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About the Author

The son of “Greatest Generation” parents, John F. Schlatter was born in Centreville, Mississippi in 1950 and moved with his family to Knoxville, Tennessee as an infant. After earning B.S. and M.S. degrees from the University of Tennessee College of Communications, he served two years as an Army officer at Dugway Proving Ground, Utah. Following his military service he was a reporter for The Oak Ridger newspaper in Oak Ridge, Tennessee; and a media relations representative for the Tennessee Valley Authority. He joined the Bechtel Corporation, a worldwide engineering and construction company, in 1981, where he held various positions in corporate communications until retiring in 2012. In his Bechtel assignments he lived in Tennessee, Washington State, California, Colorado, Kentucky and Maryland. He served as a member and chairman of the Oak Ridge Board of Education in the 1980s. He and his wife, Becky, live at Chippewa Lake, Michigan.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 106 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (October 21, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1479385980
  • ISBN-13: 978-1479385980
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.2 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,582,926 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The son of "Greatest Generation" parents, John F. Schlatter was born in Centreville, Mississippi in 1950 and moved with his family to Knoxville, Tennessee as an infant.

After earning B.S. and M.S. degrees from the University of Tennessee College of Communications, he served two years as an Army officer at Dugway Proving Ground, Utah. Following his military service he was a reporter for The Oak Ridger newspaper in Oak Ridge, Tennessee; and a media relations representative for the Tennessee Valley Authority.

He joined the Bechtel Corporation, a worldwide engineering and construction company, in 1981, where he held various positions in corporate communications until retiring in 2012. In his Bechtel assignments he lived in Tennessee, Washington State, California, Colorado, Kentucky and Maryland. He served as a member and chairman of the Oak Ridge Board of Education in the 1980s.

He and his wife, Becky, live at Chippewa Lake, Michigan. They have three children: Valerie, John, and Kate; and four grandsons, Phillip, Jack, Jay, and Carter.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Martha Cummings on December 31, 2012
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This book brings to life postcards that soldiers wrote to loved ones during WWII. The author gets the postcards in various ways and then searches for the author or recipient of the postcard and tracks them down to return the postcard. In the process he learns the story behind the writer and shares them with the reader. What an incredible thing to do-returning postcards to the author or family member after they have been lost, not because he was asked to, but because he wanted to return a piece of history to those who it would mean a lot to.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Twila Roesner on December 9, 2012
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Loved this book....Made me feel good knowing what John did for others.
Would recomend this book to everyone. Thank you, John.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Deb on December 2, 2012
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I am reading a few pages at a time to my mother. We are both enjoying the stories very much
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jimmy D Rosamond on December 5, 2013
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The author has a fascinating hobby collecting old postcards from the WW II era and reuniting them with living family members. His stories are both unique and heart warming. I highly reccommend it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By L. D. Suggs III on January 3, 2013
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The power of the pen through postcards written during World War Two is very entertaining, but can be touching and sad. So many lost so much. This is a easy to read book with true short writings from personal post cards.. A must read. LDS lll
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This book is a very interesting look into small intimate moments of a soldiers free time where they find a quiet place to write a letter to someone back home. I've found it intriguing, even humorous to read my own letters home to my mother and family. My sister laughs when she shares when she, my mother and grandmother sat around a cheap tape recorder I sent with an inaudible message from me and how they cried anyway not knowing what I was saying.

Its not so much the information contained in the message, its knowing who it was from, knowing who touched the paper and manipulated the pen.
Families, especially mothers, hunger for any correspondence from children in military service.

The postcards Mr. Schlatter shares with us reveal much more than a "Hello, I'm doing fine." How would I characterize it? I don't know, but you will be moved reading them and the life stories about the 'authors.' What I found appealing and joyous was reading how a family member felt after Mr. Schlatter 'returned' the postcards to them.

I find it extremely curious as to the motivation Mr. Schlatter has in devoting so much time in his research with this book and his latest, "Died On the Fourth of July." Of course, he wishes to sell books, but its also interesting how he chooses his topics....they're all about discovery...and he invites us along to take a peek into these people's lives. Not as a voyeur, but to bare witness to lives that, although cut short in some cases, were filled with love and life.

Do buy this and especially, "Died On the Fourth of July." You won't be sorry!
Robert V.
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