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Died On The Fourth of July: Remembering the Men Who Gave Their Lives in Vietnam on America’s Birthday Paperback – December 20, 2014
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About the Author
Died on the Fourth of July is John F. Schlatter’s second book paying tribute to veterans. In 2012 he published Postcard Memories from World War II, an account of how he found postcards written by servicemen in the 1940s, returned the cards to their families, and learned their inspiring stories. He began his writing career as a newspaper reporter, served two years as an Army officer immediately after the Vietnam conflict, and spent more than 30 years in corporate communications before retiring in 2012. Born in Centreville, Mississippi in 1950, his family moved to Knoxville, Tennessee in 1951. He graduated from Fulton High School in 1968 and then attended the University of Tennessee, earning a B.S. in Journalism in 1972 and M.S. in Communications in 1973. He was commissioned a Second Lieutenant from Army ROTC and served two years of active duty 1974-76. 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 in 1981 and retired from the company in 2012. He also served as Chairman of the Oak Ridge Board of Education in the 1980s. He is married to the former Becky Wood of Flint, Michigan. They have three children, Valerie, John, and Kate; and four grandsons, Jack, Phillip, Jay and Carter.
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