My Father's Secret War by Lucinda Franks
In this fascinating and heart-rending memoir, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist
Lucinda Franks recounts her quest to learn the secrets of her estranged father's
role in World War II. After regarding her father for years as a difficult and
destructive man, she reluctantly comes to his aid as he's being evicted from his
apartment at age 80, and comes across clues that there's more to him than meets
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In this fast-moving, engaging book, former Senator Bob Dole recounts growing up poor,
becoming an Army lieutenant and then suffering a near-fatal
wound in Italy in the waning days of the war. After victory was won, Dole’s
battle was just beginning, with years of uncertain recovery ahead of him.
Multiple surgeries and grueling therapy got him back on his feet and walking,
but could not restore his arms. At times his frail condition took a turn for the
worse and he hovered near death. Read more
wanted to go off to war, and my mother wouldn't let me
an excerpt from my book Texans
Touched by World War II, William White tells of serving on PC-1127
as a sonar man. He saw action at Tarawa, Guam and Okinawa.
Path to Victory: The Mediterranean Theater in World War II
stars. The Mediterranean Sea is not one of the better known theaters of
operations from World War II. In fact many consider it to have been little
more than a warm-up for the real thing. But historian Douglas Porch argues
persuasively that the Mediterranean was the key to winning the whole
conflict. In fact, he maintains that if the Allies had chosen not to fight
there, the Axis likely would have won the war.
D-Day: The Greatest Invasion - A
stars. This engrossing book brings to life the Normandy invasion on both
the large and small scale, moving deftly back and forth between the
overall strategy and the individual soldier’s view from the thick of
combat. Richly illustrated with both photos and artwork, the book moves
from the planning stages to the efforts to deceive the enemy as to where
the attack would fall and on to the secretive training. The book neglects
none of the major aspects of the invasion, covering Pegasus Bridge, Ste-M¨¨re-Eglise,
the sea and air assaults, Utah and Omaha beaches, the Pointe du Hoc,
Sword, Juno and Gold beaches and the breakout. One feature I particularly
enjoyed was the way the book shows a historic photograph of combat
operations on a beach or a street and then shows, right next to it, a
photo of the exact same location as it is today. The book also does not
fail to bring us the names, faces and words of the people who lived
through these events. Author Dan van der Vat, also known for Pearl Harbor:
The Day of Infamy – An Illustrated History, has put together a
compelling account of the grandest military operation ever attempted. With
an introduction by John S.D. Eisenhower, Dwight Eisenhower’s son.
veterans of these units
I'm looking for certain combat veterans to
interview for a future book. I need to find men who served in any of
the following units between October 1944 and January 1945: the 4th,
8th, 9th, 28th, 275th and 353rd Infantry Divisions; 2nd, 3rd and 9th
Armored Divisions; and the 2nd Ranger Battalion. Please contact
me if you or a family member fit this description.
A thank-you to veterans
A heart-felt message from a site
the bridge at Remagen
James Camp fought his way through the
hedgerows of France and crossed the Rhine with the 9th Infantry
risks all to help wounded German
Joe Salzano dodged German bullets to
help a wounded German soldier.
in the Ribeauville area
36th Division soldier goes face to face
with the enemy as the Germans attack. This contribution by Fielding
Tucker is a followup to his earlier story, Promise
Made, Promise Kept.
story of the Cisco Kid
Detailed history of a B-24 Liberator
crew's experiences in the Pacific Theater.
then the sharks came
Survivor recounts the sinking of the
War brings change to the remote island
firing! Most of us are already hit
After repelling an attack by GIs, German
soldiers show mercy.
The target for today is Hamburg
B-17 navigator bails out, realizes his
parachute is badly damaged.
Get down, they're shooting back!
A souvenir-hunting trip near the front
line in North Africa gets cut short.
John R. Johnson of the 66th wrote down
his memories before he passed away; his granddaughter shares a few
of his stories with us.
comes home after 57 years
The niece of a P-38 pilot missing in
action couldn't give up her search until she knew what had happened
of my memories of the Marianas campaign, 1944
George G. Parness remembers a close
Navy corpsman on Guadalcanal
Interesting details on how a corpsman
provided first aid to the wounded in the thick of battle in isolated
Hurtgen Forest battle: Costly, unproductive, ill-advised
A veteran who witnessed hell on Earth, the aftermath of the Hurtgen Forest battle, is still emotional about what he saw.
1944: A view from the ground
Dorice Lindsey witnessed the war as
a teen-ager living in Chatou, France.
panorama along the Rhine
Kenneth Haas describes the thick of
battle near the bridge at Remagen.
medic's journey across Europe
Wesley C. Reading lived through
battles in St. Lo, the Hurtgen Forest, and Vossenack.
factories to military intelligence
Shirley Nankivell Reading tested shells before going to work in
in B-24 explosion
The updated story of Harper Zoller and the crew of the
'Lady Luck.' Bob Zoller, his nephew, was contacted by another crew member's
family thanks to this site!
of two nations
The story of Capt. Stefan P. Wesolowski, a Polish
national who served as second-in-command on an American aircraft
Promise made, promise kept
Fielding Tucker's patrol was ambushed.
The D-Day Invasion
The account of John D. Hinton.
William White, veteran featured in Texans Touched
By World War II passes away
William White, who shared stories of
his experiences in the Pacific including action at Tarawa, Guam and
Okinawa for my second book, died Dec. 17, 2003. He will be missed. 1/21/04
Wife of veteran featured
in The Courage of Common Men passes away
Alta Fay Harper, wife of 60 years of
World War II veteran Charles Harper, passed away Oct. 28. Mrs. Harper
was a sweet woman. Our thoughts and prayers are with Charles Harper.
WAVE featured in The Courage of Common Men passes away
I recently learned that Virginia Gibeson
of San Antonio, who shared precious memories for my first book,
died earlier this year. Here's her daughter's touching note.
World War II veterans' stories