Author(s): Mitch Weiss
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On February 17, Landing Craft Infantry 449 was among a dozen gunboats helping to prepare the area for their invasion two days later. From the towering slopes of Mount Suribachi, Japanese forces opened fire, forcing the U.S. commanders to recalculate battlefield plans. They shelled and bombed the newly discovered enemy positions. It was a move that saved countless lives two days later, when tens of thousands of Marines stormed the beach at the Battle of Iwo Jima. Mitch Weiss' The Heart of Hell is the untold story of the crew of Landing Craft Infantry 449.
Mitch Weiss is a Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative journalist for The Associated Press covering subjects ranging from the Vietnam War to corrupt real estate appraisers to the British Petroleum oil spill disaster in the Gulf of Mexico. He is the coauthor of "The Yankee Comandante: The Untold Story of Courage, Passion and One American s Fight to Liberate Cuba," "Hunting Che: How a U.S. Special Forces Team Helped Capture the World s Most Famous Revolutionary," "No Way Out: A Story of Valor in the Mountains of Afghanistan," and "Tiger Force: A True Story of Men and War.""