Thursday, November 15, 2007

Lessons from WW II: A leader leads ...

"As a leader, you've got to lead.... You don't say, 'Go take Hill 32, boys.' You say, 'C'mon boys, we're taking Hill 32.' "
-- "Colonel" Bill Henderson, USMC, Iwo Jima (The League of Grateful Sons by Douglas W. Phillips)
Marine Bill Henderson survived 36 days of brutal fighting on Iwo Jima during WW II. P-51 Mustang flyboy Bill Brown was shot down over Japan but survived. Both veterans are now in their 80s.

More than 400,000 American men died during World War II leaving behind 183,000 fatherless children. Within the ranks of survivors were men, like Bill Henderson and Bill Brown, who made it their life mission to mentor those children throughout the years, a mission that is documented in the film, The League of Grateful Sons, that was shot on location in Iwo Jima, Guam, Hawaii, and Texas. Those thankful children have risen to honor their heroic fathers ... and the legacy continues.

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