It is the destiny of the professional soldier to wait in obscurity most of his life for a crisis that may never come. It is his function to know how to solve it if it does come. It is his code to give all that he has.

In 1944 Frank Dow Merrill, then an obscure, 40-year-old U.S. infantry officer, found his crisis in Burma. Under command of General Joseph Stilwell, the Allies were set to drive across northern Burma to Myitkyina, key Japanese defense base and main air base from which fighters menaced...

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