Safely Rest

Safely Rest

by David P. Colley


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From 1945 to 1950, the United States returned 178,000 dead American servicemen back home and reburied another 80,000 in overseas cemeteries at their families' request. Never before had a nation returned so many of its fallen warriors from distant battlefields. But another 78,000 servicemen were missing in action, their bodies never to be found, their families never to know the peace of closure.

Safely Rest recalls this virtually forgotten episode of WWII through the recollections of the survivors and the letters and histories of the dead themselves. It tells of those who struggled to absorb their loss and rebuild their lives-and of those who would never be able to move on.

Most memorably, it tells of Lt. Jesse D. "Red" Franks, Jr.—first reported missing, then dead, then alive-and of his extraordinarily devoted father, who gave up everything to work as a missionary in war-torn Europe for years until he discovered what truly happened to his son.

If World War II was the "Great Crusade," then its dead are the true heroes of the war. And this is their story.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780425205143
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 09/06/2005
Pages: 320
Product dimensions: 6.06(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

David P. Colley is an award-winning journalist, formerly with the Baltimore Sun, who writes frequently on military subjects for numerous national publications. He is the author of the well-received Blood for Dignity, and The Road to Victory, which won the Army Historical Foundation's Distinguished Book Award.

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Guest More than 1 year ago
David Colley does an amazing job with how he wrote the story, but the leaf of the book is misleading. I picked up the book thinking that I would learn more about the return of the American Soldiers who passed overseas, however, I found that most of the book was devoted on one family. While written well, only go into this book knowing that it is really about one family's journey and not the entire process as a whole. The few paragraphs devoted of the actual process of returning dead were stunning.... yet they left me only wanting to skim through the one family's search for their son.