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A Salute to Patriotism: The Life and Work of Major General Howard L. Peckham Paperback – May 26, 2011
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"A very informative book. Her father's work in Paris reminded me of a marker I once saw in a Kansas cemetery--'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." -- Forrest E. Funk, World War II Veteran
"A Salute to Patriotism is the story of Major General Howard L. Peckham. What makes the book special is that it is penned by his daughter, who showcases the legacy of her father and captures the love he had for his country. She is articulate when it comes to sharing her father's life with readers and gives insight into people who lived during and after WWII. She also discusses her father's personal life in this well-written biography, showing readers that, apart form being an amazing man, he was also a good husband and father."--Mamta Madhavan, Book Reviewer
"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
"Major General Howard Peckham definitely led an interesting life, as depicted throughout this book. But this isn't just a book of the professional work. . . . It's also about his personal life. . . . I found it very interesting learning about history in this way. . . .There is also plenty of information from the author's point of view to go along with what is being said. . . . excellently written and also very descriptive. I was intrigued by everything I read and would definitely do better with history if it was all written this way." 5 STARS! Reviewed by Samantha Rivera of Readers' Favorite
From the Author
My father's major World War II story, for which he received a DSM medal, included searching for oil and procuring it, procuring gasoline, and then allocating these products to American troops worldwide. It also also gave me the inspiration to write this book. He was a brigadier general then (promoted to major general in 1952). Here are excerpts from two of the several publications that mention his work as director of fuels and lubricants:
Aramco, the United States, and Saudi Arabia: A Study of the Dynamics of Foreign Oil Policy, 1933-1950, by Irvine H. Anderson, Jr:
Top Customer Reviews
I was particularly inspired by the humility that he showed, as well as by the author's bold and almost impartial method of writing - despite the connection between the subject and writer. His actions speak for themselves, and I would challenge anyone not to read the story of this tremendous life and not be stunned by the honor and fortitude of this American hero. Major-General Howard Peckham will probably not make it into the history books, just as so many unsung heroes are forgotten in the pages of time, but he certainly deserves his place. Hopefully, this book will stand as a testament to the man and the selfless devotion to his country and the men he once called brothers.
I think the author took an honest and inspiring approach to the story, not overflowing with embellishment or praise, simply telling the story of a truly remarkable and dedicated hero that should never be forgotten. I felt as though I were reading the story of one of my grandfather's friends; some of the locations and critical events of history rang out in this book and I found myself more invested and engaged with such a crucial point in our nation's history - and even beyond it as the story reached the later decades of Peckham's marvelous life.
I am a huge history buff, and although I wasn’t aware of General Beckham before reading this biography, I developed a general admiration for his work and dedication to the United States. It’s an excellent read that is well written and researched. I am happy to recommend it to anyone interested in the unsung heroes of our country. 5 stars!
We learn that the general’s father was a farmer, who had four greenhouses. Howard worked for his father trucking veggies to locale markets in Connecticut. “After graduating from Norwich Free Academy, a school with high scholastic standards, he received an appointment to West Point. His boyhood daydream about having a career in the U.S. Army was about to become a reality.” As World War I ended, “Howard Peckham was one of those newly commissioned second lieutenants who graduated in November 1918.” Howard later went on to graduated from the U.S. Army’s Corps of Engineers. Howard meets Marion Shaw (his future wife) at Fort Hayes. He marries Marion... as Hitler rises to power in Germany.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I was contacted by the author to provide an honest review. I was intrigued when I saw General Peckham served in the Corps of Engineers. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Jeff Dawson
Jean contacted me and asked, as a military historian and author to review her book. I soon found myself well-entrenched into the story of her father for many reasons. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Colin D. Heaton
Mrs. Kavale has certainly done her homework on this book. Her description of WWII in Africa and Europe was impressive. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Kindle Customer
A great telling of an "American journey" and the history of America from the 20's through the 60's. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Ron Morrison
Jean Peckham Kavale, a most excellent writer. She tells the interesting story of her father’s life from 29 May 1897 until October 1972. She does a good job of doing it to. Read morePublished 4 months ago by George W. Newport
When I started this book, I was expecting it to be mostly a history of WW II. It turned out to be the story of those men that took on the challenge of their generation and... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Bill
The subject of “A Salute to Patriotism” is the author’s father, Major General Howard L. Peckham. Gen. Peckham’s life is not that of a typical military biography. Read morePublished 8 months ago by James Gallen
The achievements of Major General Howard Peckham are impressive. The man who cherished his family is brought to life in the pages of “A Salute To Patriotism. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Justin Oldham
Right from the beginning, one can sense the pride that Jean Kavale has for her father. The story is straight from the heart. It describes Gen. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Vista Bill Raley