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World War II Remembered Paperback – February 8, 2012
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This conflict has fueled thousands of stories, films, and other forms of entertainment in the seventy years since its end. But, of course the best stories are those told by those who were actually there.
The youngest of the WWII veterans are in their late 70s or early 80s. Sadly in ten years or so, we may no longer have any WWII veterans, just as we don't have any more WWI veterans.
While reading this, I realized that many of the WWII vets who are still alive are in retirement communities like Kendal at Hanover. I would seriously hope that other retirement communities take Kendal's lead (well, two other books like this came out first, but Kendal's is the one that the media has latched onto) and encourage their residents to write about something they did during the war, no matter how trivial they think it may be. I'd rather the future be inundated with WWII memoirs, than complain that it has too few.
I find this book to be very, very interesting. Well written and most stories are three to six pages long. It is a 344 page book. Many of the contributors came from educated families or at least the author became one after the War. Never the less they had War stories to tell too.
A worth while read. A must read.
Shortly after, I considered offering my services as a neighborhood air raid warden. I had a deferment due to an astigmatism in my left eye. But finally was drafted into the Army two weeks after the Japanese signed peace documents aboard the USS Missouri. I was perfect as a clerk-typist to help prepare discharge documents for GIs returning from the European and Pacific war theaters. I was stationed at Fort Mac Arthur near the Los Angeles Harbor.
An amusing incident occured while I was working the night shift. A WAC lieutenant supervised our preparation of the discharge papers. As a practical joke, I blew some cigaret smoke underneath my manual typewriter and commenced to type rapidly as possible. Our WAC lieutenant turned around to to see why the men were laughing. Looking at my typewriter and the smoke, her eyes
grew big. But it was not long before she caught on and laughed with we soldier workers.
A visit from then four star General Dwight Eisenhower is also recalled as was his "Keep up the good work, men." short speech.
I also recall vividly the order given us by the commander in chief, President Harry S Truman, to intergrade the military.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I am not a war buff, but read it because my town was in it and so much of it was familiar. Certainly interesting and touching, but not compelling like so many other war books.Published 15 months ago by Patricia Eldridge
Points if view from people that actually were boots on the ground. It is my era so I enjoyed the historical valuePublished on February 7, 2014 by CAB
Excellent story telling, from those who were there. I am not sure what more you need in order to appreciate this book. READ IT, CHACHI.Published on December 2, 2013 by David B. Andrews
I liked the fact that home front stories were included--along with gripping tales of combat. Stories of living in wartime Europe rounded out the 56 memoirs.Published on July 25, 2013 by Clinton Gardner