I would like to express my gratitude to several important people who were instrumental in the development of this project. To LTC Art Durante (ret.) and SFC Jimmy King (ret.), you are great Americans, great soldiers and great friends. To Bert and Kathy Ward, you guys are the best! You are great friends and important to have around in a tight spot. To Ms. Uluwehi Hopkins, thank you for the valuable advice on Hawaiian culture and language. The book would not have been the same without your input. To Tim Dorsey, thank you for your gracious advice that helped me start and finish this book. I hope I can return the favor some day. The biggest thank you goes out to my wife, Kelly Giles, for being there always and putting up with me. None of this would be possible or meaningful without you.
Blood exploded in a bright red spray when the brown, barnacle-covered shell smacked loudly into the man’s head. THWOCK! The man’s eyes rolled back into his head and a big gash just above his temple revealed his skull, glistening with a patina of blood. None of the people watching were paying much attention to the dying man with a big hole in his head. Their attention was focused on the other man standing next to the dead guy.