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G.I. Joe & Lillie: Remembering a Life of Love and Loyalty Hardcover – March 1, 2003
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It was a wonderful story about your dad (Gl Joe) and mom. It made me want to laugh and cry at the same time! I was flying over Germany during the time your dad was there. The guys on the ground had it rough. It is one of the best stories about hardship and pleasure that I have read!
This story exemplifies the integrity and character behind the American dream--even when the dream doesn't come true in the way you hoped it would. A great story of enduring faith and true commitment...
This wonderful, touching story is about so many things I hold dear, including family, faith, and duty to country. For years, Joe Bonsall has inspired us all with song; now he opens his heart in a totally different way to share a very personal part of his life. What a wonderful gift to us all.
You have so much to be thankful for. ... One is how the combination of Lillie and Joe were the magical genes that made both you and Nancy. ... You both will forever represent the very best of your parents. ... They taught you well and you are the man through which you father lived the rest of his life. ... They both were and are so proud of you . ...And so am I.
About the Author
He lives in Hendersonville, Tennessee with his lovely wife, Mary Ann, and their eight cats, Molly, Omaha, Gypsy, Sally Ann, Teddy, Callie, Bayb and Bud. Joe and Mary also have a 400-acre farm on the Kentucky/Tennessee state line.
The song G.I. Joe and Lillie, as recorded by the Oak Ridge Boys, appears on their album, Colors.
- ASIN : 0892215372
- Publisher : New Leaf Press; Har/Com edition (March 1, 2003)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 192 pages
- ISBN-10 : 9780892215379
- ISBN-13 : 978-0892215379
- Item Weight : 9.6 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.5 x 0.9 x 7.8 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #142,542 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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G.I. Joe and Lillie's love story begins when they are called to duty in World War II. Joe was a street kid from Philly and Lillie was a farmer's daughter from Roanoke Rapids, NC. Both had a difficult childhood and left high school in the 9th grade, and both had a desire to help the war effort in the best way that they could. Joe & Lillie's journey began in May 1943, when at the age of eighteen, Joe enlisted in the Army, while Lillie left home in 1943 at the age of sixteen and worked in a defense plant in Michigan before joining the Women's Army Corps. (WAC) at the age of seventeen in August 1944. These two young people met, fell in love, married, and served their nation in the armed forces. They had a special marriage that spanned fifty-five years, one that was based on love, faith, loyalty, commitment, and dedication to each other, no matter what trials and tribulations that they faced through the years.
Since his childhood, Author Joe Bonsall has been fascinated with the idiosyncrasies of war, so in addition to sharing G.I. Joe and Lillie's story with the reader, he interweaves a richly descriptive and historical account of World War II, with photos interspersed throughout the book.
G.I. Joe & Lillie is an inspirational and compelling memoir that documents the lives of two American heroes, their love, and the memories that will remain forever in the author and his family's heart. You can't help but feel the patriotism and pride that runs throughout the story, and feel the enduring love and deep family values that kept G.I Joe & Lillie's marriage going throughout the years. This lovely memoir will make the reader pause and consider what our military personnel go through as they serve overseas, and the serious trauma and other effects (PTSD) that they face when they come home, and how their families provide the love, support, and perseverance to help them get through it with dignity, honor, and grace.
G.I. Joe & Lillie is an emotional memoir that will tug at the heartstrings and stir the soul.
Joe Bonsall, tenor or the Oak Ridge Boys, has proven that his talent lies far beyond the country music stage. He does as well, if not better (and that is saying a lot) with a pen as he does with a microphone. I hope if he ever decides to retire from his singing career he will continue to write, for adults as well as children. There are very few authors that can take me away and put me into the lives of the people he/ she is writing about, causing me to see the world through their eyes.
Thank you Joe, for sharing the wonderful story of G.I. Joe and Lillie.