Jim Proser's first book, I'm Staying with My Boys, was awarded the United States Marine Corps Commandant's Recommendation. Prosner wrote and directed, with Jerry Cutter, a documentary of the same name, and I'm Staying with My Boys was used as source material for HBO's critically acclaimed, award-winning miniseries, The Pacific.Jerry Cutter is the nephew of Sgt. John Basilone. He also collaborated with Prosner on the documentary version of his uncle's story. He lives in Hilton Head, South Carolina.
"Everyone should read this book, the story of a true American Hero. I served with John Basilone and I can hear his voice in every page." --Thomas O. Nass, 5th Marine Division, WWII"This book about the legendary John Basilone is presented in such a personal style that one would believe that Manila John is still alive. Not since William Manchester authored his memoir GOODBYE DARKNESS twenty-five years ago has a book been written about one man that seems so authentic." --Col. Ken Jordan, USMC, ret."A lot has been written about my brother in the war, but it's important to know his whole story. This book tells the story of John as a boy, a teenager, and a man. Every student should study and learn from it." --Carlo Basilone, John's brother