Jennifer Benitz

Jennifer Benitz is an experienced writer covering a range of topics with a focus on health care and Army news. Until recently, she was a staff writer at ARMY magazine, producing features for the magazine and covering Army news for the Association of the U.S. Army’s website. She started at ARMY in 2013 as the editorial assistant. In 2015, she became a senior writer for Health.mil at Defense Health Agency, where she wrote about military health topics. She returned to ARMY magazine in 2019. Before her first job at ARMY, Benitz worked as a reporter for Connection Newspapers and Penn State University.

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Jungle Fighters: How U.S. Soldiers Beat the Odds On Dangerous Secret Mission

Far from the battlefields of Europe and Africa, another war was brewing in 1943 in the thick, remote jungles of the China-Burma-India Theater.

As enemy forces expanded their reach in the region, President Franklin Roosevelt issued a call for volunteers to take part in a top-secret and highly dangerous mission.

Nearly 3,000 soldiers answered. They didn’t know where they were going or what their mission would entail. The volunteers were considered “expendable,” as the casualty rate was expected to be high.

They were needed to destroy supply lines and communications behind enemy lines and capture the Myitkyina airfield in Japanese-held …

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