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I thought I would start a thread to see what people are currently reading. This doesn't have to be your favorite book. Just whatever you are reading right now. We may get some good suggestions. I am always looking for good first person accounts of war. To get this started, I will list what I have just finished too.


Just finished: "The Wrong Stuff - The Adventures and Misadventures of an 8th Air Force Aviator" by Truman Smith

Currently reading: "No Time for Fear - Voices of American Military Nurses in WWII" by Diane Burke Fessler






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THE VIETNAM WAR: AN ALMANAC, Edited by: John S. Bowman, 1985, a World Almanac Publication, 512 pages

HONORING FAMILY LtCol Wm Russell (1679-1757) VA Mil; Pvt Zachariah McKay (1714-97) Frederick VA Mil; BrigGen Evan Shelby, Jr (1719-94) VA Mil; Pvt Vincent Hobbs (1722-1808) Wythe VA Mil; Pvt Hugh Alexander (1724-77); Lt John R. Litton (1726-1804); Bvt BrigGen/Col Wm W. Russell (1735-93) 5th VA Rgmt; Lt James Scott (1736-1817); Capt John Murray, Sr (1747-1833); Capt John Sehorn, Sr (1748-1831) VA Mil; Pvt Corbin Lane (1750-1816) Franklin/TN Mil; Cpl Jesse D. Reynolds (1750-1836) 5th VA Rgmt; Capt. Solomon C. Litton (1751-1844); 1Lt Christopher Casey (1754-1840) SC Mil; Pvt Mark Adams (1755-1828); Pvt Randolph White (1755-1831) Bailey's Co. VA Rgmt; Capt. John R. Russell (1758-1838); Pvt Joseph T. Cooley (1767-1826) Fort Hempstead Mil; Pvt Thomas Barron (1776-1863) 1812; Capt. John Baumgardner (1787-1853) VA Mil; Pvt Joel Estep (1828-1864) Co B 5th KY Inf CSA & US; Pvt George B. Bell (1833-1910) Co C 47th IL Inf US; Cpl Daniel H. Barron (1838-1910) Co B 19th TN Rgmt Inf CSA; Capt Richard K. Kaufman (1908-1946) 7th PRG/3rd AF CCU; T-5 Vernon L. Bell (1926-95) 1802nd Spec Rgmt; PO2 Murray J. Heichman (1932-2019) HQSB/MCRD; PFC Jess Long (1934-2017) US Army; PFC Donald W. Johnson (1931-) 43rd ID HQ; A1C Keith W. Bell (1931-2011) 314th TCW; A3C Michael S. Bell (1946-) 3346th CMS; A1C Sam W. Lee (1954-2017) 2d BW; AW3 Keith J. Price (1975-) VP-10; 1Lt Matthew Wm Bell (1985-) 82nd Abn/SOC

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Wings Across the World The story of the ATC by Hugh Cave and AH-64 Apache Units of Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom by Jonathan Bernstein. Both good reads, and recomended. Dave




Thanks to all of those who served.

Always searching for odd or unusual items pertaining to Aircraft Manufacturing Plant #4 in Fort Worth, Texas


Consolidated Aircraft - Consolidated Vultee - Convair - General Dynamics items

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"River Run Red" by Andrew Ward, Viking Penguin, 2005. 530 pages.

Sub-title "The Fort Pillow Massacre in the American Civil War". ISBN 0-670-03440-1.


I'm getting prepared for my visit to Fort Pillow for their anniversary event. I'm taking some family members who have never been there. Our direct ancestor was one of the Confederate KIA's in that Battle.



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A Military Pilot s Exciting Life and Visit from the Hereafter . Kenneth Slaker.

Firsthand account of a B-17 pilot who finished 50 missions out of North Africa & Italy. He also flew in the Berlin airlift where he escaped from East Germany after his plane crashed. It is a pretty good read. The book details his whole career, a few parts are a little slow.


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The Silent War .

South African Recce operations

1969-94 .

Peter Stiff .

A fantastic read .

Covert war is dangerous at best and even more dangerous when a govt denies it ..with silence .

But years later access to the files makes this story read like a dirty James Bond thriller.

Blood diamond like Disney land .

Empty trucks roll into Zambia only to return piled high with bodies .

24 hours a day .

If you want to know what happened to the Selous scouts and the Rhodesian SAS then this is a read for you .

Printed in South Africa in 1999 by Galago I got this book many years ago in Ebay and am only not hitting it .



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The Last Mission by Jim Smith.


Just bought some patches from the son of one of the pilots who participated in the last bombing mission to Japan in WWII.


WANTED: Philippine Department & Division patch variations, uniforms, & other items.
~In honor of Private Placido Conejos, 14th Engineer Regt. (Philippine Scouts). KIA on Bataan, 02/13/1942

My links: Lolo's (Grandfather's) WWII Service | My Mini-Museum of Sea Lions and Carabaos ASMIC Newsletter Editor (4653) | PSHS Nat. Secretary & Webmaster








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"Stillwell and the American Experience in China, 1911-45" by Barbara W. Tuchman


It's sort of a Biography of General Stillwell and the history of our involvement with China at the same time. It's very interesting and it sheds a lot of light on the CBI Theater.





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"Thunder Below" by Rear Admiral Eugene B. Fluckey.


It is the story of the U.S.S. Barb and her war patrols in World War II.


The crew of the Barb earned a combined Medal of Honor, 6 Navy Crosses, 23 Silver Stars, 24 Bronze Stars, 4 Navy Marine Corps Medals.


This is a great book by a true American hero and I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys reading about submarine naval warfare.


Below is the battle flag from the Barb. The original can be seen in the Submarine Museum in New London Connecticut.





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I just finished "Dear Mom" by Joseph T. Ward, a former USMC Scout Sniper in Vietnam. It's an excellent book.

Right now I am digging into "The Mighty Eighth" by Gerald Astor, about the 8th AF in WWII, and "Backdoor to Berlin" by Wes Gallagher, a long out of print (1943) book on Operation Torch.



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Quote of the Century: [shrapneldude] 9:15 pm: I'm half-tempted to take my Marines down and put up some AAF displays.

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"The Last Lieutenant- A Foxhole View of the Epic Battle for Iwo Jima" by John C. Shively

Judges 1:19- And the LORD was with Judah; and he drave out the inhabitants of the mountain; but could not drive out the inhabitants of the valley, because they had chariots of iron.

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Just finished the "Coldest Winter" by Halberstam, it was pretty good but could have used some more editing. It's a shame he was killed as he was a great researcher and author.


Right now I am reading "To Conquer Hell" by Edward Lengel. I am only 50 pages into it, but a good history so far of the largest battle of WWI for the AEF.




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The Battle for the Rhine - Robin Neillands



Looking for original photos and other items from the First World War US 77th Infantry Division.

Also interested in BAR and M1917A1 BMG related items.

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Behind the Lines by: Andrew Carroll


It has a much deeper meaning as I sit in the barracks at Ft. Hood reading it in preparation for a deployment to Iraq.



My friends, my heroes. You will never be forgotten.

Jason Gonzalez- June 5, 2005

Keith Mariotti- June 30, 2005

Jason West- July 24, 2006

Carlos Martinez- April 25, 2009

Patrick Hamburger- August 6, 2011

Kevin Hatcher- March 29, 2012

David Chu- June 23, 2013

Steven Keech- September 15, 2013

Mark Armijo- March 6, 2019



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Force Recon Diary, 1969. Bruce H. Norton. Bantam books.


Navy corpsman with 3d Force Recon. A gripping, detailed acount. Recommended.








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Four Stars of Valor by Phil Nordyke.

This is the combat history of the 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment, the only parachute regiment to make four combat jumps during WWII.


Always looking for 29th & 36th infantry divisions items (uniforms, medals, groupings, papers, maps, books...)




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"Night Drop" by BGen S.L.A. Marshall - 1962 - The Story of the Airborne Operation in Normandy June 1944. Excellent History!


"I have only two men out of my company and 20 out of some other company. We need support, but it is almost suicide to try to get it here as we are swept by machine gun fire and constant barrage is on us. I have no one on my left and only a few on my right. I will hold." (Message sent by 1st Lt. Clifton B. Cates. USMC, 96th Co., Soissons, 19 July 1918 - later 19th Commandant of the Marine Corps 1948-1952)

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