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Uncle Matty Comes Home Hardcover – September 15, 2017
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Thanks so much for all you have done to honor your Uncle Matty and the great paratroopers of the 82nd Airborne Division in the liberation of France. He died to make others free — there is no higher honor.
—Airborne All the Way! General Mark Milley, U.S. Army*
Your Uncle Martin Teahan’s rifle is a special piece of history. He must be smiling from Paratroopers’ Heaven.
—Brigadier General Patrick Collet, Commanding Officer, 11th Parachute Brigade, French Army (Armée de Terre)
I was in the same company as Private Martin Teahan when we both jumped into Normandy on June 6, 1944. He ran around with one of the commo [communication] platoon Sergeants, O.B. Hill, and sang a lot of country songs. Being from Oklahoma, I was always there, listening. If I could say one word to Teahan, it would be this: “The bond that existed when you left the 508th PIR still exists today, some 73 years later, due to your friend Sergeant O.B. Hill and the officers and members of the Family and Friends of the 508th PIR Association.
—Retired Command Sergeant Major Kenneth J. “Rock” Merritt, HQ Co., 1st BN 508TH PIR (1942-1946)
Jim Farrell has brought his hero Uncle Matty back to life as he traces the fascinating journey of Matty’s rifle from the battlefield where he was slain to its display in the office of 39th Army Chief of Staff General Mark A. Milley more than 70 years after Matty’s death. It is an incredible, one-of-a-kind story, written with eloquence and emotion.
—Dick O’Donnell, National Chairman, Family and Friends of the 508th PIR Association
The story of Matty Teahan’s rifle, and the determination of his nephew to honor a fallen family hero, is one of the most inspiring and poignant stories I have ever reported on in my 50 years as a journalist. Jim Farrell’s Uncle Matty Comes Home is a fitting tribute and epitaph to one man’s sacrifice for the cause of freedom.
—Andrew Smart, Features Department, Nottingham Post, England
* Disclaimer: The above quote is my own and does not necessarily reflect the views of the Department of Defense or its components.
About the Author
Gayle Wurst, PhD, runs Princeton International Agency for the Arts, LLC, a full-service literary agency offering consulting, editorial, translation, and agent services. Specializing in memoirs, military history, and oral history, the agency has a particular interest in World War II, Normandy, and airborne-related material. She is the co-author with her uncle, Col. Spencer F. Wurst, of: Descending from the Clouds: A Memoir of Combat in the 505 Parachute Infantry Regiment, 82d Airborne Division.
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