by R. A. Sheats

Hardcover, illustrated
324 pages

Retail price: $29.95



Call Me No Hero is the true story of Ernest "Boots" Thomas and his friend Jim Sledge, two young boys whose lives were dramatically changed by the arrival of the Second World War.

Born and raised in rural Florida during the days of the Great Depression, Ernest and Jimís boyhood dreams and aspirations were quickly forgotten when their nation entered World War Two. Jim entered the Air Corps after graduating high school while young Ernest enlisted in the Marine Corps, pledging to do his part in protecting his family and his home. During the American drive against the Japanese in the Pacific, Ernest found himself catapulted into national fame as he and his platoon landed on the volcanic shores of Iwo Jima and raised a flag that would be seen around the world.

With the use of letters, journals, and first-hand accounts, Call Me No Hero brings to life this captivating tale of valor, self-sacrifice, and the solemn duty of honoring those who have fallen.

"Boots Thomas is the epitome of a national hero."
ó Lt. General Lawrence Snowden, USMC, WWII

"I know of no more appropriate praise than to say that
Thomas was indeed a credit to his parents who raised him."
ó Col. Dave Severance, 28th Marines, 5th Marine Division, Iwo Jima