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An Album of Memories simply overflows with nostalgia. "We were privileged to grow up in a time when honor, truth, loyalty, duty, and patriotism were real and meant something," writes Robert Cromer. Another correspondent, Douglas G. Fish, describes his own wartime experience--and that of many others--with an elegant simplicity: "I went in the service as a boy and came out a man." There are poignant letters from the dead. One reader submitted this one, sent home in 1942: "Dear Mom, I got your package and Dot's letter today. Boy, the cookies were swell, all the boys send their thanks. Not a one of them was crushed either." Almost exactly a year later, the writer was killed on a bombing run. Another man shares "the last letter my father wrote, three days before he died." It reads: "Tomorrow is D-Day at Iwo Jima--right on Japan's front doorstep--we will go in and lay nets sometime during the assault.... I have faith in God to help us through to victory but am prepared to die for America and face our Lord if He so wills it." The son who sent this letter to Brokaw wasn't even born until after his father had been killed: "I read [this letter] every year on Memorial Day, cry a lot, and think of what a hero he was," he writes.
It's hard not to agree with that assessment, and it applies to so many of those who fought bravely in Europe or the Pacific, as well as those who maintained the home front. All of them have their say in this attractive volume. --John J. Miller --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.--This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
heart wrenching, bravery, unbelievable what this generation went through. should be recommended reading for every citizen of the united states!Published 5 months ago by Dawn Wilson
My father was always a history buff. During his illness his sight got bad and I was bale to bring him back to his world of literary history with this book. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Gerald M. Zidak Jr.
super fast shipping and the book is in A one conditon the service was excellent, the book is really a great follow up to the Greatest Generation book, a must readPublished 13 months ago by Speedy
I found out about this book a month ago, and I read it. Only reason why I bought it, was because I was doing family history research and was looking for some of my great uncle... Read morePublished 18 months ago by Lorie0281
I like Tom Brokaw so much (as many people do) that I thought this would make a nice gift for a cousin from the 'era' who experienced the war... Read morePublished 24 months ago by Patsy P. Ray
Many interesting stories from those that lived them in this era. Happy to add it to all my other Tom Brokaw and other World War 11 books and videos.Published on March 11, 2012 by TDT
I,m sixty-one yrs old. My heroes have always been the WWII veterans. I'm stocked with books, video tapes and dvd's of WWII. Read morePublished on May 21, 2008 by Mummy
Very down to earth description from the men that were there on that date. Worthwhile read.Published on January 6, 2008 by Linda A. Wallander
Brokaw provides another moving tribute to what he refers to as the "Greatest Generation." Many of the letters included here are quite emotional and touching. Read morePublished on August 4, 2004 by Andrew W. Johns