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Messengers of the Lost Battalion

Messengers of the Lost Battalion

The Heroic 551st and the Turning of the Tide at the Battle of the Bulge

The author of Before the Flames and the son of a member of the ill-fated infantry battalion discusses America's 551st Battalion and their heroic, little-known role during World War II's Battle of the Bulge.
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  • Touchstone | 
  • 416 pages | 
  • ISBN 9780684871097 | 
  • May 1999
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Gregory Orfalea
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Gregory Orfalea

Gregory Orfalea was born and raised in Los Angeles, California, and educated at Georgetown University and the University of Alaska. He has held teaching positions at Georgetown, The Claremont Colleges, and at Westmont College. Orfalea is the author and editor of eight books, the most recent of which are the short story collection The Man Who Guarded the Bomb and Angeleno Days, which won the 2010 Arab American Book Award and has been named a Finalist for the PEN USA Award in Creative Nonfiction.

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