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Phantom Warrior: The Heroic True Story of Private John McKinney's One-Man Stand Against theJapane se in World War II

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This is the story of John McKinney who received the Medal of Honor for his actions against a Japanese surprise attack. On May 11, 1945, McKinney returned fire on the Japanese attacking his unit, using every available weapon-even his fists-standing alone against wave after wave of dedicated Japanese soldiers. At the end, John McKinney was alive-with over forty Japanese ...more
Paperback, 368 pages
Published July 7th 2009 by Berkley (first published August 7th 2007)
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Steve
Jan 14, 2015 Steve rated it it was amazing
An outstanding story of Private John McKinney who grew up on a farm in Georgia and joined the United States Army's 33rd Infantry Division-the Golden Cross Division. During World War II, He fought in New Guinea and Luzon, in the Philippines. It was on May 11, 1945 in Luzon where his unit was under attack by Japanese Imperial troopers. McKinney ran out of bullets and used his rifle as a club and also used his knife when his rifle broke. In the end, McKinney single handed killed at least 40 ...more
Lee
Mar 11, 2010 Lee rated it it was ok
I took a star off for a glaring historical error.

While describing the general course of the war in the Pacific, the author especially zoomed in on the Japanese nuclear weapons program, and specifically the progress of a German sub that was to carry uranium to Japan. This distracted from the flow of the book, as it had nothing to do with the fighting on Luzon. Then, when Germany surrendered, the author placed German Admiral Doenitz on board the U-234, receiving orders to surrender. Hard to beli
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Wurmo
Aug 30, 2011 Wurmo rated it really liked it
For as much history on the Pacific War as I've read over the past five years, I was surprised that I had never heard of Pvt. John McKinney's amazing story. After reading this book, however, I will never forget it. Forrest Johnson's retelling of McKinney's story -- from his childhood as a reclusive crackshot hunter to his near-miraculous tale of single-handedly killing over 140 Japanese during a surprise raid -- is handled with utmost respect and care. The details and gripping drama are certainly ...more
Tom
Sep 12, 2009 Tom rated it liked it
The idea behind this book is fascinating: a Medal of Honor winner who, during World War II, managed to kill at least 40 (and maybe as many as 140) Japanese soldiers in a single engagement of just over a half-hour without coming to any serious harm himself. The author approaches this with some great ideas, such as detailing Japanese life and culture from the time, particularly in the military, but something feels a little flat here as a history. It reads largely like a novel, and when the subject ...more
Marcus
Jun 27, 2008 Marcus rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I chilling story about a young russian law student getting drafted into Russian Army in their war against Checneya (sp). The voilent on going hazing at all levels in the Russian Army even to this day is staggering.
James
May 15, 2011 James rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Excellent book. Personal history of the war for a medal of honor recipient. A must read to expand knowledge of WW2.
Charles
May 10, 2011 Charles rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Well written book by an author who obviously spent a large amount of time and effort researching his subject. I would have loved to sit down and had a chat with mr Mckinney
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Aug 20, 2013 Joe Mezick rated it it was amazing
A humble but powerful individual - true to the core - an ideal role model for the younger generations.
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Forrest Bryant Johnson was born in Louisville, Kentucky in 1935. He acquired the nick name “Frosty” while captain of the high school swim team and continued to use that name for many years. He graduated from the University of Louisville in 1957 with degrees in psychology and chemistry, working at the YMCA in the evenings and life guarding during summer months to pay his tuition. He had planned to ...more
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