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American Nightingale: The Story of Frances Slanger, Forgotten Heroine of Normandy Paperback – Bargain Price, June 1, 2005
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A storyteller by nature, Welch mines much of his speaking fodder from his books and the nearly 2,000 columns he's written for The Register-Guard, Oregon's second-largest newspaper. He has twice won the National Society of Newspaper Columnists's highest award for writing. In addition, he has won dozens of other journalism awards, including the 2010 and 2011 Oregon Newspaper Publishers Association's "Best Writing" awards. He's also the winner of the Seattle Times C.B. Blethen Award for Distinguished Feature Writing.
Three new Welch books will hit the shelves in late 2012: "Fifty-Two Little Lessons from It's a Wonderful Life" (Nashville: Thomas Nelson); "Resolve: From WWII Bataan, the Story of a Soldier, a Flag, and a Promise Kept." (New York: Penguin's Berkley Books); and "Cascade Summer: My Adventure on Oregon's Pacific Crest Trail." (Eugene: AO Creative).
A previous book about a heroic World War II nurse, "American Nightingale" (Atria Books, 2004), was featured on ABC's "Good Morning America" and was a finalist for the Oregon Book Award.
Articles of Welch's have been published in more than a dozen books, including seven in the popular "Chicken Soup for the Soul" series.
In addition, he has had articles published in such magazines a s"Los Angeles Times," "Reader's Digest," "Sports Illustrated" and "Runner's World."
In 2005, Welch founded the Beachside Writers Workshop in the Oregon coast town of Yachats. Since then, nearly 1,000 students have attended the workshops.
He and his wife, Sally, live in Eugene.
Top Customer Reviews
Bob Welch struck gold when a former Nursing comrade of Slanger's read one of his articles and got in touch. Previously, details about Frances Slanger had been slightly scant and it had been reported that she had been killed by an Enemy sniper. Welch gets it right in indicating that she had actually been killed during an artillery barrage.
Even by Day 3, the slowly expanding Normandy beach heads were a dangerous place to be. Despite overwhelming Allied airpower, involving thousands of combat sorties per day, the Germans were still putting up determined resistance on the ground.
Even the act of wading ashore was not without its dangers, especially given that Frances Slanger was barely five feet tall. She was one of only four nurses to land at Normandy while it was still an intensely active combat zone. Yet in spite of the mines, the snipers, the artillery exchanges and the odd air attack, Slanger and her courageous sisters pitched in immediately to help care for the endless influx of wounded.
A few months later, she became the first Army Nurse KIA of the post-Overlord campaign.
While ever America can still produce women like Frances Slanger and Sharon Ann Lane, and men like the brave young warriors that they gave their own young lives to support, the enemies of Freedom will never win.
An outstanding book.
What a story of sacrifice, honor, and courage in the midst of horrific battlefield conditions! Frances Slanger, who, in some ways, felt she was destined to help her adopted country throw off the yoke of Nazi domination in the European war theatre, was an uncommon woman of valor who deserves our highest accolades. Her heroic sacrifice-she was the first woman killed in the line of duty following the D-Day invasion-was largely forgotten following the fall of Berlin. But thanks to Bob Welch, who poured thousands of dollars of his own money and three years into researching this thoughtful, well-written book, we have Frances Langer's legacy available at our fingertips.
I highly recommend American Nightingale, the story of a Jewish heroine that time nearly forgot.
co-author of the Every Man's Battle series
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Reminding us that each of us chooses how we live this life, for goodness or evil. A tribute to our parents who fought in WWII.Published 3 months ago by Wendy M. Jones
Ever hear of women Army Officers being in the Normandy invasion of WW II? Neither had I until I read this wonderful bio of a young ANC nurse, how she got to the battlefield, how... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Marie Briscoe
This is a fantastic true story of a real WWII heroine that deserves to be told. Frances Slanger made a difference in many lives and asked nothing in return. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Marea Stone