Phantom Warrior

Phantom Warrior

The Heroic True Story of Private John McKinney’s One-Man Stand Against theJapane se in World War II

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Additional Formats
  • Paperback
  • ISBN 9780425227626
  • 368 Pages
  • Berkley
  • Adult


This is the story of John McKinney who received the Medal of Honor for his actions against a Japanese surprise attack. On May 11, 1945, McKinney returned fire on the Japanese attacking his unit, using every available weapon-even his fists-standing alone against wave after wave of dedicated Japanese soldiers. At the end, John McKinney was alive-with over forty Japanese bodies before him.

This is the story of an extraordinary man whose courage and fortitude in battle saved many American lives, and whose legacy has been sadly forgotten by all but a few. Here, the proud legacy of John McKinney lives on.


“The most riveting and unforgettable account of individual combat I’ve ever read.”
-New York Times

bestselling author Colonel Cole C. Kingseed

“Johnson’s gripping book tells the story of one of the obscurest but most remarkable Medal of Honor winners of World War II…[McKinney] never made much of his achievement. Those who owed their lives to him, however, did not forget him.”

“[A] vivid telling of one of World War II’s most legendary exploits.”
-Hampton Sides, author of Blood and Thunder and Ghost Soldiers