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"...Babcock has brought to life all the emotions of soldiering ... a must read!" General (R) Dennis Reimer, U.S. Army. -- Ivy Leaves, 1 June 2001

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As the president of the 22nd Infantry Regiment Society and the editor of their newsletter, I amassed a treasure trove of individual stories from the veterans of the 4th Infantry Division.(The 22nd Infantry Regiment is a part of the 4th Infantry Division.) I would cajole, beg and even browbeat them for articles for the newsletter and over the years my files became chock full of wonderful stories about World War II, The Cold War, and Vietnam. They were so good, so descriptive, I felt an obligation to publish them.

At each gathering of soldiers such as reunions, dedications, Memorial Day ceremonies, etc., I'd plead with 4th Infantry Division veterans to send me their stories and I promised them that someday they would be published. The result is this book, "War Stories, Utah Beach to Pleiku."

With the financial help of the National 4th Infantry Division Association, and the moral support of my family, my many friends and colleagues, we were able to publish these superbly written individual histories. "War Stories," is a "not for profit book." All profits are returned to the treasury of the National 4th Infantry Division Association.

Getting this book into print has been a labor of love. Our WWII veterans are passing from the scene at an alarming rate and I felt it was urgent that their history be told now. I am honored to be able to bring these war stories to the public. Read this book; learn about the steadfast loyalty of the 4th Infantry Division and their contributions to freedom around the world. Bob Babcock

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  • Paperback: 728 pages
  • Publisher: Saint John's Press (June 1, 2001)
  • ISBN-10: 0971055106
  • ISBN-13: 978-0971055100
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 5.9 x 1.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,188,932 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By madeline steeg on June 26, 2001
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When my brother, Chuck Boyle, asked if I'd proofread a manuscript he was working on "for an army buddy, a book about war", I readily agreed. I didn't expect to become so captivated by these stories, but quickly found these honest, straightforward accounts from veterans of WWII, Korea, Vietnam were awesome, fascinating. These stories draw one into the horror and pain of war, of the unbelievable struggle to survive and overcome, of courage and sacrifice, and love. Love of family, of country and of one another... even, at times, compassion for the enemy. The voices of these men capture the essence of America's finest. It should be required reading in highschool so today's youth and future generations realize and appreciate at what cost our freedom and prosperity were bought.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By John E. Tatum on August 8, 2001
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War Stories by Babcock is a wonderful book for a travelor to own and read. The individual vignettes are both historically informative as well as entertaining. It is an easy book to get out and read when time permits and then put away...the hundreds of stories make it very convenient to stop and start reading. I believe this book is a "must read" for Americans who wish to know about the life and times of Americas combat soldiers as told by them. I plan on using this book as a gift to friends and family because of its historical depiction of Americas fighting forces.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Courtney Wright on June 24, 2001
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I am an army PFC stationed at Ft. Hood, Texas, with the 4th Infantry Division. I haven't been in long, and this is my first assignment, but I have heard so much about the great history of my divison, I wondered if it was all true. As a gift, I received the book "War Stories, Utah Beach to Pleiku," and settled in to learn why everybody thinks we are such a great army division. Well, it didn't take me long to discover that my grandfathers and uncles and all the other men who have served this country deserve every bit of recognition they can get. It is very clear to me that the men who fought and won World war II are the bravest men who ever put on this uniform. I was crying by the time I got to the middle of the attack at Utah Beach on D-day. The section on Vietnam clears up a lot of myth about that war, too. Through those brave men who fought in those jungles, and were willing to "tell it like it was." I have a new respect for them and an appreciation for the Vietnam War that I didn't have before. Throughout the reading, which took me almost a week, I realized that this is true and vivid history, history that no book, no teacher in school could have explained. I am greatful to Bob Babcock for putting it all together and am especially grateful to the men who have fought to keep our country free. I am now more than proud to be a soldier in the 4th Infantry Division. This is an awesome personal history by real soldiers. Every high school and college student in America should be required to read it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Gerry W. Howard on August 5, 2001
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Here's a book that will truly define the day to day life of a soldier. Sometimes scary, sometimes funny, always showing the human side of our men in combat. As a grunt, artilleryman, a driver, a signal corp, or any other MOS, this book hits the truth,as told by those who actually did the combat and/or support. The illustrious history of The 4th Infantry Division speaks well for our fighting men from the beaches of Normandy till Viet Nam. All combat vets will appreciate the stories and everyone will get a very personnal glimpse of the inner warrior and what drives him. Who knows, you might find a story from someone you know or from someone from your area.In the 4th Infantry, Rambo might have been a cook!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. Tami O'Neal on June 30, 2001
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This book touched my heart...the stories, the people. Bob Babcock has truly given this reader the opportunity to share not just the lives of brave soldiers, but the their faith, family and courage. I recommend this book to all...ages Jr. High through platinum years. I am ordering copies of this book to place in my local libraries in order to enable others to share these enriching stories. Thank you and God Bless you Mr. Babcock! MSgt Tami L. O'Neal, USAFR
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I bought this book as soon as Mr. Babcock released it. I'm a life member of the National 4th Infantry Division Association and served with 1/8 Infantry at Fort Carson. As a peacetime/Cold War era veteran, I've always been in awe of the men who lived these stories. This book is very well done. It's a wide variety of true stories ranging through multiple wars and settings. The pages of this book detail the history of my division. I'm proud to be a part of it. They're in the words of the veterans themselves. I found it fascinating, and I will read it again and again.

I especially liked the layout of the book. Each story is self-contained. This is a super book to pick up, read a bit, then lay aside to absorb. Some of the stories are intense. Some are funny. Some portray the tedium of soldiering. It's just a great collection.

Mr. Babcock has done us all a great service in collecting these bits of history for all of us. Thank you, sir. This is history at its very best. Real people doing real things. History isn't just generals, kings, and presidents. It's this. Word has it that another collection will be released in the future. I'm waiting for it.
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