Retired Air Force Colonel Pens a Tribute to American POWs in Korea

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New book is a gripping memoir of a POW Commander and his fellow prisoners.

The most forgotten men in the “Forgotten War” were the American POWs, especially those who endured captivity during the early months of the Korean Conflict. Most were subjected to unspeakable horrors and extreme deprivations. Few survived.

This book, The Major, tells the story of several hundred Americans and their senior officer in charge who struggled to maintain their human dignity under brutal conditions while trying to make their way home to those they loved. This historically accurate tale takes place before American servicemen were trained to cope with starvation and torture and prior to “The Code of Conduct” becoming the standard by which American POWs would be judged.

The reader will discover the fact that the fatality rate of American POWs in Korea was higher than any other war in American history. And the POWs under the leadership of “The Major” were abused and murdered way beyond any other military group of Americans under North Korean captivity. It is past time that more Americans learn about the extraordinary sacrifices of these forgotten men. You will never regret meeting “The Major” and the men he commanded and served.

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About the Author

Tom McDaniel grew up in Williamsburg, Virginia. He graduated form York High School and the United States Air Force Academy. His college degrees are in psychology, logistics management and international relations. He is a retired Air Force Colonel, who held key policy positions within NATO and the Joint Chiefs of Staff. He has been a ghostwriter for numerous flag officers and the principal author of Combat Support Doctrine and the Commander’s Handbook for an Effects-Based Approach to Joint Operations. The greatest satisfaction in life for both him and his high school sweetheart and wife, Lindy, comes from their strong and active relationship with their children—Laura, Anne, Michael and Matthew.

The Major, The Senior Officer in Charge: Commanding Fellow Prisoners of War
by W. Thomas McDaniel Jr.
Publication Date: July 26, 2011
Trade Paperback; $19.99; 377 pages; 978-1-4628-2984-2
Trade Hardback; $29.99; 377 pages; 978-1-4628-2985-9
eBook; $9.99; 978-1-4628-2986-6

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