Bringing Mulligan Home: The Other Side of the Good War by Dale Maharidge

By Dale Maharidge

Sergeant Steve Maharidge lower back from international warfare II an offended guy. the single proof that he’d served within the Marines used to be a photo of himself and a blood brother tacked to the basement wall. On one terrifyingly memorable celebration his teenage son, Dale, witnessed Steve screaming on the picture: “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 discovered greater than dozen individuals of affection corporation, the Marine unit within which his father had served. a lot of them, now of their eighties, ultimately all started speaking in regards to the warfare. 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 conflict that them domestic. furthermore, Maharidge traveled to Okinawa to adventure the place the guy in his father’s photograph died and meet the households hooked up to his father’s wartime souvenirs.

The survivors Dale met on either side of the Pacific Ocean show that wars don't finish while the weapons pass quiet— the scars and demons stay for many years. Bringing Mulligan Home is a narrative of fathers and sons, struggle 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 usually bear.

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