Scott McGaugh, Author

Easy reading in damn hard writing.
--Nathaniel Hawthorne

On October 24, 1944, more than two hundred American 
soldiers realized they were surrounded by German infantry 
deep in the mountain forest of eastern France. As their 
dwindling food, ammunition, and medical supplies ran out, 
the American commanding officer turned to the 442nd Regi-
mental Combat Team to achieve what other units had failed to do.
Honor Before Glory is the story of the 442nd, a segregated 
unit of Japanese American citizens, commanded by white officers, 
that finally rescued the “lost battalion.” Their unmatched courage 
and sacrifice under fire became legend—all the more remarkable 
because many of the soldiers had volunteered from prison-like 
“internment” camps where sentries watched their mothers and 
fathers from the barbed-wire perimeter.
In seven campaigns, these young Japanese American men earned 
more than 9,000 Purple Hearts, 6,000 Bronze and Silver Stars, 
and nearly two dozen Medals of Honor. The 442nd became the 
most decorated unit of its size in World War II: its soldiers earned 
18,100 awards and decorations, more than one for every man.
Honor Before Glory is their story—a story of a young generation’s 
fight against both the enemy and American prejudice—a story of 
heroism, sacrifice, and the best America has to offer.
On October 24, 1944, more than two hundred American 
soldiers realized they were surrounded by German infantry 
deep in the mountain forest of eastern France. As their 
dwindling food, ammunition, and medical supplies ran out, 
the American commanding officer turned to the 442nd Regi-
mental Combat Team to achieve what other units had failed to do.
Honor Before Glory is the story of the 442nd, a segregated 
unit of Japanese American citizens, commanded by white officers, 
that finally rescued the “lost battalion.” Their unmatched courage 
and sacrifice under fire became legend—all the more remarkable 
because many of the soldiers had volunteered from prison-like 
“internment” camps where sentries watched their mothers and 
fathers from the barbed-wire perimeter.
In seven campaigns, these young Japanese American men earned 
more than 9,000 Purple Hearts, 6,000 Bronze and Silver Stars, 
and nearly two dozen Medals of Honor. The 442nd became the 
most decorated unit of its size in World War II: its soldiers earned 
18,100 awards and decorations, more than one for every man.
Honor Before Glory is their story—a story of a young generation’s 
fight against both the enemy and American prejudice—a story of 
heroism, sacrifice, and the best America has toffer.



On October 24, 1944, more than two hundred American
On October 24, 1944, more than two hundred American 
soldiers realized they were surrounded by German infantry 
deep in the mountain forest of eastern France. As their 
dwindling food, ammunition, and medical supplies ran out, 
the American commanding officer turned to the 442nd Regi-
mental Combat Team to achieve what other units had failed to do.
Honor Before Glory is the story of the 442nd, a segregated 
unit of Japanese American citizens, commanded by white officers, 
that finally rescued the “lost battalion.” Their unmatched courage 
and sacrifice under fire became legend—all the more remarkable 
because many of the soldiers had volunteered from prison-like 
“internment” camps where sentries watched their mothers and 
fathers from the barbed-wire perimeter.
In seven campaigns, these young Japanese American men earned 
more than 9,000 Purple Hearts, 6,000 Bronze and Silver Stars, 
and nearly two dozen Medals of Honor. The 442nd became the 
most decorated unit of its size in World War II: its soldiers earned 
18,100 awards and decorations, more than one for every man.
Honor Before Glory is their story—a story of a young generation’s 
fight against both the enemy and American prejudice—a story of 
heroism, sacrifice, and the best America has to offer.
On October 24, 1944, more than two hundred American 
soldiers realized they were surrounded by German infantry 
deep in the mountain forest of eastern France. As their 
dwindling food, ammunition, and medical supplies ran out, 
the American commanding officer turned to the 442nd Regi-
mental Combat Team to achieve what other units had failed to do.
Honor Before Glory is the story of the 442nd, a segregated 
unit of Japanese American citizens, commanded by white officers, 
that finally rescued the “lost battalion.” Their unmatched courage 
and sacrifice under fire became legend—all the more remarkable 
because many of the soldiers had volunteered from prison-like 
“internment” camps where sentries watched their mothers and 
fathers from the barbed-wire perimeter.
In seven campaigns, these young Japanese American men earned 
more than 9,000 Purple Hearts, 6,000 Bronze and Silver Stars, 
and nearly two dozen Medals of Honor. The 442nd became the 
most decorated unit of its size in World War II: its soldiers earned 
18,100 awards and decorations, more than one for every man.
Honor Before Glory is their story—a story of a young generation’s 
fight against both the enemy and American prejudice—a story of 
heroism, sacrifice, and the best America has to offer.
 soldiers realized
they were surrounded by German infantry deep in the mountain forest of 
eastern France. As their dwindling food, ammunition, and medical supplies 
ran out, the American commanding officer turned to the 442nd Regimental 
Combat Team to achieve what other units had failed to do.

HONOR BEFORE GLORY is the story of the 442nd, a segregated unit of 
Japanese Americans, commanded by white officers, that finally 
rescued the "Lost Battalion." Their unmatched courage and sacrifice under
fire became legend—all the more remarkable because many of the soldiers
had volunteered from the prison-like "internment" camps where sentries 
watched their mothers and fathers from the barb-wire perimeter. 

In seven campaigns, these young Japanese American men earned 18,100 awards and decorations, more than one for every man.


 "Honor Before Glory" is a superbly-written page-turner, containing a day-by-day chronicle of events with excellent maps, photographs, after-action reports, and excerpts of memories taken from video-recorded, written, and in-person interviews of Japanese American servicemen, American officers, German\ officers and others. Although the book recounts the single rescue mission from October 24-30, 1944, it tells the larger story of the remarkable Japanese American soldiers who disregarded racial injustice and discrimination to serve with honor, dignity and distinction. The book also sheds light on the postwar debate of whether the Japanese American soldiers were used as expendable "cannon fodder" or were relied upon for their tenacity and fierce fighting abilities. Author Scott McGaugh compiled his extensive research into an inspiring tribute to the heroism of the 442nd/100th soldiers and their sacrifice for a greater cause.” --Japanese American Citizens League, Minneapolis
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