THE ROCK OF ANZIO
THE THUNDERBIRDS OF WWII
Brummett Echohawk (1922-2006)
Operation Shingle, the battle for Anzio, would become one of the bloodiest military campaigns of WWII. Thirty- six thousand men from all walks of life. More than one thousand American Indians who fought with a ferocity passed down by their elders of old. Our toughest troops taking ground with endless resolve only to return it and take it back again, as Adolf Hitler threw his best troops at the Allies, to find nothing less than an act of courage above and beyond. This earned these men of the 45th the moniker-The Rock of Anzio. General S George Patton's statement holds true," one of the best, if not the best division in the history of American Arms" The Vaunted Thunderbirds.
From this epic battle comes the long-awaited work of "Drawing Fire." Through the eyes Pawnee Thunderbird, Brummett Echohawk, this story is told without embellishment by a man the army determined, "Echohawk has total recall of events." Sergeant Echohawk, having no knowledge of his skill to create a pictorial record that will awe readers with over forty sketches of battle scenes, individual portraits of members of the Allied forces and wounded prisoner of an epic that holds the only work of its kind. In the words of historian Flint Whitlock, this was "Desperate Valour" as never told before.
Twenty years of research by Mark R Ellenbarger: Forward by Medal of Honor recipient, Lieutenant Colonel Ernest Childers (Retired), this long-awaited work details Sergeant Brummett Echohawk and his squad of American Indians, from every tribe, sun-up to sun-down farmers, roughnecks, mean as a jersey bull, as they fight the Axis forces during the Italian campaign. From Sicily, Salerno, and Anzio, which became known as "The Battle of the Factory."
Take in each moment of what it was like to fight against a devastating force. Sgt. Echohawk would lose many good men who battled against this bastion of tyranny as Hitler sought to, "Lance the Abscess" only to meet the spiritual resolve of a force that held to the moniker-The Rock of Anzio...
Drawing Fire: by Brummett Echohawk and Mark R Ellenbarger, edited by Trent Riley. Forward by Lt Col Ernest Childers, MoH, (US Army retired).
*Lt Col Childers was the first Native American to receive the Medal of Honor since the Indian Wars of the 19th century.
The Thunderbirds of B Company, 179th RCT with captured NAZI Flag. Echohawk's squad while on patrol disguised themselves to the best of their ability, walked through a small town, were spotted by a German officer, ducked in a movie theatre where Gary Cooper was playing Sergeant York...in Italian. Upon leaving the Thunderbirds pull down the NAZI flag, then utilizing an empty wine bottle putting a note in it; "this town taken by American Indians 1943, great wine!"
Brummett Echohawk: second row, far right.
CAPTURED NAZI FLAG