Bringing Mulligan Home: The Other Side of the Good War

Bringing Mulligan Home: The Other Side of the Good War

Dale Maharidge

Sergeant Steve Maharidge lower back from global warfare II an indignant guy. the single facts that he’d served within the Marines was once a photo of himself and a blood brother tacked to the basement wall. On one terrifyingly memorable get together his teenage son, Dale, witnessed Steve screaming on the photo: “They acknowledged I killed him! yet I didn’t kill him! It wasn’t my fault!”

After Steve died, Dale Maharidge begun a twelve-year quest to stand down his father’s wartime ghosts. He chanced on greater than dozen contributors of affection corporation, the Marine unit during which his father had served. lots of them, now of their eighties, ultimately started speaking concerning the battle. They’d by no means spoken so overtly and emotionally, even to their households. via them, Maharidge brilliantly re-creates Love Company’s battles and the battle that them domestic. moreover, Maharidge traveled to Okinawa to adventure the place the fellow in his father’s photograph died and meet the households attached to his father’s wartime souvenirs.

The survivors Dale met on each side of the Pacific Ocean reveal that wars don't finish whilst the weapons cross quiet—the scars and demons stay for many years. Bringing Mulligan Home is a narrative of fathers and sons, warfare and postwar, silence and cries at midnight. such a lot of all it's a tribute to infantrymen of all wars—past and present—and the key burdens they, and their households, needs to frequently bear.

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