Ghost Soldiers

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    RGRWJB
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    Just got done reading a new book out "Ghost Soldiers" by Hampton Sides. Its the true story of the U.S. Army 6th Ranger Bn. during WWII planning and executing the raid on the Cabanatuan Japanese POW camp. These prisoners were the survivors of the Bataan death march. It’s a typical ranger operation and makes good reading.

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    Hello and welcome RGRWJB, thanks for the info.
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    Hi RGRWJB....welcome to TFF and particularly the History Forum. If you're into Military Arms/Military History, this is the place to be! We've got a lotta people who really know there stuff around here.

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    Welcome RG...

    Yeah it's a good book, isn't it?

    We had a thread a while back that discussed it, it is a GREAT book...I liked the part where the P-61 does the aerobatics over the camp as a diversion, to make all the guards look up...so the rangers can crawl over the open ground unseen in the daylight...and it worked...and the prisoners thought it was something out of "Buck Rogers..."

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    Welcome to the site. I've not had a chance to read ghost soldiers yet.

    I am envious of you, Seattle is a great place to be. It is a beautiful city, big enough but not to big. And you have some of the most gorgeous country in the world nearby.

    This is a great site not to crowded. We could use some more military history buffs.

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    Thanks for the friendly welcome guys!

    I'm heading up to meet Ranger (Capt) Bob Prince, the assault team leader of that raid. He is pictured in the book Ghost Soldiers. He lives in the Seattle area. I am going to take another Ranger with me. Being a fellow Rangers we will all have a good time and do some push-ups for the big Ranger in the Sky.

    Have a Happy New Year

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    Gentlemen(?),
    I have just started 'Ghost Soldiers' and perhaps one of you might know the answer to the following:
    I recently watch on either the History Channel/Discovery Channel, a program called the 'Alamo Scouts', If my memory serves me correctly this was the same story. I believe in the fracas they had sent along 2 combat photographers and most of the program was actual combat footage and interviews with some of the soldiers involved on this mission. Edge of the seat informative. Does my memory serve me correctly, this is the same event-just a different title? Thanks for your time. ol' John in Hondo.

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    JRT -

    Is that "Hondo" as in texas, or "Hondo" as in New Mexico?

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    Hondo as in TEXAS!!!!!! About 40 miles west of San Antonio. We are supposed to have mild winters here, but it was down to 17.8 degrees by my thermometer and the official temp as reported was 17 degrees. OK--THATS ENOUGH OF THAT!!!!!! Its time for better weather!!!!!

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    A day with Bob prince.

    I just spent about 3 hours with Ranger Capt. Bob Prince the Assault team leader of the POW raid from the book Ghost Soldiers. He was a great guy and told me some great stories that was not in the book. He won the DSC and not the Silver Star as stated in the book. I took my picture with him and in the greatest Ranger tradition I gave him a Ranger Tab. He signed his picture in the book for me.
    I'm sure I will be back again for another talk. A hell of a great guy and Ranger.

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    Edited by: RGRWJB at: 1/4/02 10:38:30 pm

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    Fox News Channel on Cable/Satellite is going to air a program on this subject at, I believe, 7pm Central time hosted by Oliver North. This could be a **must see** for us WWII history buffs. Interviews with POW's and participants in the rescue.
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