Image: Two dead Japanese soldiers in a water-filled shell hole somewhere in New Guinea, 1943.
You Are Not Forgotten: 1 of 2: The Story of a Lost World War II Pilot and a Twenty-First-Century Soldier's Mission to Bring Him Home, by Bryan Bender
In 1944 Major Marion “Ryan” McCown Jr., an earnest young Marine Corps pilot, came under attack by enemy fire and went down with his plane, lost to the dense jungle of Papua New Guinea. Some sixty years later, Major George Eyster V would find himself in the same sweltering and nearly impenetrable rain forest searching for evidence of MIAs. Coming from a long line of military officers dating back to the Revolutionary War, Eyster had a family legacy of army service. After a disillusioning tour of duty in Iraq and almost ending his army career, he accepted a posting to JPAC instead, an elite division whose sole mission is to bring all fallen soldiers home to the country for which they gave their lives. While Eyster’s search for McCown proves difficult, what emerges at the end of the unforgettable mission is an inspiring, true tale of loss and redemption.