(The book) focuses on Wyler, the first Cherokee to graduate from West Point Military Academy, as he strives to lead his men honorably and bravely.
MILLS RIVER, N.C. –
(PRWEB) May 01, 2012 -- This historic novel based on a real incident and set during the war in the Philippines from 1899 to 1902, tells its story through the eyes of Company C, Ninth Infantry, commanded by Capt. Littleton Wyler. The company was stationed at a small village on Samar, an island about 400 miles south of Manila, the nation’s capital. On Sept. 29, 1901, hundreds of Filipino rebels attacked the garrison. The U.S. military responded by sending thousands of troops to Samar who burned villages, killed livestock and destroyed crops, the story notes, rounding up peasants and fishermen and putting them in concentration camps.
“Twice Honored: The Legend of Captain Littleton Wyler” focuses on Wyler, the first Cherokee to graduate from West Point Military Academy, as he strives to lead his men honorably and bravely. After serving on Major General Arthur MacArthur’s staff in Manila pushing papers, he’s ready to return to his company and more direct action. The brutal attack on the 100-man garrison in Balangiga, described in realistic detail, fans the flames of the conflict between Filipino rebels and U.S. soldiers. Wyler’s Cherokee intuition helps him in the battle for survival against crafty guerilla fighters, but he feels torn between protecting U.S. interests and his empathy for Filipino peasants. Due to exceptional valor during his time in the Philippines, he earned two Congressional Medals of Honor.
The issues raised in this fact-based novel, set just after the Spanish-American War, echo concerns today about U.S. involvement in conflicts in the Middle East and the struggles for democracy taking place around the world.
Author Kenneth R. Young specialized in U.S. military and diplomatic actions in Asia when he was professor of history at Western Connecticut State University. He was a Fulbright scholar to the Philippines in 1979. Young also wrote the biography “The General’s General: The Life and Times of Lt. General Arthur MacArthur.”
For additional information, please visit http://www.kennethryoung.com.
Twice Honored: The Legend of Captain Littleton Wyler
Kenneth R. Young
Dog Ear Publishing
ISBN: 978-1-4575-0591-1 244 pages $14.99 US
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