Forgotten Mission: The Untold Story of Augusta Force

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Stephen A. and Marcia W. Graham

List Price: $14.95
5.5" x 8.5" (13.97 x 21.59 cm)
Black & White on White paper
204 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1467977906
ISBN-10: 146797790X
BISAC: Biography & Autobiography / Religious

 
Begun in infamy, the Good War had been on for less than a year. Born in Iowa, a clean-cut all-American son of German immigrant farmers had a promising future as an investment banker in the Twin Cities. One night in June 1942, Russell Lowell Koerper, single, handsome, and self-assured, had the rug pulled out from under him. His comfortable, predictable world was about to be jettisoned as he was dropped from a C-47 into the forbidden, unknown, Jap-infested jungles of Papua New Guinea. General MacArthur had ordered a small allied force with Russ as its XO to carry out an extremely dangerous mission. 
 
Russ and Augusta Force are plunged headlong into hostile territory. Unprepared for the formidable rigors of razor sharp kunai grass, swarms of mosquitoes, impassable swamps, raging rivers filled with crocodiles, deadly malarial fever, starvation, not to mention the ever-lurking Japanese, the men are quickly overwhelmed. Nerves fray, tempers flare and mistakes are made. Facing death at every turn, the coup de grace comes when it gradually dawns on them that theirs is a forgotten mission. 
 
Caught up in the inescapable monstrosity of war and the dark underbelly of human nature, Russ’ faith is tested to the breaking point. He is forced on an inward journey to confront his own fears, insecurities and self-reliance. Witnessing both heroism and self-sacrifice throughout the ordeal, Russ learns to surrender himself to the Grace that rewards him with real friendships and, unexpectedly, even love with a wonderful Australian nurse named Bunny.