did have were not competitive in battle.  New planes were being built, but until then our pilots were at a significant disadvantage. This is an incredible story that should not be forgotten!

Photo by Renee Brunning.

Event date: 

Saturday, May 18, 2024 - 5:00pm to 6:00pm

Event address: 

57100 Beaver Drive
#1990
Sunriver, OR 97707
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Fifty-Three Days on Starvation Island: The World War II Battle That Saved Marine Corps Aviation By John R. Bruning Cover Image
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Published: Hachette Books - May 14th, 2024

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Race of Aces: WWII's Elite Airmen and the Epic Battle to Become the Master of the Sky By John R. Bruning Cover Image
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Indestructible: One Man's Rescue Mission That Changed the Course of WWII By John R. Bruning Cover Image
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