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A Salute to Patriotism: The Life and Work of Major General Howard L. Peckham by [Kavale, Jean]
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"There is also plenty of information from the author's point of view to go along with what is being said . . . excellently written . . . very descriptive. I was intrigued by everything I read and would definitely do better with history if it was all written this way."-- Samantha Rivera for Readers' Favorite

"The book is well thought-out and well researched. . . a well-documented war story that needed to be told. . . The writing is straightforward, accessible, and especially charming as the author brings in her own stories, her own point of view." -- Commentary from Writer's Digest


"Articulate when it comes to sharing her father's life . . .gives insight into people who lived during and after WWII. . .also discusses her father's personal life in this well-written biography, showing readers that, apart from being an amazing man, he was also a good husband and father."-- Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite

"The reader is given what I feel is an intimate look into the life of a man who gave his entire life to serving his country. . . The book is written well with a good eye to detail and flow. It is also edited well, making it an enjoyable read. I would recommend any military or patriotic historian give this one a try."-- Kathryn Bennett for Readers' Favorite

 
"Informative. . . Her father's work in Paris reminded me of a marker: 'He left his home in perfect health, he looked so young and brave. We little thought how soon he'd be laid in a soldier's grave.' He might have been one of the boys Jean's dad sent back." -- Forest Funk, WWII Veteran

From the Author

One thing that inspired me to write this book, among others, was Saving Private Ryan. I first saw that film several years ago. When the opening scenes appeared of the American military cemetery overlooking Omaha Beach, I was reminded of my father's work as head of the American Graves Registration Command (AGRC). He held that position in Europe during the critical period 1947-1950.

I felt then, and still do, that people should know the history behind that resting place and about the diligent work performed by the U.S. Army in caring for the more than 150,000 deceased heroes of the European Theater. I did considerable research before writing the chapters in my book that pertain to the work.

When Dad was ordered to head the AGRC in 1947, the fallen Americans of the European Theater were resting in 37 temporary cemeteries scattered throughout Europe. Under his command, they were either returned home for reburial or reinterred in one of the ten permanent American cemeteries in Europe, depending on the wishes of the next of kin. The AGRC did the grading, constructing, and reinterring at the permanent resting places, including the formerly temporary one overlooking Omaha Beach. The civilian agency that took over the cemeteries in 1951 replaced the Army's simple wooden crosses and stars with those of marble and added structures, such as beautiful statues.

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  • File Size: 11059 KB
  • Print Length: 362 pages
  • Publication Date: January 25, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00B6EIUNI
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