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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. Get transcript

Purple Heart, 1945 (GLC 06567c)

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