Sacrifices for Patriotism

A Korean POW Remembers the Forgotten War

by Helen Greene Leigh

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Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 30/10/2012

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 240
ISBN : 9781452556055
Format : Hardcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 240
ISBN : 9781452556062

About the Book

Sacrifices for Patriotism—A Korean POW Remembers the Forgotten War is a narrative nonfiction recollection of the thirty-seven months Pharis Greene spent in captivity during the Korean War. His story includes his childhood memories and continues to his life today.

In Korea, Pharis experienced horrific events. He witnessed his new commander, Colonel Martin, being cut in half by a Russian tank after engaging in a street fight with only a bazooka to defend himself. Less than forty yards separated Pharis from his higher-ranking officer, Second Lieutenant Thornton, when a North Korean madman dubbed “The Tiger” shot him in the back of the head on the infamous Death March. On numerous occasions, Pharis feared his life was over, including the three times he stood in front of a firing squad.

Some fellow POWs have been quoted in Remembered Prisoners of a Forgotten War by Lewis H. Carlson and In Mortal Combat by John Toland. In contrast, Pharis shares his personal experiences from the beginning to the end of the Korean War and recalls how he endured the challenges and miraculously survived.

About the Author

HELEN GREENE LEIGH, after being awakened every hour on the hour one summer night, gladly agreed to follow God’s instructions for her to share with the world Pharis’ personal experiences as a Korean POW and his miraculous survival. She spent the next year interviewing her oldest brother, Pharis, and researching the Korean War.
This is the only book she has written. As an entrepreneur, she has founded an insurance agency, a wholesale business, and an underground utility construction company.
As a single parent, Helen reared a daughter, Dawn, and a son, Derek. The three live in Charlotte, North Carolina. She boasts of five wonderful and amazing grandchildren. The eldest, Jeffrey, served five years in the US Army and deployed to Iraq for fifteen months. Amanda landed a full basketball scholarship at UNCG and continues to pursue her dream of playing in the WNBA. Megan, Jessey, and Kody are young adults who are searching for their own unique destinies.