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The Coastwatcher and the Scout (Working Title)
 I wanted to take advantage of my research and library by staying with the World War II years, but I also wanted to branch out in the type of story.
I had become fascinated by the Australian coastwatchers who volunteered to stay behind on islands that fell to the Japanese and report on activities. To do this, they had to have the trust and loyalty of the natives, and alliances were formed that extended into lifelong friendship.
This will be a work of fiction, although inspired and loosely based on the incredible true story of Martin Clemens and Jacob Vouza. This incredible team played a key role in the American victory on
Guadalcanal.
Martin Clemens on Guadalcanal with his scouts in 1942
 I want to explore the unique comradery that comes out of shared danger in wartime, even among people of vastly different backgrounds. Some of the coastwatchers maintained this relationship for years after the war. Martin Clemens was largely responsible for Jacob Vouza being Knighted for his courage.
When Vouza was captured by the Japanese, he refused to talk even after brutal torture, including multiple bayonet wounds. His questioners finally gave up and bayoneted him twice more in the chest and an officer slashed his throat with a Katana sword.
Left for dead, he chewed through his bindings and crawled three miles through the jungle to the American lines where he gave the Marines vital information that helped win the Battle of the Tenaru River. He wasn't expected to live and received 16 pints of blood (the average human has about 11 pints in total). Remarkably he was back on duty twelve weeks later.
In my fictional story, the two men will come back in contact during key events during their lives until in the end they have only each other.
Jacob Vouza before his night of horror that eventually won him a Knighthood and an American Legion of Merit

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