WILLIAM CZAKO, a young ensign from Fremont,
Ohio, wrote this letter to his sister Helen on the morning
of December 7, 1941, aboard the U.S.S. New Orleans.
As he wrote, hundreds of Japanese Zeroes were bombarding
the unsuspecting U.S. Pacific fleet in Pearl Harbor. Czako
provided his sister with a dramatic, moment-by-moment
description of what he and his fellow sailors were experiencing
on that fateful morning. The following is an exclusive
excerpt from the Simon & Schuster audiobook BEHIND
THE LINES by Andrew Carroll, read by Frederick Weller.
Purple Heart, 1945 (GLC 06567c)
Reprinted with permission from Andrew
Carroll's BEHIND THE LINES (Scribner, May
2005). For more information: www.warletters.com.