By Duty Bound by Brig. Gen. Ezell Ware Jr.
Survival and Redemption in a Time of War

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The inspiring, true story of a top soldier who survived Jim Crow only to land in a struggle for survival beside his racist white captain after they were downed in Vietnam

Raised in the segregated South, Ezell Ware was determined to excel beyond the lines drawn by white power brokers. He became the top recruit in his Marine training class; having grown up without running water, electricity, or sufficient food, he wasn’t daunted by military life. He eventually earned a chance to join the Army’s helicopter pilot program, realizing his dream of flying. It was a role that would change his life, and the life of an unlikely partner in valor at the height of the Vietnam War.

Downed by enemy fire while on a mission over thick jungles, Ware and his badly injured captain endured a three-week descent into hell, with one canteen and little defense against countless deadly forces. But when his captain revealed his membership in the Ku Klux Klan, their situation took a turn that surprised them both—and put Ezell on the road to becoming a general.

A unique memoir of heroism and humanity, By Duty Bound captures a crucial chapter in American history through the eyes of one of its most remarkable witnesses.


About Brig. Gen. Ezell Ware Jr.

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Ezell War, Jr., recently retired as a brigadier general with the California National Guard, after a distinguished Marine and Army career for which he was highly decorated. A longtime resident of California, he now makes his home in Austin, Texas. A journalist for the New York Times and the Los Angeles Times. Ezell Ware, Jr., recently retired as a Brigadier General with the California National Guard, after a distinguished Marine and Army career for which he was highly decorated. A journalist for "The New York Times" and the "Los Angeles Times," Joel Engel coauthored "By George" (the "New York Times" bestselling autobiography of George Foreman) as well "The Oldest Rookie," the book that became "The Rookie," starring Dennis Quaid.
Published March 3, 2005 by Dutton Adult. 336 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Political & Social Sciences, War. Non-fiction

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Well-observed accounts of growing up poor and black in 1950s rural Mississippi and of Ware's eventful, combat-heavy first tour in Vietnam are matched by a stirring recounting of the three weeks Ware and another army helicopter pilot spent evading the enemy in the jungles after being shot down.

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