- Paperback: 333 pages
- Publisher: Leatherneck Publishing; 1 edition (July 4, 2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0977143139
- ISBN-13: 978-0977143139
- Product Dimensions: 1 x 4 x 7.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 13 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,397,066 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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A Corpsman's Legacy: He Continues to Heal Others Through the Daughter He Never Knew Paperback – July 4, 2006
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The story of how she met her birth mother and later the other members of her mothers family - including her mom's husband is all quite moving.
But it is the story of her quest for her father that is the key to the book. Her father was a navy hospitalcorpsman serving in Vietnam. He served initally with ground Marines but his real goal was to fly as a corpsman with the Marines. He got his wish and died on his first flight to recover wounded Marines. Ms. Hanson's story of her search for anyone who had known him and thier memories of him is outstanding. I have done some research on my own families naval careers and have found this to be a frustrating at times, but very rewarding process. Ms. Hanson could have quite but still slogged on towards her goal. She was introduced to then Senator Cleland's office which was able to get her father's medals for her. I commend the senator's office for that effort. However it is the story of her quest for her father's air crew wings that is the capstone of the story. Through her efforts and those of her father's former squadron commander and others, HN Young was awarded his wings, not the wings of an aircrewman but the air crew combat wings which were highly regarded and prized by those who saw them and those who wore them.
Ironically I recieved this book in the mail on the day that my navy medicine clinic was celebrating the birthday of the Navy Hospital Corps. I gave Ms. Hanson's tribute to her father to my shipmates for inclusion in the professional reading library of the clinic. Somehow that seems quite a fitting place for this story of an enthusiastic and dedicated corpsman and his equally dedicated and tenacious daughter.
I commend Ms. Hanson for taking this difficult journey and then sharing her thoughts with us. I also commend the many men and women who helped her on this labor which later became a labor of love - well done shipmates.
Robert A. Hall
The Coming Collapse of the American Republic
Author Stephanie Hanson writes a heartfelt memoir of her search for her birth parents. This spiritual quest leads to several amazing discoveries and many great new people in her life. It also leads her to discover that she is also helping others to heal as well as just herself.
Stephanie was happily adopted and she had no great desire to look for her birth parents. However, promoted by her need to have medical information; she searched and found her birth mother. In an emotional reunion, her mother gave her an old tattered newspaper clipping of an obituary for her father Gary Young, who was killed in Vietnam in 1969. It was from that small piece of information that sprang an emotional journey for her, her family and so many others. This is why the story is so deeply appealing because it is not just about some self-serving personal discovery but more like a group march for truth and fellowship. She really connected emotionally and spiritually with those who were somehow involved with her father, or with his unit in Nam, or who were just supportive of her quest.
One of the more endearing and beautiful events in the book (And there are many!) is when she is given her father's old watch that he had been wearing in Vietnam when he was killed. Gary's brother still had it after all those years; but it never worked and he was never able to get around to getting it fixed. So the watch had stopped and was fixed on a time long ago when her dad died. When she was given the watch it again begins to run and work like it was never broken; it was almost like a signal from the beyond--which I firmly believe it was since I do not accept mere accidents of fate. I believe that everything happens for a reason and her whole story emulates that same kind spiritual energy.
She chronicles her contacts with veteran Marines on the internet where she posts messages which eventually lead to connections and those connections lead to even more. This search begins to take on a life of its own and a powerful spiritual healing takes place for those involved in the search as they each find a part of their missing soul. Stephanie allows those other voices to be heard by including their email messages in the book. So the reader can fully follow how this quest unfolded and evolved.
The old tape recordings from her father that he sent from Vietnam were another gift to Stephanie from her father's step-father; but it was Gary's dog-tag that meant the most to her--a tag that no one realized that they still had. Her story has so many emotional twists and turns that I do not wish to spoil the reading experience for others. This book will impact you as it did me. You will enjoy the ending which is perfect and almost storybook and unreal. But it gives you an emotionally satisfying finish to her book but certainly not an end to her story because one can assume that this will still continue to unfold and that others who read this book will also be touch by it.
The MWSA gives this book its highest rating of FIVE STARS. I also give it my personal recommendation and endorsement! A must read book if there ever was one!