An old soldier s last request spirals into a worldwide search to recover the remains of seven missing paratroopers from World War II. A four-person military and civilian team volunteer to conduct the investigation. Their only clue is a list of names. Their only motivation is to give closure to the families. Or is there some other unknown objective in play?
What seems like a difficult but straightforward task suddenly becomes fraught with bombshell surprises. The Department of Defense refuses to cooperate. Evidence of a likely conspiracy and cover-up at the highest echelons of the Army is discovered. The taint of ethnic discrimination becomes more apparent as they delve into the investigation.
Most of the names on the list were of Italian-American descent at a time when non-citizen Italian-American immigrants were considered enemy aliens. While some were arrested or detained in internment camps, others were forcibly displaced, had private property seized and suffered the degradation and humiliation of being targeted by the American government. All this while their sons served and died overseas.
However, it turns out some of these seven men survived the War. It was a place to start. The four eventually narrow the search to two bastard independent parachute infantry battalions with troubled reputations. As they unravel the mystery, they also uncover scandalous indications of the contemptible mis-treatment of these two battalions at the hands of higher commands. Both units were annihilated at the Battle of the Bulge, ignominiously disbanded and their records destroyed. What was the Army hiding?
The searchers stubbornly persist against the odds to uncover the untold story of the missing men. To their amazement, what they discovered was spectacularly astonishing and would change lives forever.
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