In anticipation of Veteran’s Day, here’s a sneak peek of my upcoming book, including photos! Remember this is from an uncorrected proof, so the color is off and the quality isn’t perfect. But you’ll meet a couple of the nurses featured, and see a bit of how the story begins. Click below where it says Download File.
PURE GRIT: HOW AMERICAN WWII NURSES SURVIVED BATTLE AND PRISON CAMP IN THE PACIFIC.
This week I attended a Living History celebration in McMinnville, Oregon, honoring American veteran’s. This is the second year the Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum has invited hundreds of students to come and hear first hand the stories of vets from WWII right up to the present.
This year the program featured Ex-POWs from Bataan and Corregidor, as well as Tuskegee Airmen, one of the first black American aviators to serve in combat, the Tuskegee Airmen were pilots whose heroic World War II exploits helped persuade President Harry Truman to end segregation across the entire military.
In COURAGE HAS NOT COLOR by Tanya Lee Stone you can read the story of America's first black paratroopers, known as the Triple Nickles. These men fought a little-known World War II attack on the American West by the Japanese.
Also saw the documentary NEVER THE SAME – THE PRISONER OF WAR EXPERIENCE and met the film’s Emmy® Award-winning director Jan Thompson. Jan’s father was a POW captured by the Japanese after the surrender of Corregidor Island May 6, 1942. See the trailer here-> http://www.tragedyofbataan.com/ Next week I’ll post my interview with Jan about why she made the film talk to one ex-POW who knew two of the nurses in my book PURE GRIT.
Any veterans in your family tree? Go ahead and name them in the comments. Veteran's Day is a holiday to honor all who have served our country.
My father-in-law landed at Normandy one month after D-Day and fought in WWII in the Battle of the Bulge. My mother-in-law also wore army boots! Seriously, she was a 1st Lieutenant. My father and a brother also served. And okay, this is going way back, but my a relative served in the Civil War and another in the American Revolution.
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