Never Subdued is a true story about the Philippine-American War 1898-1902 and how it led to the Moro Campaigns against radical Islam 1902-1913
Franklin Hook's chronological narrative follows several of the young men from the 1st North Dakota Volunteer Infantry as they journey from the prairies of the Midwest to the jungles of the South Pacific. With the help of passages taken directly from the diary of Pvt. John Kinne and other documented records, Hook is able to relate the incredible experiences that took place during this nearly four year battle and the gallant achievements that resulted in 88 total Medals of Honor being awarded to US soldiers.
The conversations provide an accurate depiction of the ugliness of war and the resiliency of the individual spirit. Those who survived to tell their tale recall the brutality of the conditions - seasickness and death aboard the transport ships, devastating ambushes and courageous rescues, the deadly heat of the bamboo thickets and rice paddies, as well as an ill-fated love story.
"[Never Subdued is] a tale of what it was like for a large number of young American men when they "went soljering" more than a century ago, in the steamy tropics of the Philippine Islands during the opening years of the 20th Century. What may surprise you is how uncannily alike "soljering" was then to that of their spiritual military heirs (perhaps including a few of their great and even great-great grandsons or granddaughters)
"[The narrative conveys] the image of a bunch of ordinary young men who got caught up in the historical moment of America's first wars of the 20th Century, enlisted almost on a whim, and took part in an extraordinary adventure. It is as much a human story as a history lesson . . . It relates entirely to the present day." -Robert A. Fulton is the author of Moroland: The History of Uncle Sam and the Moros 1899-1920
"Franklin Hook has done a great service in producing Never Subdued. He shines a bright light on a shadowy period of American history to tell an important story, a story of prolonged, tropical combat against a determined, elusive foe. Those who appreciate thorough research turned into very readable military history will enjoy his accomplishment. I congratulate him on a job well done." -John Durand, author of The Boys, North Dakota Volunteers in the Philippines
Author: Franklin Hook
Published: July 2011
About The Author
William Franklin Hook, MD is a graduate of Stanford University and the Jefferson Medical College of Jefferson University, Philadelphia, PA, is a retired physician radiologist, an ex-associate professor of radiology at the University of North Dakota School of Medicine, and an author.
Dr. Hook's long and distinguished military career includes three years active duty with the Navy and service as a reserve Army officer. Colonel Hook commanded the 311th Evacuation Hospital during its deployment to the Middle East during the first Persian Gulf War (Desert Storm).
His military awards include the National Defense Medal with clusters, Armed Forces Reserve Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Army Reserve Component Medal, Overseas Service Ribbon, Armed Forces Expedition Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal (Desert Storm), Liberation of Kuwait Medal (Saudi Government), and the Kuwait Liberation Medal.
Col. Hook belongs to the American Legion and is a lifetime member of the VFW. He currently lives in Hot Springs, South Dakota.
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