Given Up for Dead: America's Heroic Stand at Wake Island

Given Up for Dead America s Heroic Stand at Wake Island A gripping narrative of unprecedented valor and personal courage here is the story of the first American battle of World War II the battle for Wake Island Based on firsthand accounts from long lost s

  • Title: Given Up for Dead: America's Heroic Stand at Wake Island
  • Author: Bill Sloan
  • ISBN: 9780553381948
  • Page: 177
  • Format: Paperback
  • A gripping narrative of unprecedented valor and personal courage, here is the story of the first American battle of World War II the battle for Wake Island Based on firsthand accounts from long lost survivors who have emerged to tell about it, this stirring tale of the Alamo of the Pacific will reverberate for generations to come.On December 8, 1941, just five hours afA gripping narrative of unprecedented valor and personal courage, here is the story of the first American battle of World War II the battle for Wake Island Based on firsthand accounts from long lost survivors who have emerged to tell about it, this stirring tale of the Alamo of the Pacific will reverberate for generations to come.On December 8, 1941, just five hours after the bombing of Pearl Harbor, Japanese planes attacked a remote U.S outpost in the westernmost reaches of the Pacific It was the beginning of an incredible sixteen day fight for Wake Island, a tiny but strategically valuable dot in the ocean Unprepared for the stunning assault, the small battalion was dangerously outnumbered and outgunned But they compensated with a surplus of bravery and perseverance, waging an extraordinary battle against all odds.When it was over, a few hundred American Marines, sailors, and soldiers, along with a small army of heroic civilian laborers, had repulsed enemy forces several thousand strong but it was still not enough Among the Marines was twenty year old PFC Wiley Sloman By Christmas Day, he lay semiconscious in the sand, struck by enemy fire Another day would pass before he was found stripped of his rifle and his uniform Shocked to realize he hadn t awakened to victory, Sloman wondered Had he been given up for dead and had the Marines simply given up In this riveting account, veteran journalist Bill Sloan re creates this history making battle, the crushing surrender, and the stories of the uncommonly gutsy men who fought it From the civilians who served as gunmen, medics, and even preachers, to the daily grind of life on an isolated island literally at the ends of the earth to the agony of POW camps, here we meet our heroes and confront the enemy face to face, bayonet to bayonet.

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    1. SEND MORE JAPS ENEMY ON ISLAND ISSUE IN DOUBT With Pearl Harbor shattered, the country lookedto the tiny Wake Island atoll in the far off Pacificwhere a small group of Marines stood the picketline against the might of the victorious Japanese Navy. During the 16 day siege, two of the messagesthat came from the island bolstered American morale.One early in the fight, was created almost randomly,the other at the end, was the product of carefulconsideration. Author Bill Sloan tells the tale of these [...]


    2. I purchased GEVEN UP FOR DEAD , the story of the battle for Wake Island, some time ago, and It sat on my bookshelf. I would pick it up to read, but always put it aside because some hot new novel came to hand. Sorry I waited.I regret waiting so long to read this wonderfully well written story of one of the first land island combat ( I think) in the Pacific. On that tiny hunk of coral rock, a few hundred US Marines, A small number of Marine pilots some US Naval personnel and various civilian contr [...]


    3. December 7 1941 is well-known for the day Pearl Harbor was attacked, but seldom remembered is that Wake Island was attacked on December 8. There, a small band of Marines and civilian contractors held off the attacking Japanese for 2 weeks before finally surrendering on Dec 23rd. Incredibly, they exacted a high toll in deaths and casualties, while experiencing relatively few themselves. (Sloan estimates over a thousand in the initial invasions, and that "the conquest and occupation [together] pro [...]


    4. 3.5 starsAn omnipresent viewpoint of a forgotten early battle of World War II. Sloan is a journalist/novelist who talks to various survivors and uses historical documents to piece together a cohesive, relatively objective narrative. I say relatively objective because there's some political commentary here, and I felt as if it was inserted with a lot of difficult to see through conviction. The author's view is that we should have started the Pacific front of World War II earlier, and he really le [...]


    5. This book can claim one of the best true history books to be written. Bill Sloan did an absolute amazing job at retelling the story of the brave marines, sailors, soldiers, and civilians that defended a small atoll in the middle of the pacific at the beginning of the 2nd World War. The book was so much easier to read than I expected. Typically I find historical non somewhat harder to read as the author bases the books on facts, and time lines. Although Mr. Sloan does a great job at this, he blen [...]


    6. A great military history read. This is the story of how a handful of American fighting men held off a Japanese invasion of Wake Island in the opening of World War II in the Pacific, but were ultimately directed to surrender during a second seaborne invasion. Wake Island, a cluster of three small coral islands, was targeted as part of the unprovoked attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. Because Wake Island was on the other side of the international date line, it was December 8 by their cale [...]


    7. A fast read that keeps your interest from page one.Simultaneously while pearl Harbor is attacked the Japanese also have their eyes on the small but militarily important island called wake island. Marines fighting side by side with construction workers defending it with a few planes ,a handful of pilots and a non present commander. But thankfully they are lead by a hard nose major that truly provides these men with the right stuff to fight off wave after wave of attacks by a numerical superior ar [...]


    8. A great book that depicts the little known (at least nowadays) battle over Wake Island, a small, strategically important island in the middle of the Pacific. 5 hours after the attack on Pearl Harbor, the Japanese began bombing a small American outpost on Wake Island in the 1st stage of a planned invasion. The island had a small contingent of marines and civilian contractors and the outpost was undermanned and undersupplied, with the island fortifications only partly completed. After several days [...]


    9. This nonfiction book details the struggles of a small garrison of Marines, sailors, and civilians fighting against the Japanese on Wake Island. After Pearl Harbor was bombed the next big battle site was Wake Island which is in the Pacific Ocean fairly close to Japan. It was December 8, 1941 when this U.S. outpost was attacked by the Japanese. For sixteen days the tiny group on Wake Island fought off thousands of Japanese that stormed the island. Finally, the Americans surrendered and thus began [...]


    10. An outstanding read on the Japanese invasion of Wake Island during World War II, The same month the Japanese bombed the United States Pacific base at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. Wake Island was an island in the Pacific and was a base where United States Marines and civilians were stationed at and worked there. Though they were outnumbered, The United States Marines and civilians defended the island against the Japanese. The Marines and civilians surrendered where many were taken to POW camps and many [...]


    11. A remarkable account of the battle for Wake Island in 1941. The book gave much in-depth history and context to the battle and its aftermath.Theirs is a little known chapter in the huge story of WWII.The country for a time saw the Marines fighting there as an inspiration, butthe survivors were all but forgotten when they returned from their hellish treatment in a Japanese prisoner of war camp.Whether you are a history buff or a student of WWII, this is a must read book!


    12. This was a great book. As an avid reader of military history, this is definitely one of the better books out there. It read like a movie, but it didn't sacrifice facts in order to present a better narrative. I like how he described the island before the war, and then what happened during the invasion and after the war. If you want something that is entertaining but also informative, then this is the book for you.


    13. A remarkable account of the first and one of the most overlooked battles of World War II. The battle at Wake Island served as an inspiration to an already inspired American ideology in the wake of Pearl Harbor. A very easy an inspiring read for anyone that has any interest in World War II, or American history/military history.


    14. Military history is usually something I enjoy and this one is no exception. Concurrently with this, I'm listening to The Bonfire (about the burning of Atlanta during the Civil War.) I've been on a kick lately to read about WWII from the Pacific side of the war. This was well-researched and just the kind of MH I like to read.


    15. This book reminds us what it is about America there is to be proud of which is something in this day and age. This story really blew my mind away. This is a great story of an epic struggle, about being outnumbered and still fighting against all odds. I was uplifted, on the edge of my seat, I cried. This is an incredible story of courage.


    16. I cannot recommend this book highly enough to fans of military history or WWII. This book is a detailed account of a forgotten battle.Lost in the early defeats to the Japanses in WWII is this heroic tale of a battle that could have been won, had tactical blunders not snatched defeat from the jaws of victory.


    17. OutstandingA well written and easy read. Gives you a genuine fell for what those men, or rather boys, must have gone through. Bunker hill the Alamo, pork chop hill, how proud it makes you to be an American. God bless them all. Books like this excellent tome means that they will never be forgotten.GrampyZ


    18. If only Husband Kimmel would've remained as CINCPAC just a little longer, Wake Island could have very well been America's first Victory in the Pacific War.A very detailed and compelling account of the defense of Wake. Read it.


    19. Very interesting. I knew nothing about the battle of Wake Island. Also I learned about the out dated military tactics that Japan was still teaching in their Boot Camps which would lead to so many Japaneses soldiers deaths.


    20. One of the better books on the Marine's incredible defense of Wake Island. Author Bill Sloan's interviewed most of the survivors, and he brings a wealth of detail from these Marines that will make the reader wish he was there to assist.


    21. A wonderful book about a piece of WW2 history that's been relatively forgotten. This is the story of the valiant but brief struggle of the US Navy and Marines to repel the invasion of Wake Island in the mid-Pacific. A very compelling story.


    22. Good and interesting read about the history of the battle of Wake Island in the beginning of WWII. Never heard of it? This book is great collection of personal accounts of this battle that, along with Pearl Harbor, began WWII.


    23. One of the best books I've read in the past few months! Sloan's history of Wake and its defenders is a easy, yet engaging and enjoyable, read.





    24. The book shows what real heroism is and isn't. The true facts about what happened on that small island outweigh any fiction tales.


    25. The battle for Wake Island was the first battle in the Pacific Theater of World War II. This is the story of what led up to the battle, the battle itself and the aftermath.


    26. Well written history of the first battle a small garrison of U.S. Marines, a handful of sailors and a group of civilian construction workers fought in WW II.



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