Bringing Mulligan Home: The Other Side of the Good War
Title: Bringing Mulligan Home: The Other Side of the Good War
Author: Dale Maharidge
HISTORY MILITARY WW2 MAH
After his father dies, a journalist embarks on a quest to understand why his father was always fascinated by a photograph of himself and another soldier taken on Okinawa, and why the man never spoke of his war experiences.
After Steve died, Dale Maharidge began a twelve-year quest to face down his father’s wartime ghosts. He found more than two dozen members of Love Company, the Marine unit in which his father had served. Many of them, now in their eighties, finally began talking about the war. They’d never spoken so openly and emotionally, even to their families. Through them, Maharidge brilliantly re-creates Love Company’s battles and the war that followed them home. In addition, Maharidge traveled to Okinawa to experience where the man in his father’s picture died and meet the families connected to his father’s wartime souvenirs.
The survivors Dale met on both sides of the Pacific Ocean demonstrate that wars do not end when the guns go quietthe scars and demons remain for decades. Bringing Mulligan Home is a story of fathers and sons, war and postwar, silence and cries in the dark. Most of all it is a tribute to soldiers of all warspast and presentand the secret burdens they, and their families, must often bear.