Traveling 40,000 miles and inspiring love and despair in equal measure, Lt. Minter Dial's lost Annapolis ring altered the lives of many - not just those who gazed upon its blue stone.
The spellbinding account of one man's obsession with a family mystery - and the product of decades of research and inquiries - The Last Ring Home explores author Minter Dial's pursuit of the true story of his namesake, his late grandfather Lt. Minter Dial, USN, a celebrated war hero whose suffering and trauma nearly buried his memory forever.
A prisoner of the Japanese in the Philippines after the fall of Bataan and Corregidor, Lt. Dial discovered the cruelest meaning of the Bushido code. Moments before he was killed, he gave his treasured Naval Academy ring to a friend. In the ensuing chaos, it disappeared.
Armed with a passion for history and a desire to uncover his grandfather's legacy, Dial's epic quest for the ring transports him to prisoner-of-war memorials and ex-POW conventions, military and press archives, and the homes of those affected by the Second World War across the world.
Sweeping as far back as the American Civil War, The Last Ring Home combines rigorous research with more than 100 interviews with experts, survivors, and descendants of the Greatest Generation to tell the powerful story of American prisoners of war in the Pacific.
Minter Dial II tells the riveting story of his grandfather, a POW captured by the Japanese in the early months of WWII on Corregidor, piecing together conflicting sources of information to weave a narrative around the journey of his grandfather's 1932 Naval Academy class ring. It's a story well told, much through the eyes of letters between the senior Dial and his wife, leading to an astonishing ending.