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Voices of My Comrades America's Reserve Officers Remember World War II by Ted Stevens, Senator Daniel K. Inouye

Voices of My Comrades America's Reserve Officers Remember World War II


Part of the World War II: The Global, Human, and Ethical Dimension Series


Voices of My Comrades America's Reserve Officers Remember World War II by Ted Stevens, Senator Daniel K. Inouye

Over the course of five years, the Reserve Officers Association of the United States-the nation's oldest such professional military organization-invited its members to write about their experiences in World War II. The response was an impressive outpouring of memories, now compiled here in an extraordinary record of courage, sacrifice, and commitment. Stories from 240 veterans-representing all theaters, ranks, and services-track the years of World War II month by month. From the young ensign's letter to his fiancee, describing his escape from the USS Cassin minutes before it explodes at Pearl Harbor, to the battle-seasoned colonel's account of his flyover at the peace-treaty signing aboard the USS Missouri, the stories give a human face to the moments of war, written by men and women who intimately lived those history-making days, on bombing missions and invasion duty, on front lines and the home front. Readers will meet a survivor of the USS Reuben James, sunk by a German U-boat before December 7, 1941, and eight D-Day invaders of Normandy, including Lieutenant Colonel J. Strom Thurmond, paratrooper. They will also meet a bodyguard to General Douglas MacArthur and the nurses who healed the fallen in huts on Bataan, the hospital ship Shamrock in the Mediterranean, and field hospitals in France. Here, too, are personal accounts by Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASPs) and the battlehardened engineers of the Seabees in the Pacific. Other veterans tell of surviving the sinking of the troopship Leopoldville, when 750 Americans died in the English Channel on Christmas Eve, 1944; the horrific discovery of the Nazi extermination camps; and the tragic bombings near war's end of unmarked Japanese ships transporting U.S. POWs from the Philippines. Featuring photographs, a chronology, and historical introductions, this book-thanks to these stories by ordinary soldiers, sailors, airmen, marines, and nurses-is destined to become an enduring testimony to the American experience in World War II.


Voices of My Comrades illustrates the true global nature of World War II and the variety of duties that go into warfighting, from piloting gliders into chaotic landing zones behind enemy lines to getting the payroll ashore in Normandy. * -The Officer * Voices of My Comrades is a compelling account of what took place during World War II in the words of those who were there. This collection of letters, stories and reminiscences of so many reveal the bravery, heroism and just plain determination shown by the men and women serving our country at such a critical point in history. A sobering reminder of what it means to fight for what you believe in. -- -Sara Horn, author of the Gold Medallion-nominee, A Greater Freedom: Stories of Faith from Operation Iraqi Freedom, and publisher of . . . Voices of My Comrades is a valuable resource for World War II scholars . . . * -The Journal of Military History * Tracks the years of WWII through stories from 240 veterans. * -Publishers Weekly * Voices of my Comrades features so many exhilarating and untold accounts, it is as if the story of the war were being told for the first time. This book is an extraordinary achievement and a much-needed contribution to the canon of great World War II literature. -- -Andrew Carroll * editor of the New York Times bestsellers WAR LETTERS and BEHIND THE LINES * . . .[Kelly] has given voice to hundreds of World War II veterans in a book due out this month. * -Pittsburgh Catholic * Voices of My Comrades provides great insight into the personal experiences and sacrifices of many members of the WWII generation, who by history and fate were handed extraordinary challenges, and who responded overwhelmingly to the call to duty. -- -Bob Dole . . . Tells the tale of World War II through the eyes of every military branch and every position . . . * -Cincinatti Tab - Forest Hills Journal *

About the Author

CAROL ADELE KELLY, a Cincinnati-based editor and writer, is project officer and copy editor of The Officer magazine of the Reserve Officers Association of the United States, where these stories originally appeared.

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Publication date

15th December 2007


Ted Stevens, Senator Daniel K. Inouye

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Fordham University Press


548 pages


General & world history
Second World War



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